Biography of S. B. Davis
Hancock County, OH Biographies

S. B. DAVIS, editor and proprietor of the McComb Herald, McComb, was born in LaFayette, Ind. His father, Samuel N, Davis, was by profession a clown in a circus and died before our subject was born, His mother subsequently remarried, Our subject, when but seven years of age, ran away from home and went to Sacramento, Cal., where he found several ways of making a living, though he worked in a hotel most of the time. When thirteen years old he returned to South Bend, Ind., and spent three years in learning the printer's trade in the office of the St, Joseph Valley Register, which paper was published by Schuyler Colfax and Mr, Wheeler, Our subject next went "West" and for a time worked on a paper in Leavenworth, Kas Returning to Toledo, Ohio, in 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and after serving three months, reenlisted, was assigned to Company D, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, and was wounded at the battle of Pea Ridge. Ark, At the expiration of his term of service he reenlisted for three years more and served until the close of the war. While on picket duty at Helena, Ark., he was taken prisoner and confined for three months at Little Rock, Ark. After the close of the war of the Rebellion. Mr. Davis returned to South Bend, Ind., and for four years engaged in the saw mill and lumber interest, He then followed the show business and lectured for four years. In 1872 he established a newspaper at Bluffton, Allen Co., Ohio, and this he managed for two years and a half; then moved with the said printing office to Dunkirk, where he remained for eight and a half years, and there established and published the Dunkirk Standard. In 1883 he sold out in Dunkirk, came to McComb, and purchased the Herald, his present business. Mr. Davis' marriage was a romantic one. November 12, 1872, he met, and on same day married, Mary, daughter of John Meyers, of Dutchess County, N. Y. Her father served a term of years as high sheriff of that county, was a hotel keeper, and died in his thirty eighth year; he and his father and grandfather were all named John Meyers, all Democrats in politics, and all born in the same house, which has stood for over 200 years. To our subject and wife were born the following named children: Bessie, Belle, Harry, Clarence and Frederick. Mr. Davis is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of McComb Lodge, I. O. O. F., and John Howard Post G. A. R. Politically he is a Republican.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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