Don H. Kedzie Grant County, New Mexico

Don H. Kedzie, editor of the Lordsburg Liberal, became a resident of Lordsburg in 1887, and in partnership with S. D. Dye founded the Western Liberal. A year later the paper passed into the hands of Mr. Kedzie, who has conducted it alone continuously since.

Born in Clinton, Michigan, Mr. Kedzie supplemented his early educational privileges by study in the State Agricultural College, from which institution he was graduated. He learned the printer's trade at St. Joseph, Michigan, and afterward assisted his father, A. S. Kedzie, in conducting the Grand Haven (Michigan) Herald. While there he became ill with consumption and for the benefit of his health removed to New Mexico. He found in the climatic conditions here the needed restoratives, and, entering business life, has since been allied with the interests of the Territory. He served as postmaster of Lordsburg during the administration of Benjamin Harrison, was reappointed under the first administration of President McKinley and is still acting in the position. He is a very loyal and ardent advocate of Republican principles, and publishes his paper in the interests of the party. He is also engaged in the insurance business and is a director of several mining companies.

Mr. Kedzie is a charter member and assisted in the organization, on the 4th of July. 1896, of Pyramid Lodge No. 23, Knights of Pythias, and he is a past chancellor and member of the grand lodge of the Knights of Pythias. In addition to the office of postmaster he has served as notary public, and is an enterprising business man and citizen, whose outlook recognizes opportunities and whose efforts in behalf of public service have been far reaching and beneficial.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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