Arthur L. Davis, who is successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits on section 7, Pilot township, was born
in that township on the 17th of August, 1869, a son of Henry and Anna (Robinson) Davis, more extended mention of
whom occurs in the sketch of Oliver E. Davis.
Arthur L. Davis received his education in the public schools and remained at home until he was about twenty two
years of age, giving his father the benefit of his labor. He then began farming for himself and rented a portion
of the homestead for one year. At the end of that time he located on his present farm, on section 7, Pilot township,
which he operated for a year as a renter. He then purchased the place from his father, thus becoming the owner
of one hundred and eighty acres of as good land as is found in Iowa county. He has made a number of improvements
upon his farm and keeps everything about the place in excellent condition. He also owns the Davis homestead of
one hundred and sixty acres and eighty acres in Lincoln township and is one of the substantial men of his section
of the state. He carries on general farming and stock raising and finds both branches of his business profitable.
On the 23d of February, 1893, occurred the marriage of Mr. Davis and Miss Mary J. Bell, of Sumner township. Her
father, Charles W. Bell, now makes his home with his children. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have three children, Basil L.,
Russell and Clarence, all at home.
Mr. Davis is a republican in politics and was for one year assessor of his township. He has served as president
of the school board for a number of years and has always been a stalwart champion of improvements in the public
school system. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church and he is also affiliated with
the Woodmen Accident Society. He has not only gained financial independence but has also won the esteem and respect
of all who have come in contact with him as his business methods are above question and his personality is both
strong and attractive.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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