Thank you somuch for taking the time to extract the obituary. I really am glad that people are so helpful.I have learned a good deal about Taylor and about the history of Washington state from posting these queries on several fora. I now know what "Excelsior" was oris!
Thanks to another helpful person who sent a newspaper cutting from earlier in Taylor's career, (and the wonders of the internet in general) I am now in contact with one of John L. Taylor's granddaughters; the first contact between the two branches of the family in 60 years or more. Very satisfying for me and I hope for those who helped also! Thanks again Linde