Biography of Aaron Davis
North Central Ohio Biographies

Aaron Davis, known throughout North Central Ohio as the efficient sheriff of Richland County, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Massillon, Sept. 14, 1893, a son of David T. and Susan (Evans) Davis.

David T. Davis was born in Swanzie County, Wales, in 1834. At the age of 13 years he came to the United States, where he was employed as a coal miner. He purchased a farm near Massillon, Ohio, in 1894, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1922 and his wife, born in Wales in 1848, died in 1926. Both are buried at Massillon. He was a Republican and a member of the Baptist Church. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis: Morgan, who died in 1910; William, lives at Massillon; David T., Jr., who died in 1928; Aaron, the subject of this sketch; Edward, lives at Massillon; Margaret, married James Bushman, lives at Massillon; Gwennie, married Eldon Eckroad, lives near Massillon; Anna, married Joseph Swihart, lives at Massillon; Jeanette, married John Nichols, lives at Wyandotte, Mich.; Susan, married Forrest Brown, lives at Canton, Ohio; and Mary, married Joseph Walsh, lives at Mansfield.

Aaron Davis was reared and educated at Massillon. At an early age he entered the mechanical department of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad Company, and spent three years as an apprentice machinist. In 1913 he entered the employ of the Massillon Rolling Mills, under the supervision of W. H. Davey. The following year the plant was removed to Mansfield and known as the Mansfield Sheet & Tinplate Company until its merger with the Empire Steel Corporation. Mr. Davis continued in the rolling mills until March 6, 1930, at which time he was appointed sheriff of Richland County to fill the unexpired term of Ralph Schad, who had resigned from office.

In 1916 Mr. Davis was united in marriage with Miss Faye DeWitt, the daughter of Asbury and Jennie DeWitt, natives of Holmes County, Ohio, and for many years residents of Richland County. Both are deceased and buried at Mansfield. Mr. DeWitt was a well known building contractor. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two sons: Jack, born in 1918; and Aaron, Jr., born in 1925.

Mr. Davis has always been a Republican and has taken a keen interest in political affairs for a number of years. He holds membership in the First Christian Church, and belongs to Frank H. Marquis Lodge No. 690, Free & Accepted Masons, Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R., Loyal Order of Moose No. 341, and Junior Order of United American Mechanics. He also belongs to the Mansfield Booster Club.

Mr. Davis is greatly interested in football and baseball and for several years served as manager of the Mansfield Sheet & Tinplate Company's teams in the shop league.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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