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G. Walter Davies

G. Walter Davies is a scion of the third generation of the Davies family in Clayton county and the name which he bears was not only one of prominence and influence in connection with the early stages of development and progress in the county but has also continued to exert distinctive force in the furthering of the civic and industrial prosperity of this favored section of the State, with long and effective association with the basic enterprise of agriculture. He whose name initiates this paragraph is one of the representative farmers of Mendon township, known for his energy, progressiveness and good judgment in connection with business affairs and his loyalty to the duties and responsibilities of citizen ship, so that it is but in natural sequence that to him goes forth the full tide of popular confidence and good will in the county that has ever been his home and in which he has found ample opportunity for effective achievement.

Mr. Davies was born in Mendon township, this county, on the 6th of January, 1873, and is a son of Thomas M. and Louisa (West) Davies, the former of whom was born in Cumberlandshire, in the extreme northwestern part of England, on the 24th of September, 1842, and the latter of whom was born at Waukesha, Wisconsin. Thomas M. Davies was a lad of about ten years when he accompanied his parents on their removal from England to America, in 1852, and his father, Lewis Davies, became one of the pioneer settlers at McGregor, Clayton county, Iowa, in the vicinity of which now vigorous little city he obtained a tract of land and instituted the reclamation of a farm, both he and his wife having passed the residue of their lives on this old homestead. Thomas M. Davies gained his elementary education In his native land and supplemented this by attending the schools of McGregor. He continued to be associated with the operations of the home farm until there came to him the opportunity to pay the highest possible tribute of loyalty to his adopted country. With the outbreak of the Civil war he subordinated all else to go forth in defense of the Union. He enlisted in Company B, Fourth Towa Volunteer Infantry, with which he served as a gallant but youthful soldier until some time after the expiration of his term of enlistment. He was at the front with his command for a period of ten months and then received his honorable discharge, his continued interest in his old comrades in arms being indicated by his active affiliation with the post of the Grand Army of the Republic at McGregor, where he is now living virtually retired. After his return to Clayton county Mr. Davies engaged in farming on his own responsibility. In Mendon township he purchased a quarter section of fertile land, and there he continued his successful enterprise as an industrious and discriminating agriculturist and stock-grower until advancing years and generous prosperity justified his retirement from the heavy labors and responsibilities that had so long been his portion. He is aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Republican party, to which he has paid allegiance from the time of attaining to his legal majority, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Congregational church at Mc Gregor. Of their children the subject of this review is the eldest; William is deceased; Birdie is the wife of Melvin Robbins, of this county; and Lillian and Harry remain at the parental home.

G. Walter Davies gained his early education in the excellent schools of Mendon township and there continued to assist in the work and management of his father’s farm until he had reached his legal majority. After being employed thereafter as a farm hand for one year he initiated independent activities as a farmer, his operations being continued on rented land in his native township until 1901, when he purchased his present homestead place, his original purchase having been of one hundred and fifty-four acres, to which he has since added an adjoining tract of forty-six acres. Thrift and indomitable energy have been exemplified by Mr. Davies in his farming operations and he has achieved independent and substantial prosperity through his well-ordered endeavors, his excellent farm being devoted to diversified agriculture and the raising of approved grades of live stock. Mr. Davies was reared in the faith of the Republican party and such have been his personal convictions that he has never wavered in his allegiance to this staunch organization and his confidence in its ultimate return to supremacy in national affairs has not waned in the least. His progressiveness and public spirit have been shown in loyal support of community interests and in according co-operation in the furtherance of enterprises advanced for the general good of his native county and State.

He is, in 1916, president of the Mendon Township Farmers’ Institute, an office of which he has been the incumbent for two years, and prior to assuming this position he had served one year as vice- president. He has served since 1912 as school director of his district, and both he and his wife are zealous members of the Congregational church at McGregor.

September 14, 1898, recorded the marriage of Mr. Davies to Miss Elma Haymond, daughter of George and Catherine (Doak) Haymond, of Winterset, Madison county. Mr. and Mrs. Davies have no children.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 82-83
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