"....There are those who say I am self-serving and I suppose it is because I insisted that this be The Talbot Library and Museum. I am proud of that name and perhaps more so than most because I came into this world with out right or title to a family name and for sixty years I never knew the identity of my natural father. Mine was no joyous moment of birth---there was no proud father waiting, nor caring mother. But there was someone willing to take me into their arms and into their heart and call me their own. That person was James A. Talbot, better known as Jim. He gave me the Talbot name and I have proudly borne it ever since.
In a sense he traded a valuable piece of property in downtown Long Beach, California for the possession of me. I hope he never regretted this deal. So today, the name "Talbot" is up there on that building, not as a tribute to me but to a man who was born on Cowskin Prairie near Grove, OK, of ancestry reaching back to the Norman coast of France, and beyond that to the Norsemen from the far north; whose people came over the long Trail of Tears and settled in this country some 150 years ago; a man who loved history and passed that love on to me; who loved to read and gave me that love. Just the other day Creel Philpott told me that one thing he remembered best about my Dad was that he loved to read. I think that is a good thing to remember a man by. So to "Daddy", and to all the Talbots before him who had a tradition of "Centuries of Service", and to all of you, I pledge to you that I will do all within my ability to assure that the Talbot Library and Museum will be here for generations to come."
Source: TL&M Genealogy Magazine, Volume XVIII, Number One, 2010, Page 14