Gomer Taliesin Davies, editor and proprietor of the "Concordia Daily Kansan," has for nearly thirty years been at the head of a western newspaper. The "Kansan" stands first in Cloud county and enjoys the liberal patronage and unqualified confidence of the people. Mr. Davies was born at Pont-y-porid, Glamorganshire, South Wales, Jan. 25, 1855. In 1863 he crossed the Atlantic to seek a home in the United States. Ater landing in America he located in Pennsylvania for a few years, then removed to Livingston county, Missouri, and from there to Iowa, in 1869. In 1882 he came to Kansas and a year later purchased the "Republic County News," which was his first newspaper venture. While living in Republic county he was twice elected to the legislature, serving the sessions of 1887-1889. In November, 1896, Mr. Davies bought the "Kansan" and moved to Concordia, where he has since continued to reside.
In 1879 he married, at Cleveland, Lucas county, Iowa, Miss Catherine A. Powell, and they have seven children: Dr. John D. Davies, Mrs. H. Lague, Jr., Miss Morfydd O. Davies, Harry L., Ralph B., Gladys, and Ruth Mr. Davies is a sincere and competent business man, he never deviates from what he believes to be right to all who are concerned, whether it be in business, political or private life, and is intensely interested in all affairs that pertain to the upbuilding and prosperity of the community.
In an address contributed to the official report of the Seventeenth Annual Convention of the National Editorial Association, which convened at Hot Springs, Ark., April 15-18, 1902, George W. Martin, secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, said, with reference to Mr. Davies, "The country newspaper publisher is a man unto himself. There is no other like him. His wrestle for the provender which supports life; his contest with the world and the devil in behalf of all that is good, necessitate a variety of talents, a vigilance and an industry wholly unnecessary with Mr. Morgan or other mergers, who simply float along with the millions and billions accumulated near the mouth of the great river of commerce and industry. It is the man at the head of the stream, with nothing but what nature has given him, who performs miracles with this world of ours, and who gives to the current its direction for usefulness that causes the wheels of production to go round. The county newspaper publisher is the most important of all the factors at the beginning of things."
There are few homes the "Kansan" does not reach and in each Mr. Davies' influence is felt. He is fearless and in his whole career has been characterized by his keen sense of discrimination between right and wrong. He is prominent in social orders, having passed through all the chairs of the Odd Fellows Lodge, being grand master in 1903-4, grand representative in 1906 and 1907; is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen; of the Knights of Pythias; Woodmen of America, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Davies is also an active member of the Concordia Commercial Club; and one of the directors of the Kansas Historical Society; and has served as vice-president of the National Editors' Association; as president of the Kansas North Central Editors' Association, in 1896; and as president of the State Editors' Association in 1901. His printing establishment is one of the finest in the eastern part of the state, in keeping with the editor and owner. Mr. Davies is a progressive citizen, who would be a worthy acquisition to any community.Pages 195-196 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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