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Bell story elicits memory of significant moment in Columbia life

When Joe Taylor, Sr. died, there was an unforgettable tribute to him, a time when students at the school made an unforgettable, solemn tribute to a quiet, gentle, steadfast man, the janitor, who was always there, in the background doing his job so well.
From notes from Ann Curtis

The story in Sunday with CM, January 20, 2013, about the new life for the bell from Columbia Graded and High school, elicited a reminder about the man who rang the bell, Joe Taylor, Sr.

Ann Heskamp Curtis wrote, "I enjoyed the story of the old school bell and think it's great that it will be a feature at the new school. I must say that although I attended the Columbia Grade Center for 8 years in the 1950s, I have no memory of the bell!"

But what she does remember is of even more importance, about Mr. Taylor's death:
"I do remember Mr. Joe Taylor, however. He was such a kind and gentle soul. When he died, all of the schoolchildren were taken to pay our respect at the funeral home. We walked from the school at the top of Guardian Street, around the Square and to the funeral home on Greensburg St., where we reverently filed through, single file."
She adds, "Things were certainly different then, weren't they?"

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