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Delaware County, Iowa


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Nelson E, Davis

Farmer & Businessman



      Nelson E. Davis is associated with Wilbur D. Hoyt in the conduct of an implement business in Manchester and is recognized as a business man of ability. He was born in Delaware county on the 10th of July, 1864, a son of Edwin Davis, who was born near Hartford, Connecticut, April 4, 1830, and came to Iowa in the early '50s, when the state was still a pioneer region.
     He was a farmer and school teacher and won the full confidence and respect of all who knew him. He married Sarah Ann Ferris, a native of Erie county, Ohio, born February 10, 1834, and she passed away January 31, 1874, when but forty years of age. To their union were born three children: Leora M., the wife of J. B. Sullivan; Herbert, likewise a resident of Manchester; and Nelson E., the subject of this review.
    The last named received his education in the common schools of this county and in the Bayless Commercial College at Dubuque. After leaving school he farmed for fifteen years and then removed to Manchester and embarked in the implement business in 1898. He has since that time been associated with Mr. Hoyt and has been an important factor in securing the continued success of the business. He has other interests, as he owns an excellent farm which he rents.
    Mr. Davis was married on the 6th of March, 1884, to Miss Florence L. Porter, a native of Illinois and a daughter of W. R. and Felinda (Colvin) Porter. Her father was a farmer by occupation but is now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Davis have been born two children: Edwin R., who married Miss Charlotte Atwater, and is employed in clerical work in Manchester; and Amber, who is a sophomore in Cornell College at Mount Vernon. Mr. Davis is a republican in his political belief and his religious faith is attested by his membership in the Methodist church. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America. His life has been a useful one and not only has he aided in the development of a successful business, but he has discharged in full all obligations resting upon him as a citizen.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 211-212. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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