Clay Welton Daniels

Clay Welton Daniels is well known as a successful furniture merchant of Colorado Springs, where he carries an extensive stock of attractive furniture, for which he finds a ready sale on the market. His business is conducted under the name of the C. W. Daniels Home Furnishing Company and in the conduct of his interests he displays the enterprising spirit that has been the dominant factor in the rapid upbuilding of the west. He was born on a farm near Beverly, West Virginia, in 1863, a son of Solomon Welton and Mary Jane (Gum) Daniels. The father was born in Beverly, Virginia, now West Virginia, in 1826, and the mother was also a native of the Old Dominion. The father died on his farm near Beverly in 1892, while his wife survived until 1894.

Clay Welton Daniels was reared in his native city, where be remained to the age of twenty-four years and his education, acquired in the public schools there, was supplemented by one term's attendance at a business college in Lexington, Kentucky. The year 1899 witnessed his arrival in Colorado, but he did not follow in the business footsteps of his ancestors. The family had been founded in America by four brothers of the name who came from England, one of these being William Daniels, his great-grandfather. He was the father of Jacob Daniels, who was born in the same house in Beverly, West Virginia, in which occurred the birth of Clay Welton Daniels. The great-grandfather, grandfather and father of the last named all followed the occupation of farming, but Clay Welton Daniels determined to devote his attention to other pursuits and on coming to Colorado in 1899 settled in Pueblo, where he established a furniture business, in which he engaged for ten years. In 1913 he removed to Colorado Springs, where he opened a furniture store under the name of the C. W. Daniels
Home Furnishing Company. He carries an extensive stock of goods and is meeting with well earned success in the conduct of his enterprise. In fact, he has one of the leading commercial establishments of the city, carrying a large stock of furniture ranging from low to high priced goods so as to meet the demands of all classes. His business has now reached most gratifying proportions and his close
application and undaunted energy have placed him in the front rank among the successful merchants of the city.

On the 2d of October, 1885, in Beverly, West Virginia, Mr. Daniels was married to Miss Jessie B. Baker, a daughter of the late Eli Baker. They have one son. Mentor Byron Daniels, who was born in 1886 and who was married in Pueblo, Colorado, to Katherine Taylor, by whom he has one daughter. Anna Margaret Daniels.

Mr. and Mrs. Clay Welton Daniels are members of the First Presbyterian church of Colorado Springs and he is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party but he has never been an aspirant for office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs, which, wisely directed, have brought to him most gratifying success. He has never had occasion to regret the fact that he stepped aside from the business path in which his ancestors had
trod and sought new fields in which to put forth his endeavor, for as the years have passed he has so directed his labors that excellent results have accrued, and today Colorado Springs numbers him among her foremost merchants.


Source: Stone, Wilbur Fiske, History of Colorado, Vol. III.  Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918.