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Justice Fawcett Gowler Taylor

served three years as alderman on city council and three years as mayor. He resigned as Mayor to go overseas in 1915. He was de­ fea ted in the election of 1915 but was elected to the Legislative As­ sembly in 1920 and re-elected in 1922, 1927 and 1932. He was chosen leader of the Conserva­ tive Party in April 1922 and led his group in the House for 10 years. He resigned in 1933 upon his appointment to the Court of Queen's Bench.

Mr. Justice Taylor, was a de­ voted Mason, having served as Past Master of Lodge No.7, A.F. & A.M., and was a member of Keystone Chapter Royal Arch Masons.

He married Mabel Agnes Dykeman on December 31, 1901 and there were no chi Idren born of the marriage.

Mr. Justice F. G. Taylor died on January 2, 1940 at age 61.

In 1937 a lasting memorial to him took the form of a change of name for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 65 Club Room, located at the corner of Duke Avenue and Main Street. This building was torn down in 1959 and its basement roofed and used as a club room until a hall above it WaS completed later in the year.

In 1968 the club room was converted into a cocktail room, described as "one of the best in Manitoba". Mr. E. G. Webb, the only Charter Member still living, cut the ribbon for the official open­ ing on August 24, 1968. Mr. Hugh Rea presented the history of the Branch since its inception.

This building, one of which Portagers can be proud, will always bear the name of a man, respectfully esteemed by all who knew him, Major Fawcett Taylor.

CHIEF JUSTICE CAL VERT CHARLTON MILLER Calvert Charlton Miller was born Sept. 3rd, 1899, to Andrew and Lydia (Charlton) Miller, who were among the earliest arrivals to the Portage district.