James Taylor was one of the very first boys in La Junta to become interested in Indian Lore. He officially received his Eagle Scout rank from the Rocky Mountain Council on April 27, 1929; earning it in just 18 months at the age of 14. James Taylor graduated from La Junta High School in 1933, the same year the Koshares officially began. Taylor was one of the boys who danced at the first Koshare show at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in November of 1933.
1934 Entered West Point
1938 Graduated from West Point
1939 Promoted to Captain, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 112th Field Artillery
1942 Captain stationed on the New Caledonia Island off Australia
1943 Major South Pacific
1946 Got Married
1950 Lt. Colonel stationed at Fort Sill
1953 Headquarter in Japan
1954 Stationed in Japan
1955 Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
1956 Executive Officer in Paratroop Division
1957 U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division in Germany
1958 Executive officer of Paratroopers, Europe
1961 Washington, D.C.
1963 Tour in Korea
1964 Alexandria, Virginia
1967 Pentagon; Washington, D.C.
1967 Retired From 29 years with the Army
1971 Recieved Masters Degree in Business Administration
After military service, Taylor became a Management Engineer Consultant. He has been a lifetime member of the Koshare Dancers.
Photo of Jimmy Taylor taken Christmas week at Winter Camp thirty miles from Trinidad, Colorado. The man pointing is the Assistant Scoutmaster and the boy to his right is Jimmy Taylor. The identity of the boy in front of the Assistant Scoutmaster is unknown.