S. K. DAVIS, M. D.
Few residents of Libertyville are better known than Dr. S. K. Davis, whose activities extend beyond his professional
interests and connect him with the financial and agricultural life of the community as well. A native of Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, he was born on the 3oth of September, 1863; a son of Elliott and Mary (Linn) Davis, who were
also natives of Westmoreland county. In the spring of 1866, his parents came to Jefferson county, Iowa, locating
in Buchanan township. There the father followed general farming and also indulged in his hobby of fruit raising,
his father before him having been a nurseryman. He passed away in Buchanan township at the age of fifty seven years;
his wife's death occurred twenty years later, at the home of her daughter in Center township. In their family were
ten children, as follows: W. C., who passed away at the age of forty years; Edgar, who died in infancy; Ed H.,
of Fairfield; a daughter whose death occurred in infancy; Ella, the wife of W. H. Bates, of Center township; H.
D., residing in Libertyville; Dr. S. K. Davis, of this review; Elizabeth, who married J. T. Rodgers, of Center
township; Albert, who passed away in infancy; and Margaret, who wedded John W. Reebler, of Fairfield.
Dr. S. K. Davis was a little lad of three years when the family home was established in Buchanan township; and
there he made his home between the years 1866 and 1888. In the meantime, he attended the public schools in the
acquirement of his early education, and, later, pursued a course of study at Parsons College of Fairfield. Deciding
to become a member of the medical fraternity, he took up the study of medicine in Fairfield and Iowa City, and,
subsequently, graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1888. From the first he
has been most successful, impressing all with whom he has come in contact with his trustworthy character, his earnestness,
zeal and scrupulous regard for the ethics of his profession. He has other interests, as well. He owns valuable
farming property, and is vice president of the Libertyville Savings Bank, having been connected with the bank since
the organization of that institution. His interest centers, however, in his profession, nothing being permitted
to interfere with the conscientious performance of his duties in that direction; and he is constantly broadening
his knowledge and ability through individual research and through his connection with the county, district, state
and national medical societies.
Dr. Davis was married, in 1890, to Miss Nellie Hewitt, who was born in Jefferson county in 1867: a daughter of
G. W. and Rocena Hewitt. They have two children, Austin C. and Wyndon H. Dr. Davis gives his political allegiance
to the republican party, belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and holds membership with the Masons, the Knights
of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, relations which serve as a balance to a busy professional life and
which tend to make his a well rounded nature. He is held in high regard among his fellowmen, not only for his professional
skill and excellent business qualities but also for the manly principles which have ever governed his career. Dr.
Davis possesses a kindly, genial, hopeful nature which makes him the loved and trusted family physician in many
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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