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“Old Mesilla Buckle”


This buckle made by W. Bruce Stanford shows the iconic landmarks of the Mesilla Plaza. On the upper center is the Basilica of San Albino and from the lower right to left is the sign for the Fountain Theatre, the Plaza Gazebo, and the well photographed Josafina’s Old Gate. The $185.00 bronze edition of the buckle is limited to 100, each of which is signed and numbered. For each of the bronze buckles sold, Bruce will donate $25.00 to the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument.

 

The buckle is available on the 400 block of the Las Cruces Farmers Market on most Saturday mornings just north of Coas Bookstore. It is also available Monday through Friday at M. Phillips Fine Gifts at 221 N. Main Street on the downtown mall in Las Cruces.


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Have you ever been mesmerized by one of J. Paul Taylor’s many stories about growing up in Chamberino, his life with Mary and their children in Mesilla, or his family history? As he toured you through his home, did you want to know more about this fascinating man?

 

Writer Ana Pacheco did. In 2010, she asked Mr. Taylor, “When is someone going to write a book about you?” His typical self-effacing response was that he was not worthy of such an effort. Ms. Pacheco disagreed and began the interviews and research that would become the book, “J. Paul Taylor - The Man from Mesilla.” The result, just released by the Museum of New Mexico Press, is an engaging biography that recounts the life of this remarkable legislator, educator, community leader, and arts patron.

 
J. Paul Taylor was born to a pioneering New Mexico family. His mother, Margarita Romero y Lopez, was born in 1881 in Romeroville, near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Her family of wealthy traders and merchants was instrumental in the development of Las Vegas as a commercial center along the Santa Fe Trail. Margarita and her husband Robert Taylor settled on a farm in Chamberino, south of Las Cruces. Paul, the youngest of their six children, was born there on August 24, 1920.

 

Taylor joined the Navy in July 1942. He and Mary Daniels, an El Paso native, were married in December 1945. After he was discharged from the Navy, the young couple moved to Las Cruces near the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanics. They made the decision to settle in Mesilla in 1947, in part because they wanted their children live in a multicultural community and to experience their Hispanic heritage. In 1953 J. Paul and Mary Daniels Taylor moved into a historic adobe home on the plaza in Mesilla. The seven Taylor children grew up in this home.

 

Taylor spent 39 years working for the Las Cruces Public Schools as a teacher, principal, and administrator. In 1986, after he retired as an educator, he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, a position he held for 9 consecutive terms until his retirement in 2004. Taylor often was called the “conscience” of the New Mexico Legislature.

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Ana Pacheco is a native New Mexican who has worked in publishing since 1979. She began her career in New York, where she lived until 1992. Ms. Pacheco was the founder and publisher of La Herencia, a Hispanic cultural magazine in New Mexico for 15 years. She currently writes a weekly column for the Santa Fe New Mexican documenting the stories of the elder community.

Revenues from the book's sales by FTFM will help support the monument.

J. Paul Taylor - The Man from Mesilla

$24.95

“Old Mesilla Buckle”

 

This buckle made by W. Bruce Stanford shows the iconic landmarks of the Mesilla Plaza. On the upper center is the Basilica of San Albino and from the lower right to left is the sign for the Fountain Theatre, the Plaza Gazebo, and the well photographed Josafina’s Old Gate. The $185.00 bronze edition of the buckle is limited to 100, each of which is signed and numbered. For each of the bronze buckles sold, Bruce will donate $25.00 to the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument.

 

The buckle is available on the 400 block of the Las Cruces Farmers Market on most Saturday mornings just north of Coas Bookstore. It is also available Monday through Friday at M. Phillips Fine Gifts at 221 N. Main Street on the downtown mall in Las Cruces.