"Every Little Bird Seems to Whisper Louise"

Louise Taylor, Coles County Reporter Scrapbook

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The Lynch family was fairly large in 1951. Arthur Lynch would die May 28, 1954. Louise had already dealt with the loss of both her father, Joseph, and her mother, Lulu in 1949. She also had to handle the death of her twin girls, Alveta Lou and Elizabeth Sue, who only lived eight hours in 1950. My brother was about 2 and 1/2 years old. We were too young to remember any of the events of this time period. The Lynch family in Charleston was close and managed this grief through personal traits of Irish humor and mixed with a "laugh" philosophy.


Emily Lynch, Lee's widow had helped her husband a great deal in gathering the news. As mentioned, she was the society writer for the COURIER for several years. Emily kept the morning news show alive on WLBH for quite some time, but never really liked the job. Emily decided to go to Texas for a while. A substitute announcer for her would be needed. Louise Taylor, who had had a taste of work before her marriage to Melvin Dec. 7, 1946, would now accept the temporary job of filling in for Emily on WLBH. Al Pigg, WLBH's first farm director, was also interested in filling the position, but lost the bid as Coles County Reporter, but -would later become a TV weatherman on WTVP, Channel 17, Decatur. Louise's temporary job would end up lasting her nearly seventeen years. Louise had to make a lot of decisions as related especially to the care of her little boys, Howard and Red. In the 1950's, a woman working was considered a bit unusual, even when considering how common it was during World War n. Emily would receive a plaque at Oakland in October of 1951, in honor of her husband's work as principal master of ceremony at the Oakland Cornbread and Bean Festival during May of 1953, and then Louise would take over the reins of the Coles County Reporter news shows. The Coles County Reporter would continue in the family of the Lynches for several more years.


Dovey Taylor of Charleston would be important for my mom and my brother and I.  She helped my mom in her "at home" radio broadcasts and took care of us while we were at home.   Dovey was the wife of magician, wrestler, and railroader, Davy Taylor, was a friend of Louise and the family. She was hired in October of 1953 to tend to the boys while Louise was at work. Dovey would eventually take both of us to school the first day. Dovey would also help Louise to gather news, answer the phone, compile the large birthday notebook, and whatever was needed to be done. She was really Louise's partner behind the scenes. Red and I liked Dovey better than all the other care-takers we had. Some didn't last very long.  One baby-sitter, that I can remember, was very short and we chased her around the house and yard with a stick (just playing!), still another one blew her stack and slammed the refrigerator door in anger.

Dovey stayed with us the longest and we probably liked her best. Dovey Taylor died in 1993 after a lingering illness.


 Louise was very busy at WEIC working. Our dad was off and was home with us and Dovey. He had gone to Van Bell's TV and purchased a new black and white television. We were all sitting in the living room watching the new-Television while she was working. Some time later, in walks the Coles County Reporter, and catches Dovey, Red and I loafing. Louise still likes to talk about this old family story. I am glad I can remember pre-television days. The old console Zenith radio used to put my brother to sleep with its real-people dramas such as Dragnet, the Lone Ranger, Amos & Andy and others. When WLBH started its FM station, they would take requests for songs. We often requested the old hit, "Running Bear".

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