William T. Davis, editor and publisher of the Pleasanton Times and judge of the city court, is one of the community's
most useful citizens and has been a definite factor in the promotion of its material, civic and moral interest.
He was born in Ely, White Pine county, Nevada, on the 28th of November, 1886, and secured his education in the
public schools of Redwood City, California, to which place his family had moved. When sixteen years of age he went
east to learn the printing business, and there became a linotype operator, gaining recognition as an expert. Going
to Chicago, he was employed on the Inter Ocean and Tribune, after which he returned to California and worked on
various papers in San Francisco w and the Tribune and Enquirer in Oakland. He as then employed by the government
to take a battery of linotype machines to Porto Rico, where he set them up and operated them for five years. On
his return to this country he worked on the San Jose Times until 1916, when he came to Pleasanton and bought the
Times, which he has since published. Progressive and enterprising, he has given the community the news while it
is news, is an attractive style and free from all objectionable features, so that the Times is a welcome visitor
to most of the homes of this locality. Typographically, it is equal to any of its contemporaries and has proven
an excellent advertising medium. Nine years ago Mr. Davis was appointed judge of the city court, and so satisfactory
has he discharged the duties of that position that he has been retained in office ever since. Personally and through
the columns of his paper, he has been a constant and effectual booster of Pleasanton and has given his earnest
support to every measure calculated to advance the public interests in any way.
Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Mura Wilcox, of Hollister, San Benito county, California, and they are
the parents of two children, Dorothy and Wilbur. Mr. Davis is a member of Alesal Lodge, No. 321, A. F. & A.
M.; San Jose Consistory, A. A. S. R., and the I. D. E. S., a Portuguese society. Personally he is a man of sterling
character and inflexible integrity, and owes his success in life to his determination and tireless effort along
right lines. He enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout this section of the county, is affable and friendly and commands
the unqualified confidence and respect of his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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