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Louis Blaylock (1849 - 1932)

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Louis Blaylock (1849 - 1932)

Posted: 8 Nov 2008 1:42PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Blaylock,Darton,Gibbs,Gibs
Louis BLAYLOCK. As president of the Blaylock Publishing Company, of which he was the founder and in which he owns the controlling interest, Mr. Blaylock is numbered among the representative business men and most progressive citizens of Dallas,Texas the beautiful and thriving metropolis of northern Texas. He has been a resident of the great southwest almost from the time of his birth and has entered fully into the progressive spirit that has wrought marvelous advancement in this favored section of our great national domain, along civic, industrial and commercial lines. The Blaylock Publishing
lishing Company, with a. large and well equipped plant
of modern facilities in every department, does a general
printing and publishing business of extensive order
and from its office is issued the Texas Christian Advocate,
one of the leading religious periodicals of the
southwest.
Mr. Blaylock was born in Sevier county, Arkansas,
and is a scion of one of the sterling pioneer families
of that commonwealth. The date of his nativity was
October 21, 1849, and he is a son of Willis and Irene (
Gibbs) Blaylock, who removed from Arkansas to Texas
in the year 1852 and established their home in the city
of Austin, capital of the state. The father was engaged
in merchandising before coming to Texas. He
came here for his health, but died shortly after, or in
1856.
That Louis Blaylock should be insistently appreciative
of and loyal to Texas is but a natural result, for
within the gracious borders of this state he was reared
and educated, his age at the time of the family removal
to Texas being three years. He was reared to
adult age in the city of Austin, where his early education
was acquired principally under the able preceptor-
ship of Hev. Gillette, who was at that time rector of
St. David's church, Protestant Episcopal, in the capital
city, and who also conducted a well ordered private
school. In 1866, soon after the close of the Civil war,
Mr. Blaylock, then about seventeen years of age, removed
to the city of Galveston, having thoroughly mastered
the printer's trade and at once took up a position
with the Texas Christian Advocate. During the long
intervening years he has been continuously identified, in
one capacity or another, with the publishing of the
Texas Christian Advocate, the interests of which have
been signally forwarded by his able and zealous interposition.
In' 1868 Mr. Blaylock formed a partnership
association with William A. Shaw, who is his half-
brother, under the firm name of Shaw & Blaylock, and
they became the publishers of the Advocate, besides conducting
a general printing business, with an adequately
appointed plant in the city of Galveston, where they
continued their operations until 1887, when they removed
their publishing business and the offices of the
Texas Christian Advocate to the city of Dallas, which
was at that time entering upon its era of splendid development
and progress. In 1894 the partnership alliance
was dissolved and Mr. Blaylock forthwith effected
the organization of the Blaylock Publishing Company,
of which he has since continued the able and enterprising
executive head, while Mr. Shaw became the
publisher of the Texas Farmer. Mr. Blaylock has continued
publisher of the Advocate, and is closely identified
with its business interests as well as with preparation
and arrangement of its subject-matter. Concerning
this excellent paper further mention will be made
in later paragraphs.
In 1908 Mr. Blaylock, whose business had been signally
prospered with the growth and upbuilding of the
city, purchased his present substantial building, at
1804-6 Jackson street, and in this structure, three stories
in height, have since been maintained the headquarters
of his large and substantial printing and publishing
business, as well as the executive offices of the Texas
Christian Advocate. The plant includes the most modern
facilities, including a battery of seven linotype machines
and every accessory of a thoroughly modern and
metropolitan printing and publishing establishment.
The plant utilizes virtually the entire building and is one
of the most complete in the entire state.
In politics Mr. Blaylock is aligned as a stalwart supporter
of the principles and policies for which the
Democratic party stands sponsor, and while he has
been at all times essentially broad-minded and public-
spirited he has not been ambitious for public office,
though he served with marked ability, as police commissioner
of Dallas for three years — 1904-5-6 — and is now police and fire commissioner. He is a director of the American Exchange National Bank of Dallas and is known and honored as one of the representative business men who have been aggressive factors in the upbuilding of the Greater Dallas. Both Mr. Blaylock and his wife are most zealous members of the First Methodist Episcopal church, South, in their home city, and are liberal in the support of the activities of its various departments of work. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity Mr. Blaylock is one of the prominent representatives in Texas, and he has the distinction of having received the thirty- third and maximum degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Kite. He has been most active in the affairs of York and Scottish Bite bodies with which he is affiliated, as may be inferred when it is stated that he is past master of Tucker Lodge, No. 297, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in the city of Galveston, as well as past master of Dallas Lodge, No. 760; and past high priest of San Felipe Chapter, No. 1, Eoyal Arch Masons, of Galveston, of which capitular body he is a life member. His maximum York Bite affiliation is with Dallas Commandery, No. 6, Knights Templar ; he is a member of the Knights of Constantine; is affiliated with the local temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; is a member of the directorate of Dallas Scottish Bite Cathedral Building Association; and is president of the building committee of the York Bite Masonic temple in Dallas. He has been identified with the local organization of the Modern Order of Praetorians from the time of its inception, and is now vice president of this fraternal order, a position of which he has been the incumbent from the time of its organization. The year 1871 gave record of the marriage of Mr. Blaylock to Miss Georgia Darton, who was born and reared in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, where her father, the late Mathias W. Darton, was leading shipping merchant and a man of wealth and influence. Mr. and Mrs. Blaylock, whose attractive and hospitable home is located at 2028 Jackson street, have five children, namely: Betty, deceased, who was the wife of Louis B. Torrey; Georgia, who is the wife of King V. Bunting, of Dallas, Texas; Caroline I., who is the wife of Dr. W. D. Jones, of Dallas, Texas; and Louis Watts and Willis Darton Blaylock, who are associated with their father's printing and publishing business and are representative young business men of Dallas. THE TEXAS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE has the distinction of being one of the oldest, even as it is one of the most important, of the religious publications in the state of Texas, where it was founded under the title of the Wesleyan Panner, in 1846, the year following the admission of the Bepublic of Texas as one of the sovereign commonwealths of the Federal Union. The original publishing headquarters were at Brenham, the judicial center of Washington county, and the title of the publication was soon changed to its present form. The headquarters were removed to the city of Galveston, where regular publication continued until the time of the Civil war, when the disrupted state of all business compelled it to suspend, as Galveston at that time was a stage ot almost constant military operations. After the war publication was resumed and continued there until its. removal to Dallas in 1887. The Texas Christian Advocate is issued weekly and has a large circulation throughout Texas and other states of the south and southwest, the regular edition containing an average of sixteen pages. The periodical is the official organ of the New Mexico and five of the Texas conferences of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and the conferences which its thus represents in the Lone Star state are the Texas, the West Texas, the Northwest Texas, the North Texas and the Central Texas. The paper has wielded great influence in the work of the church and in the promotion of civic righteousness,
as its regular contributors are men of the highest
standing and most benignant influence in the affairs
of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.

BLAYLOCK, LOUIS (1849-1932). Louis Blaylock, publisher, civic leader, and mayor of Dallas, was born in Sevier County, Arkansas, on October 21, 1849, the son of Willis and Irene (Gibs) Blaylock. His family moved to Texas in 1852 and settled in Austin Texas. In 1866 he began work as a typesetter for the Texas Christian Advocate, a Methodist paper (now the United Methodist Reporter). Blaylock and William A. Shaw eventually took over the paper, which by 1876 had a circulation of 13,000, supposedly the largest circulation of any contemporary paper in Texas. By 1887 the paper claimed a circulation of 18,000. Blaylock moved the Advocate to Dallas,Texas and formed the Blaylock Publishing Company in 1887. He left the paper in 1922 after being with it for fifty-six years. Blaylock served as Dallas police commissioner from 1901 to 1904 and was both police and fire commissioner from 1913 to 1915. He served as city administration and finance commissioner from 1919 until 1923, when he was elected mayor. Since he was seventy-four at the time of his election, he was soon nicknamed "Daddy" Blaylock. While in office he was noted for kissing every gorgeous movie star, festival queen, or other prominent female who visited Dallas,Texas as an official welcome to the city. Blaylock was also known as one of the most able and conservative mayors in the city's history. In 1871 he married Georgia Darton, and they eventually had five children. He was active in the First Methodist Church in Dallas, as a member of the building committee and as president of the board of trustees. He was publisher of the daily paper for the Methodist General Conference when it met in Dallas in 1902. He was also a prominent Mason. Blaylock died on December 4, 1932, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas,Texas.
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