Biography of Eli A. Davis
Riverside County, CA Biographies





ELI A. DAVIS.
Since his location in San Jacinto in the early '90s Mr. Davis has been untiring in his efforts to assist in developing the community, his honorable principles and enterprising spirit having established him as a citizen of the highest worth. His father, Levi Davis, a native of Ohio, was a Civil war veteran, serving three years and eight months as a scout under General Sherman, with whom he marched and came within eight miles of the sea, his detachment going into camp and not coming in sight of the ocean. He married Miss Delila Hickle, of Noble county, Ohio, and in 1866 he took his family to Appanoose county, Iowa. Later he moved to Taylor county, where he followed carpentering and general farming and raised stock. Upon moving to southwestern Iowa he found the country in its primitive condition, wild game of all kinds was plentiful and human habitations were few. His last years were spent in this locality.

Born October 19, 1862, in Noble county, Ohio, Eli A. Davis went to Iowa with his parents in 1866. He received but a limited education in the common schools of Taylor county, having to go three miles to school. Later he became a farmer. In 1888 he married Miss Ella M. Frazier, whose birth occurred in Illinois. Her parents, who were natives of Scotland and New York, respectively, are both now deceased.

In 1890 Mr. Davis, on account of ill health, brought his family to San Jacinto, Cal., where for a short time he worked as a laborer. Later he went to Riverside, but returned to San Jacinto and engaged in ranching, purchasing in 1896 twenty acres three miles from San Jacinto with absolutely no improvements. Adding to his holdings from time to time, he owns today fifty acres, most of which is planted to alfalfa, and he also raises fine Belgian horses. During the twenty years he has resided in this locality he has lived in three counties, yet he has never been out of the confines of Riverside county.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children, Ruth and Dorothy Irene, both of whom are students in the Hemet high school.

While residing in Taylor county, Iowa, Mr. Davis became a member of the Masons, in which he maintained an active interest while a resident there. Broad minded and generous, he is always prompt to aid in municipal movements and with his wife and family enjoys the highest esteem of the community.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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