Josephine Taylor, daughter of Louisa Capener and Joseph E. Taylor (and subjects of the previous blog entry), married Dr. William F. Beer. Dr. Beer (1870-1949) was a graduate of George Washington Medical School and a prominent Salt Lake City physician. He was in charge of the medical care for German prisoners of war at Fort Douglas during World War I, and was later awarded the Iron Cross for successfully bringing all prisoners through the influenza epidemic.
The Beers hired architect Richard K.A. Kletting to design their new house at 181 B Street in Salt Lake City in 1898/1899. Kletting was the most prominent architect in Salt Lake history (designing the Utah State Capitol building, among many other projects in the West and around the world).
Later in her life, Josephine Taylor Beer’s mother, Louisa Capener Taylor, moved out of her house at 237 East 100 South and moved in with her daughter and son-in-law at 181 B Street.
Josephine and William F. Beer also built a carriage house and livery on the property in 1899. According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for 181 B Street:
“Area residents describe it as originally a two-story brick structure with a steeple on top. Dimensions were approximately 47’ x 40’ and it was used to shelter (at least) nine draft/riding horses, cattle, chickens, rabbits, etc., two buggies, as a residence for the caretakers. The structure was cut in half about World War I, for use as a garage.”
National Register of Historic Places nomination form, 181 B Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.
“New Residence of Dr. W.F. Beer,” Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1899. Accessed via Utah Digital Newspapers.
Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, parcel 09-31-338-004 and 09-31-338-006; serial 04-605 and 04-607. Salt Lake County Archives.