Re: FLETCH TAYLOR?
Thanks for your input, Bruce. I wasn't inquiring just so I could try to discredit your sources. The project I'm currently working on is the early history of Joplin, particularly the notorious side of it, like gambling, saloons, etc. I'm going to have a chapter about colorful characters of Civil War fame who settled in Joplin during its early days--namely Doc Jennison, David Mefford, and Fletch Taylor. Jennison was a notorious gambler and Mefford a saloonkeeper. Taylor was probably the most respectable citizen of the three, but his residence in Joplin occasioned periodic visits to the town from old Civil War pals of his like Frank and Jesse James. I had planned to refer to Fletch's service in the Mo. General Assembly, but I couldn't find evidence of such service. I was hoping someone like yourself might be able to point me to a government document or contemporaneous newspaper report mentioning Fletch's political career, but it looks as if all we have are his reminiscences, probably from the early 20th century. It's possible he, like his brother, was a delegate to the constitutional convention, which is similar to being a state rep. Or maybe, in old age, he transposed elements of his brother's career with his own. Or maybe he really was a state rep and I just haven't been able to find proof of it yet. At any rate, I think I'll just omit any reference to his being a state legislator unless I find more definite proof.