Taylor Franklin McBaine

Taylor Franklin McBaine
Boone County Fiddler
Remember the line from Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen, “…for me that’s where the fiddlin’ begins.”? Well, for me the fiddlin’ began with Taylor McBaine of Columbia, Boone County, Missouri.

Taylor Franklin McBaine of Columbia will be remembered for his music.

“Ever since he was between 3 and 4 years old, he’s had a fiddle in his hands,” his sister Jemima Perkins of Columbia said. “He never did take lessons.”

The 84-year-old fiddler, who died Wednesday at his home, was the Missouri fiddling champion for three years and a member of the Old Time Fiddling Association. Mr. McBaine learned to play from his father and his uncle Richard, and he began teaching his own students when he retired. Mr. McBaine was an electrician at M.U. for 35 years.

His son, Frank McBaine, said that his father had probably won about 100 fiddling awards. Mr. McBaine kept most of the awards in his room until he won too many, and then he just put them away, his son said.

Mr. McBaine was an active musician, often performing with his sister Jemima at nursing homes and schools. “About any public place around – he’s probably played them all,” Frank McBaine said. His last appearance was two weeks ago at Russell Boulevard Elementary School.

He was born Feb. 11, 1910, in Boone County to Henry Lee and Annie Lee Medley Woodsmall McBaine. On June 3, 1933, he married Mildred Neal in Boonville. He was a member of the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church and the Acacia Masonic Lodge 602 A.F.|&|A.M.

Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Keith, will be 1:30 p.m. at Parker Funeral Chapel.

Mr. McBaine is survived by one son, Taylor F. “Frank” McBaine II of Columbia, and one sister, Jemima Perkins of Columbia.

His parents, wife, one daughter, three sisters and one brother died earlier.

Memorials may be sent to the Oakland Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, c/o Howard McGee, 6260 N. Kircher Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.

From the Columbia Missouri, May 19, 1994

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