Davies – Birthday anniversaries on August 8 of four generations of the Henry Davies family marked the sixth reunion of the family Sunday. It was held in Pontiac’s Chautauqua Park with 60 attending.

Those whose birthdays were August 8 were: Henry Davies, 616 South Locust Street; his son, William, 115 Park Street; his granddaughter, Sara Jean Kell of Maywood and his great grandson Richard Koepke of Bellwood.

Besides these four, six others were born in August. They are Victor Thompson, Oak Park; Hubert Davies, 115 Park Street; James Eugene Davies, Peoria; Helen and Francis Kell, Maywood; and Herbert Davies, 822 South Mill street.

Mr. Davies who is 83 came to Pontiac 67 years ago from Gomer, Ohio. The youngest of the family is Richard Koepke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Koepke of Bellwood.

From the Pantagraph Central Illinois, no date noted. Based on family data, it was probably 1932.


Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Davies Celebrate Golden Anniversary

Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Davies celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage yesterday in their pleasant home at 616 South Locust Street. About sixty guests were present at the dinner party last evening, many of whom were the children and relatives of this worthy couple. An open house was held during the afternoon when they received the hearty good wishes of their many friends.

The home was decorated in daffodils, fresias and Ophelia roses, forming a radiant color scheme of gold and white. Floral greetings and notes from distant relatives were in evidence everywhere. The dinner table was gaily decorated with a centerpiece of daffodils, the gift of the Kell grandchildren; favors and place cards were unique and carried out the same golden note.

Covers were laid for sixty guests. From out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Evans, Ft. Jennings, Ohio; Mrs. Richard R. Davies, Gomer, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kell and children, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Wiggins, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Thompson, Oak Park; Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Kell and family, Chicago; Mrs. Frederick Richards, Weston; and John Herbert of LaCrosse, Ind.

Ground hog day has a special significance in the life of Mr. Davies. He was born in Gomer, Ohio in ’51, and left his native state for Illinois on February 2. He and Mrs. Davies were married fifty years ago in the home of the bride’s parents in the same block as the Davies family home, and 47 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Davies moved into the residence at 616 South Locust, which has been their home through the march of years. Mr. Davies is a well-known contractor of this city. Both old time residents are highly esteemed. They are in excellent health and surpass even many of the present generation in keeping up with the news of the day.

From newspaper clipping, no dates noted. Would have to be circa 1923, based on other known family data. L. D. Kell was most likely Ray D. Kell, based on family data.


OBITUARY from Pontiac Newspaper:

William T Davies, 67, 603 West South Street, dies suddenly at his home at 8:00pm Sunday. Mr. Davies had just returned from the business district when he became ill.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday from the chapel of the Raleigh J Harris funeral home, 413 North Main Street. Rev. Harry Cochran, Methodist pastor, conducting. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from Tuesday orning until the hour of the funeral.

William T Davies was born here August 8, 1874, the son of Henry R and Sarah (Herbert) Davies, pioneer residents of this city. He received his education in Pontiac schools and early in life learned the trade of brickmason, which he followed all through his active life.

He married Miss Ethel Howard at Ocaya December 29, 1897. She survives, also two sons, Howard and Hubert, both of this city. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R Davies, 616 South Locust street, also survive, together with two grandchildren, Howard Davies, Jr., naval service, Panama, and Mrs. Junita DeFrees, Pontiac, and one great-grandchild, Jimmie DeFrees, Pontiac, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Kell, Maywood; Mrs. Pearl Bowman, Mrs. Merle Baily, Mrs. Ella Pagel, Henry R Davies, Jr., and Herbert E. Davies, all of Pontiac.

Mr. Davies was a member of the First Methodist church.

An inquiry into the death was conducted this morning by P.L. McGuire, Chatsworth, coroner of Livingston County.