In 1886, Alice Armor organized a group of civic-minded women in fund raising for the first Plaza improvement project. This also entailed thwarting plans to eliminate the plaza in favor of continuing Glassell and Chapman through the intersection. The enterprise was a success and provided a fountain and foliage for the community. All through her life, Alice Taylor Armor was not afraid to meet a challenge.
Alice L. Taylor was born August 20, 1848 in St. Lawrence county, New York. Her father was one of six brothers, all Congregational ministers. The Rev. Taylor and Mrs. Taylor taught in various schools in the area. Alice Taylor entered Oberlin College in 1867 and there met and later married Samuel Armor, the pioneer civic worker.
Shortly after their marriage they were employed as principal and matron of a manual labor boarding school on an Indian reservation at White Earth, Minnesota, a frontier in the 1870's. After two years they went to a similar school in Dakota, but Samuel Armor's failing health necessitated their coming to California after a year.
Life in California
They first moved to Los Angeles where they compiled a city directory. In April of 1875, they moved to Orange. Mrs. Armor secured a position as a teacher and taught for many years in the local schools in Orange, Garden Grove and Tustin. In 1890 she quit the teaching profession and began work on the Orange Post as proofreader, city editor and bookkeeper. In 1892 she purchased the paper, which she got out on time for 23 years without missing a single issue. In 1915 she disposed of her interests in the Orange Post and devoted herself to charitable and church activities. Alice Armor died at her home September 12, 1939, after several years of failing health.