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Alta Permelia Taylor
July 1st, 2007 by Jessica

Tin-type photo of Alta Permelia Taylor near her first birthday in 1890Alta Permelia Taylor was born February 07, 1889 in Osgood, Ripley County, Indiana.

She was one of two children born to John Randolph Taylor (1847-1892) and Lavina Isadora Knapp (1856-1915). She had one older sister named Lulu Mabel.Alta graduated from Otter Creek Township Public Schools in Indiana, Spring 1907

Alta married Arch Leland Bostic on November 22, 1914 in Ripley County, Indiana. The couple had one child: Velma Isadora in 1923.

Alta poses with grandson Jerald Green and his new wife KarenAlta was known as Baw Baw for much of her later life. Her granddaughter, Barbara Joan, started calling her that when she was a baby because she couldn’t pronounce “Grandma”.

Baw Baw poses in peach dress with yellow and blue flowers, circa 1981Baw Baw was one of the most creative women who ever lived. She was always making up games for the family to play together, writing beautiful poetry and short stories, and had elaborate tastes in jewelry and furnishings.

The headstone of Arch Bostic at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Ripley County, IndianaBaw Baw passed away on August 10, 1981 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. She is buried next to her husband at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Ripley County, Indiana.

A Matter of Public Record: Alta Permelia Taylor

1900 US Census, State of Indiana, Ripley County, Otter Creek Township, ED 129, Sheet 4A, Line 30, Image 7/13

1910 US Census, State of Indiana, Ripley County, Otter Creek Township North Div., ED 149, Sheet 1A, Line 23, Image 1/14

1920 US Census, State of Indiana, Madison County, City of Anderson, ED 110, Sheet 6B, Line 68, Image 12/45

1930 US Census, State of Indiana, Madison County, City of Anderson, ED 21, Sheet 8A, Line 38, Image 15/41


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