1907, East Tennessee

They went out to Oklahoma, a new state, my hopeful grandparents. There would be three sons: James Patton, Baxter, Jr., and my father, Robert Love, all born in Atoka, Oklahoma. A nephew of two of Tennessee's most memorable governors, Robert Love Taylor and Alfred Alexander Taylor, Baxter worked as the editor of the Atoka (Oklahoma) Democrat, and in 1910 was elected county judge. Then it was time to move on to higher things, for he was from a family keen on politics, and he moved his young family to Oklahoma City, where, in 1917, the politics were heating up.


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