Biography of Richard O. Davies
North Central Ohio Biographies

Richard O. Davies. As secretary and general manager of KalimertenBaer, Inc., Mr. Davies is recognized as one of the capable young business men of Mansfield. He was born at Covington, Ky., Feb. 11, 1896, the son of David John and Frances M. (Kent) Davies.

David John Davies is a substantial and well known citizen of Mansfield. He was born at Pottsville, Pa., and was employed in the coal mines of Pennsylvania for a time. Later, he became a mine contractor. He became interested in the insurance business many years ago and went to Covington, Ky., as district superintendent of the Western Southern Insurance Company. His territory also included Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Davies came to Mansfield in 1903, where he continued in the insurance business. He also conducted the Richland Chattel Loan Company, and at the present time is identified with the Davies Household Specialties, 'with offices at 122 North Main Street. Mr. Davies is a Democrat and a member of the Episcopal Church. His wife is a native of Philadelphia. Their children are as follows: Beulah, married Frank Gilbert, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad, lives at Mansfield; Richard O., the subject of this sketch; David John, Jr., a veteran of the World War, having served in France with the Aviation Service of the U. S. Army; Bertram F., a lake capitan; Ida Fern, married Lewis Miller, resident manager of the Greyhound Bus Lines, lives at Detroit, Mich.; and Howard Kent, attends Cornell University.

Richard O. Davies attended the public and high schools of Mansfield, from which he was graduated in 1913. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania. His first position was as purchasing agent for the Humphrey Manufacturing Company, with whom he was associated for three years. He then became assistant production manager of the Aultman Taylor Company, and spent some time in the cost department of the Hughes Keenan Company, Mansfield. He became a bookeeper for the Kallmerten Baer Company in 1925, and the following year became a partner in the business. When the firm was incorporated in 1930 Mr. Davies was elected secretary and general manager.

In 1915 Mr. Davies was united in marriage with Miss Alta K. Bates, the daughter of William and Catherine Bates, natives of Canton and Mansfield, respectively. Mr. Bates is deceased and his widow lives in this city. Mr. and Mrs. Davies have two children, Mary Jane and David John.

Mr. Davies is a member of St. John's Evangelical Church, and belongs to the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 56, Knights of Pythias, Amima Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is secretary of the Isaac Walton League. Politically, Mr. Davies is a Republican.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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