E. F. DAVIS.
In placing the name of E. F. Davis, well known implement dealer, in the front rank of Napa's business men simple
justice is done to a biographical fact, recognized throughout Napa county. A man of judgment, sound discretion
and business ability of a high order, he has achieved success and has so impressed his individuality upon the community
as to gain recognition among its leading citizens and public spirited men of affairs.
Mr. Davis was born in Hinds county, Mississippi, on the 28th of February, 1870, and is a son of George and Maria
(Jacobs) Davis, the former of whom was a native of Mississippi, in which state he died in 1873. After the death
of his father, E. F. Davis was taken by his mother to the state of Ohio, where in 1874, the year of their removal,
he was orphaned by her death. He secured his education in the public schools of the latter state, and in 1884 he
enlisted in the United States army, serving until 1890. Toward the latter part of his service he was transferred
to Fort Point, at San Francisco, and assigned to the First Artillery Regiment, with which he remained a year, followed
by a year at Fort Camby, Washington. At the end of that period he received an honorable discharge, and he then
went to work as a civil engineer in the employ of the government, following that line of work for about two years.
Mr. Davis then located in San Francisco and engaged in the carriage business, in which he was successful. While
he was there the Spanish-American war broke out. He had been a member of the California National Guard, belonging
to the First Regiment, and on the declaration of war he volunteered as a member of the First Regiment California
Volunteer Infantry. He was commissioned a first lieutenant and was sent with his regiment to the Philippine islands.
In December, 1898, he was promoted to a captaincy and commanded a company until he was mustered out of the service,
September 21, 1899.
On returning to civil life Mr. Davis came to Napa and engaged in the carriage business, but after the advent of
automobiles, carriages were no longer in demand, so in 1909 he turned his attention to the farm implement business,
in which he has since been successfully engaged. He carries a large and complete line of implements and tools,
and owing to his courtesy and square dealing he has built up one of the largest implement trades in the county.
Mr. Davis was married to Miss Cleo Gray, who was born in Indiana, September 28, 1884. Politically he gives his
support to the republican party and takes a commendable interest in public affairs, while fraternally he is a member
of the Improved Order of Red Men and the Spanish War Veterans. He is a Protestant in religious faith. Mr. Davis
is deeply interested in the welfare of his community and is a liberal supporter of all worthy benevolent or charitable
objects. He has been successful in his business affairs and owns several pieces of property in Napa, including
residence and store buildings, and he is numbered among the progressive and enterprising business men of this locality.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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