FIRST DAY TO RETIREMENT — Dr. John Taylor stands by his sign on his first day of work 38 years ago and poses the same way just before retirement. Original photograph courtesy of Marianne Taylor – Current photograph by Barb Endler
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Dr. John Taylor made his appearance in our community on July 5, 1972 as a young optometrist looking to start a general practice.
Taylor was born to Elrod and Ruby Taylor of Cut Bank and he continued his education there until his departure to Montana State University in Missoula for Pre-med. He finished as a Doctor of Optometry in 1967 from Pacific University.
He began working in Choteau with Dr. J.R. Crabtree but soon joined the U.S. Army as a captain in 1968. Taylor was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla., and then he was sent to Vietnam to be chief of the eye service for the First Air Cavalry.
After one year he was assigned to Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as assistant chief of the optometry section.
CRUMBLING — This view of the walkway into the Pondera Medical Center shows the deterioration underneath the bridge that is fast becoming unsafe. The PMC board would like to replace the walkway with a new one, similar to this artist’s rendering shown below the bridge. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
County commissioners, Cynthia Johnson and Joe Christiaens, met with Pondera Medical Center (PMC) trustee chairman Ted Kronebusch on Wednesday.
The purpose was to discuss a proposal for a new walkway into the main entrance of the PMC.
The original cement walkway at the front entrance is deteriorating to the point that it is almost a safety issue and needs to be replaced.
The PMC building is owned by the county and Kronebusch was requesting approval for the hospital board to move ahead with the project and was asking for county approval for the work to be done without going out for bids.
Since the building is (essentially) owned by the public, the board was not certain if they could run with the project without going through the bid process.
Due to a computing problem, a postcard about the survey was inadvertently sent to the wrong addresses. The postcard was intended to alert people that they would be receiving a survey.
To correct the situation, the county’s planning consultants will start over, resending the postcard with correct addresses. The new postcard should be in local mailboxes around Nov. 9. About a week later, the same people will receive the survey questionnaire by mail.
The survey will be sent to a random sample of 568 rural landowners to learn about their views on land use, development and infrastructure issues in Pondera County.