Florance Walton Taylor
Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Taylor was in the 1916 graduating class of Danville High School. Biography: Florance Walton Taylor was an author who began her career writing short stories for children which she sold to newspapers. Her first book, With Fife and Drums, was published in 1936. She also published two additional children's books: Vermilion Clay was the story of the old salt works in Vermilion County. Towpath Andy was a story about the Wabash and Erie Canals. After several years of research and work, she learned that her first adult book, SaltStreak, would be published by Fleming Revell Company of New York.