Biography of Fred O. Davis
Marion County, IA Biographies





Fred Ora Davis, engaged in the real estate and loan business in Knoxville, with offices in the I. O. O. F. building, was born in 1877 in this county, a son of J. I. Davis, who came to this county in 876 from West Virginia. The family is of Welsh descent but has been represented in this country for many years. Three brothers emigrated to America before the Revolution and one of the family served in that war. Members of the family have lived in Dodd ridge county, West Virginia, for over two hundred years. Both the grandfather and father of the subject of this review came to Marion county, Iowa, the former passing away here, while the latter engaged in farming here for many years but for the past seven years has lived in Wyoming. The mother of our subject was in her maidenhood Matilda Jane Wilson, a daughter of James Wilson, also of Doddridge county, West Virginia. She likewise survives. The family are Methodists in religious belief. The brothers and sisters of our subject are: Edgar, a farmer of Lucas county, Iowa; Walter, living in Wheatland, Wyoming; L. W.; Lovie, now Mrs. Johnson and a resident of Wyoming; and Ethel, at home.

Fred Ora Davis was reared and educated upon the home farm in this county and early became thoroughly acquainted with the details of agricultural work. Subsequently he mined coal for some time and was also engaged in the mercantile business. In 1903 he removed to Knoxville, where for the past ten years he has been engaged in the real estate and loan business with offices in the I. O. O. F. building. He handles land in all sections of the county and annually negotiates many transfers of real estate. He has also placed a great many loans and in both branches of his business has been successful. He sometimes has more deals pending than he can give his own attention to and he then employs other men to act as his agents.

Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Annie Benteima, a resident of this county, and to them have been born four children, Bertha, May, Nora and Elmer. Mr. Davis is a republican in his political belief and loyally supports the candidates of that party at the polls. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to all branches of that organization, and is past grand of his lodge. He likewise holds membership in all branches of the Red Men, including the Haymakers Association, and belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose. His wife belongs to the Rebekahs. They own a comfortable home at the corner of Kent and Pleasant streets. Mr. Davis has contributed in no small measure to the development of Knoxville through his real estate business and also by cooperating as a private citizen with a number of movements that have worked for the welfare of the community.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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