THE TAYTAYON FAMILY
Eliseo T. Taytayon was from Calimbajan Barrio, Makato, Aklan Philippines. When he was a child, his parents died and this forced him to drop out of the third grade to work with his siblings. In April 1929 and at the age of 20, he arrived in the U.S. with his cousin Florencio Cawaling.
He worked as a farm laborer along the West Coast. While living in a labor camp, a kind teacher taught him how to read and write. He served in the 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiment formed at Ft. Ord during WWII. His Army Battalion served in New Guinea and later was stationed in the Philippines when he was able to visit his family.After his military service, he took advantage of the opportunity offered to Filipino's to become U.S. Citizens.
He married Rosalinda T. Mendoza in November 1959. Eliseo and Rosalinda had four children - Elisa,Eliseo Jr., Erlinda and Stella. Eliseo was known for his love and talent for cooking, gardening and fishing which he shared with others and passed on to his children. Eliseo continued working in agriculture until he retired in 1981. He passed away in February 1996.