JOSHUA DAVIS, banker, etc., Kane, was born in Cambria county, Penn., in 1843, his parents having emigrated from
Wales a short time before. He was educated in the common schools of Ebensburg, and began his business life in 1867.
That same year he married Miss Hannah Howells, of Ebensburg, after which they located at Kane, where he engaged
in business as a dealer in general merchandise. Disposing of his mercantile interests in 1886, he em barked in
the manufacture of brush blocks, and was also interested in the manufacture of clothespins, being one of the firm
of Howells, Moffltt & Co. He is also interested in the chemical works, and is a member of the banking house
of McDade, Davis & Co. He is a member of the Kane Gas Light & Heating Company, and is always ready to invest
in any enterprise which promises to increase the prosperity of Kane. Mr. Davis was interested in lands which proved
valuable at the first development of oil at this place, and since then he has invested largely, which investments
have proved very remunerative. Mr. Davis was one of the first settlers of Kane, built the first house in the business
end of the town, and has since erected many business and residence houses. He is a member of Kane Lodge, No. 566,
F. & A. M., of Bradford Chapter, No. 260, R. A. M., and of the Scottish Rite, at Erie. He is also a Knight
Templar, being a member of Knapp Commandery, No. 40, of Ridgway, and, having served in the Union army, in the war
of the Rebellion, is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He has three children: William H., Cora May
and Annie Rachel. Of these, William H. is manager and part owner of the brash block factory; like his father he
is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Joshua Davis' career only exemplifies what perseverance, industry and
well directed effort will accomplish; beginning life with but 25 cents cash capital, he is emphatically a self
made man, and is now one of the able and prominent citizens of McKean county.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
McKean County, PA Biographies
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