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Tell Taylor Tell Taylor was an actor and composer of more than 20 sentimental songs, the best known of which is “Down by the Old 2331 W. Market St., Troy • 937.339.4800 Mill Stream.” He was born on October 14, 1876, on a farm east of All-You-Can-Eat Soup & Salad Findlay in Hancock County. The Blanchard River in which he $7.99 Monday-Friday 11am-4pm swam as a boy was the original “Mill Stream,” although the mill The North Central Ohio in the song no longer stands. Solid Waste District As a young man Taylor sang in local church choirs and worked as "Promoting Greater Participation a deputy county clerk. While singing at the 1901 Pan American Exposition at Buffalo, N.Y., he landed a part in a vaudeville show. in Recycling" and several partners opened a musical publishing house Taylor on New York City’s 28th Street, which was known internationally STOP SMOKING Present as the original “Tin Pan Alley.” When the publishing venture in just ONE sesson! this coupon failed, an optimistic Taylor moved to Chicago, where he for Before your session learn about hypnosis: • How it lowers stress $ • How hypnosis is 100% safe 15 OFF established the Tell Taylor Music Publishing House. Eventually, he • How you are always in control reg. price single returned to Findlay. • How you feel under hypnosis private • Weight Control included in session! session • It was on the banks of the Blanchard River that Taylor wrote the MIAMI VALLEY HYPNOSIS words and melody of “Down by the Old Mill Stream.” His friends 332-8700 discouraged him from publishing the tune. “You’ll never sell a copy,” they declared, and the song sat on his desk for two years. Although there was some controversy over who actually wrote the song, the piece and Taylor became famous. RANDY HARVEY Lawncare Manager (937) 335-6418 The song was introduced by the vaudeville quartet The Orpheus (Ohio) 1-800-237-5296 625 Olympic Dr. Comedy Four. Taylor traveled to Kansas City, where a manager of a Fax (937) 339-7952 Troy, Ohio 45373 Woolworth store allowed him to sing “Down by the Old Mill Memory Lane Stream” in the store. At that time, before the days of radio, song Antiques, LLC hits were being played and sung live in stores. In two days, Taylor sold all 1,000 copies of the song music and lyrics he had brought 128 East Poplar Street with him, and had to wire home for more. Sidney, Ohio 45365 937-495-1014 Since then, more than 4 million copies of the song have been Betty S. Johnson, Owner sold. Taylor was still receiving royalties from it when he died on November 24, 1937. The song is still heard today, having been recorded by John Denver and even featured on “Sesame Street” on Public Television. 128 S. Main St., Sidney (Next to Ron & Nita’s)


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For Discussion: Here are the lyrics to “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (Chicago: Tell Taylor, c.1910): My darling I am dreaming of the days gone by, When you and I were sweethearts beneath the summer sky; Your hair has turned to silver, the gold has faded too; But still I will remember where I first met you. The old mill wheel is silent and has fallen down, The old oak tree has withered and lies there on the ground; While you and I are sweethearts the same as days of yore; Although we’ve been together, forty years and more. Chorus: Down by the old mill stream where I first met you, With your eyes of blue, dressed in gingham, too, It was there I knew that you loved me true, You were sixteen, my village queen, by the old mill stream.

1. What were some of the world events happening at that time? 2. Why might the song have especially appealed to people then?

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Newspaper Activity: Tell Taylor decided to sell “Down by the Old Mill Stream” even though his friends thought no one would buy the song. Look through today’s newspaper for articles about people who are defying the odds to get something done for themselves or their community. “Ohio: The Inside Story” is produced through a grant from The Ohio Newspapers Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization affiliated with The Ohio Newspaper Association. This is one of a series of 24 Ohio profiles.

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