SOLOMON DAVIS, the pioneer merchant of Kingsburg and an early settler in other localities of California, was
born in Austria, in 1848. Soon after his birth his father moved the family to America and settled in Richmond,
Virginia, where they remained a short time. In 1852 they came to California, locating in Mariposa and Tuolumne
counties. In the counties mentioned and also in Merced County, where they lived for twelve years, Solomon was associated
with his father in the general mercantile business, their establishments in all cases being the pioneer stores
and not infrequently the only ones in the town.
From Merced County Mr. Davis moved to Fresno County and opened the first store in Kingsbnrg, and has continued
to live here ever since. The present firm consists of Solomon Davis and his brother, Samuel, their business being
transacted under the name of S. Davis & Co. They have an extensive trade and occupy a high position in the
community. Mr. Davis has large land interests in the vicinity of Selma and Kingsburg, and his recent operations
in real estate have netted him a handsome profit. He owns today upwards of 3,000 acres of land, which he is renting
and dividing up into colony lots. A short distance from the town he has a splendid raisin vineyard of 200 acres
In all mutters affecting the welfare of Kingsburg and vicinity he takes the liveliest interest.
Mr. Davis was married in 1882, and has a family of three children.
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
The Lewis Publishing Company
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