Biography of David L. Davies
Oneida County, NY Biographies





The ambitious man creates the opportunities he needs thus stimulating all latent faculties and generating the powers which enable him to attain the position to which he aspires. Among such as these must be numbered. David Llewellyn Davies, who has met with more than a moderate degree of success in his business career. Of Welsh descent he was born in Trenton, Oneida county, New York, on the 18th of February, 1847 and is a son of Rees and Margaret (James) Davies, who were natives of Wales.

Acquiring his preliminary education in the public schools of this county he afterward attended Fairfield Seminary, going from there to Hungerford Collegiate Institute. Here he pursued a course in civil engineering, being awarded his degree with the class of 1873. Reared in a home where money was not plentiful after finishing the district schools David Llewellyn Davies entered the shops of the New York Central Railroad Company, where he learned the machinist's trade by means of which he acquired the money to enable him to complete his education. After receiving his diploma he returned to the employ of the New York Central, but this time to their offices in the capacity of an engineer. At the expiration of four years, however, he withdrew from his position to engage in the retail shoe business in Utica, continuing to be identified with this line for thirteen years. In 1890 he became interested in a knitting factory, which four years thereafter was incorporated under the name of the Olympia Knit Goods Company. The magnitude of their business developed so rapidly that in 1902 they erected the factory building they are now occupying in New Hartford. Mr. Davies is secretary and treasurer as well as general manager of this enterprise which is meeting with very good success.

In Utica, New York, on the 26th of October, 1875, Mr. Davies was united in marriage to Miss Fanny E. Jones, a daughter of Joseph and Ann Jones, also natives of Wales. One child has been born to them, Joseph J. Davies, and they make their home in Utica. A. loyal republican, Mr. Davies gives his support to the candidates of that party, and for three years was a member of the school board. His religious views coincide with those of the Presbyterian denomination and both he and his wife hold membership in the First church of Utica. Although he has reached the age of sixty four years Mr. Davies still engages in business, a man of his mental caliber and physical activity naturally finding it difficult to lead a retired life.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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