Oliver E. Davis, who is a successful agriculturist of Sumner township, was born in Pilot township on the 4th
of October, 1871. His parents, Henry and Anna (Robinson) Davis, were both born in England, the former in Monmouthshire
on the t5th of July, 1832, and the latter in Yorkshire on the 4th of January, 1841. The father came to the United
States in February, 1856, and located in Johnson county, Iowa, where on the 24th of March, 1861, he was united
in marriage to Miss Anna Robinson, who had come to the United States with her parents in 1852. They first located
in Wayne county, New York, but in 1856 took up their residence in Johnson county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Davis removed
to Iowa county on the 7th of January, 1864, and located on the southeast quarter of section 7, Pilot township,
which the father purchased from the government; He continued to reside upon his farm until his demise, which occurred
on the 14th of February, 1906. His wife died at the home of a daughter in Williamsburg about three months later,
her death occurring on the t5th of May, 1901. They were both members of the Methodist Protestant church.
Oliver E. Davis received his education in the district schools and on reaching his majority began farming for himself,
renting eighty acres of the old home farm. In 1894 he purchased the homestead, which comprises one hundred and
sixty acres and which he farmed until 1902, when he sold that place and removed to Genoa Bluff. He bought sixteen
acres of land there, which he cultivated together with eighty acres of rented land, and also hauled cream for the
creamery. In 1907 he bought his present farm on section 31, Sumner township, which comprises eighty acres. He has
since resided there and has brought his place to a high state of development.
On the 10th of November, 1895, Mr. Davis married Miss Ida Shaull, a daughter of Martin S. Shaull, a well known
pioneer of Sumner township, more extended mention of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have
four children: Roscoe O., Alta E., Ethel A. and Lester H., all at home.
Mr. Davis believes in the wisdom of the basic principles of the democratic party but is not a narrow partisan,
being very liberal and progressive in his views. He is president of the school board and gives much time and thought
to planning for the welfare of the public schools. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and both he
and his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church, whose teachings form the guiding principles of their lives.
He is industrious and has met with a gratifying measure of success as an agriculturist.
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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