Biography of Col. Albert W. Davis
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Col. Albert W. Davis, who is widely known throughout Huron County as the capable postmaster of Norwalk, has had an interesting military career, having served throughout the Spanish American and World wars. He was born on a farm in Rochester Township, Lorain County, the son of William B. and Caroline (Minns) Davis.

William B. Davis was a native of New York and his wife was born at Sullivan, Ashland County, Ohio. As a young man he came to Ohio with his parents and settled on a farm near North Fairfield. He was a farmer, merchant and contractor. Mr. Davis died in 1897 and his wife died in 1913. Both are buried in Norwalk. Politically, he was a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were the parents of four children: Avery E., deceased; George E., lives at Kalamazoo, Mich.; Albert W., the subject of this sketch; and Edith M., married L. D. Ward, lives at Norwalk.

Albert W. Davis attended the public schools of Norwalk and Plymouth High School. He taught school for six years in Huron and Crawford counties, and during that time also learned the printer's trade, which he followed from 1890 until 1922. He established a job printing business of his own, in 1899. The business was incorporated as the A. W. Davis Printing Company in 1922. Since the date of its incorporation Mr. Davis has served as president of the company. He was appointed postmaster of Norwalk in 1922, reappointed in 1926, and again in 1928.

The military career of Mr. Davis began in 1885 when he became a member of Company G, 5th Ohio National Guard. Throughout the Spanish American War he served with the rank of captain, and in 1901 was appointed major. From 1911 until 1918 he held the commission of lieutenant colonel and during 1916-17 saw active service on the Mexican border. In June, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of colonel. Col. Davis is a member of the United Spanish War Veterans, Past Commander; American Legion, Past Commander; and 40 and 8 Society.

In 1890 Mr. Davis married Miss Emma L. Benson, the daughter of Benjamin and Helen (Farmer) Benson, who were natives of Ohio, both now deceased. He was a merchant and also owned and operated a stone quarry near Norwalk. To Colonel and Mrs. Davis were born three children: 1. Glenn B., who holds the rank of lieutenant commander, U. S. Navy, stationed at Washington, D. C. He married Miss Ruth Manahan, and they have a son, Glenn B., Jr. 2. Ivon married Theodore A. Barrett, lives at Norwalk, and they have a daughter, Nancy. 3. Donald, lives at Chicago, Ill.

Col. Davis is a Republican and is affiliated with Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 64; Huron Chapter, R. A. M., Norwalk Council, R. &. S. M. M.; Toledo Consistory, 32nd degree; B. P. O. Elks, Past Exalted Ruler; and Knights of Pythias. He has served as president of the Kiwanis Club and belongs to the Tri-State Postmaster's Association, and National Association of Postmasters.

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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