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DlUullAJr xlliJAL SiVUKJii <J* 1 MR. IDRIS WILLIAMS. i Mr. Idris Williams who in one sense has pro- perly been termed the patriarch of the Rhondda Valley," is the Liberal candidate for the Cymmer iivision of the Glamorgan County Council. He is < the son of the late Mr. Edward Williams and his wife Jane, and was born on April 19th, 1838, at the Porth Farm. It will be seen, therefore, that he is only 56 years of age yet his white hair and long flowing beard make him an object of attrac- tion in the valley. During his early career he received but a. scant education, and when only nine years of age left the home farm and began to work as a haulier in the Cymmer pit. At 16 he was sent to a school at Cardiff kept by Mr. Wm. Evans, commonly called Bill-my-stick," and it is worthy of note that this was at that time con- sidered one of the best schools in the district. Young ldris stayed at Cardiff for two years, and was then apprenticed to a carpenter in Pontypridd. He completed his apprenticeship in 1854. worked as a carpenter at the Cymmer pit until 1855, when he was joined in the bonds of holy matrimony at the early age of 19, to Mary, the daughter of"the Rev. Joshua Evans of Cymmer, who has ever since been to him a dutiful and loving wife. About this time Mr. Williams began to take a local interest in educational matters, and in 1856 a National School was established at Cymmer, but no children were allowed to.atend this school unless they also attended the Church school on Sundays. This naturally led to a, general exodus of young children from the Nonconformist Chapels. as no other means of education was available, with the exception of a school connected with the colliery, to which the children of the general public were not admitted. Mr. Williams, quick to notice the great injustice to Nonconformity, set about estab- lishing a public school, and on a quarter-of-an- acre of land, generously granted by his mother, he erected a public school-house, the expense of which was jointly borne by him and Mr. Joseph Roes. Brynheylog. This school was eventually trans- ferred to the Llanwonno School Board, when that body was established in 1870. We next see Mr. Williams, who has always been an advanced Liberal, and a zealous Independent, or Congrega- tionalist, leading an attack on the Established Church at Llantrissant in 1866. The late Rev. Canon Jones, then Vicar of Llantrissant, wanted to levy a church rate in order to repair the church of that parish, and, at the request of a sturdy band of Nonconformist. Mr. Idris Williams lead the attack on the Church at a vestry meeting then held. and defeated the intrigues of the rev. canon f, I by an overwhelming majority. Among the load- ers of the Church party was the late Mr. Thomas Evans, father of the present Lord Mayor of Lon- don. and who at that time was assistant overseer of the Parish of Llantrissant. The debate on the question had become tame, and Mr. Williams rose and said that memorable sentence, which even to this day is so well remembered. 11 Now. gentlemen, vote. Why do you stand there like 'delves. A vote was immediately taken, and the amend- ment, against levvi'i" +he ii-uro v,-as carried with enthusiasm. In 1869 Mr. Williams was appointed relieving officer for the district of Ystradyrodwg and. wnea the Education Act was passed, he was elected a member of the Llanwonno School Board. The Education Department, however, set their face against his election on the ground that he was a public officer, and he had to resign his seat. He was appointed an assistant overseer for the parish of Ystradyfodwg in 1S75, and in 1873 was again elected, unopposed, a member of the Llan- wonno School Boa,d. where he has since sat as vice-chairman. Three years ago he contested the County Council election, but was defeated by Mr. (now Alderman) J. Jones Griffiths in a triangular fight, a Conservative also being beaten. He was nominated for the same seat again this year, but as the labour party were anxious to secure the seat for a working man in the person of Mr. Morgan Williams, the subject of our sketch with- drew. At present lie is a candidate for the Cym- mer and Williamstown Ward, but a labour and Liberal candidate will contest the seat against him. Mr. Williams has taken a prominent part in most local public affairs since his marriage, and will un- douhtedly making all an excellent 'councillor. He has two daughters married to prominent No:ie»n- mist ministers.

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