Among those who are contributing to the agricultural development of Iowa county and who are meeting with gratifying
success as farmers is John Davis, who cultivates a good tract of land on section 8, Pilot township. He is a native
of Iowa county as he was born in Sumner township on the 14th of June, 1858, of the marriage of Thomas and Mary
(Williams) Davis. The parents were both born in Monmouthshire, England, where they grew to maturity and where their
marriage occurred, after which they came immediately to the United States. They made their way direct to Iowa City,
Iowa, which was then the western terminal of the railroad. From there they traveled by stage to Iowa county and
settled in Sumner township, where they continued to reside for two or three years. At the end of that time they
removed to Johnson county but after living there for six or eight years returned to Iowa county and took up their
residence in Pilot township. The father proved very successful as a farmer and acquired title to four hundred and
eighty acres of excellent land. He is now living retired in Sumner township and although in his eighty ninth year
is still in good health, as is his wife, who has also reached an advanced age.
John Davis was reared under the parental roof and during his boyhood and youth gave considerable time to the acquirement
of an education, attending the district schools. On reaching manhood he rented a portion of the home farm and began
his independent career as an agriculturist. Some time in the late '80s he purchased from his father his present
home farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 8, Pilot township. He has since resided there
and has so prospered that he has been able to buy an additional one hundred and twenty acres, also on section 8.
His success is due entirely to his untiring industry and his wise management of the financial phase of fanning.
On the 11th of February, 1892, Mr. Davis married Miss Susan Shall, a daughter of G. W. Shaull, who became a resident
of Iowa county in 1875, removing here from Seneca county, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children, Earl E. and
Elizabeth M., both at home.
Mr. Davis is a republican in politics and has served as township trustee, proving very capable in the discharge
of the duties of that office. He has also been a member of the school board for about a quarter of a century, his
long term indicating his interest in the public schools and the efficiency of his work in their behalf. Both he
and his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church, of which he is one of the trustees, and they contribute
of their time and substance to the support of that organization. All who know him hold Mr. Davis in high regard
as he is able, upright and considerate of the rights of others.
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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