James Willis Davis, who is farming land on section 7, Pilot township, is a native of that township and has passed
his entire life in this county, believing that the advantages here offered are equal to those to be found elsewhere.
His birth occurred on the 3oth of August, 1879, and he is a son of Henry and Anna (Robinson) Davis, both natives
of England. Further account of their lives is given in the sketch of Oliver E. Davis, which appears elsewhere in
James Willis Davis attended the district schools and under the instruction of his father gained much knowledge
concerning agricultural methods. When twenty one years of age he began farming for himself, renting land from his
father, and two or three years later purchased one hundred and twenty acres from his father, forty acres of which
was a part of the quarter section which the latter purchased from the government. In 1914 Mr. Davis sold that farm
and bought the eighty acres on section 7, Pilot township, which he is now operating. His work as a farmer and stock
raiser is rewarded by good financial returns and his resources are constantly increasing.
On the 1st of November, 1904, Mr. Davis married Miss Etta Fuller, of Williamsburg, and they have the following
children: Erma M., Mildred D. and Verlyn W. Mr. Davis is independent in politics, as he prefers to follow his own
judgment in casting his ballot rather than obey the dictates of a party leader. He is a member of the school board
and his services are very acceptable in that connection. His wife belongs to the Congregational church and takes
an active part in the furtherance of its work. He is valued as a citizen and his personal qualities are such that
he has many warm friends.
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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