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Joseph Richard Davis
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1864
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1948
Malad City
Oneida County
Idaho, USA

Biography of Joseph R. Vickery Davis

Joseph R. Davis was born to Arthur Vickery and Elizabeth Richards Davis Vickery on January 4, 1864, in Rush Valley, Toole Co, Utah.

Joseph was the brother to many half siblings. Both of his parents had been married previously, and both were widows. For whatever reason, the marriage did not work out, and Elizabeth took Joseph and left Arthur. Arthur never really knew that side of his family. His mother raised him with her sons from her previous marriage, and had him go by their last name, Davis.

Joseph, or Joe, worked with his brothers herding sheep in Utah. They became partners in a sheep shearing business in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City was becoming larger than ever, and with that new laws were passed. In 1883 it became illegal to throw waste, whether from fireplace ashes to human waste, into the streets. I imagine walking around in your daily life would be much more pleasant after this.

A popular band at the time was the Fort Douglas Band. They would play at many of weekly dances, and other events. One such event was at the skating rink. There was a large attendance in Salt Lake City, as everyone put skating braces over their shoes to go out and have a good time! Just about everyone knew how to skate in those days, and it was a popular past time to get you through the winter.

Joseph could have met Ann either in Salt Lake (where she often lived) or in southern Idaho (where Joseph would often go for business). Either way, on September 4th, 1887, Joe married Annie Jones in Cherry Creek, Oneida, Idaho. He signed his name as Joseph Vickery.

The couple first lived in Utah, where they had their first two children; Leah in 1888, and Eugene in 1890. They lived in a house in Salt Lake City, at 64 S and 5th W. Joe and Ann later moved to Malad, Idaho, where they had their last five children; Amos, Arthur, Griff, Frank, and Pearl.

The same year Pearl was born, 1903, Joseph saw the railroad come to Malad. Oh happy day! The journey to Salt Lake City then went from being a very long wagon ride to a four hour trip by rail. Joseph was still in the sheep sheering business at this time.

In April, 1907, Joseph and Anna bought some land (little more than a half acre) with a home on it in Malad. He paid $1,907.00. It must have been exciting as they made the transition from sheep ranching on the outskirts of Malad, to life as a butcher and living in town. The butcher shop was named the Palace Meat Market, owned by Joseph Davis and Morgan Jones.

On June 19th, 1910, the Deep Creek Reservoir dam broke northeast of Malad. As the water broke through and traveled down, it flooded the cemetery on Hungry Hill and all the basements on the south side of Malad. Caskets and bodies of loved ones past were floating up, contaminating the water, and the cemetery had to be moved from Hungry Hill to 300 E in Malad. It took some time, but the town recovered.

When the Odd Fellows came to Malad, Joseph became a member. The Odd Fellows is an organization, in Joseph's time it was of men, where the members believe in God and being faithful to your County. They get together for meetings, help out their community, and are often in town or city parades.

In the meantime competition arose between the Palace Meat Market and the Peoples Meat Market, and you can see the problem with the name similarity. Joseph and Morgan changed the name of their butcher shop to Jones and Davis Meats. The men eventually teamed up their meat market with a grocery store.

In April, 1917, America (no longer being able to hold out) entered in what is now known as World War 1. Joseph and Annafs son, Arthur, went to serve his country. At one point another son, Amos, also was in the service. I believe he was also in World War 1, though at this time I am unable to prove it. Most of the world celebrated at the warfs end in late 1918, and with the safety of their son (sons) there is no doubt that Joseph and Anna shared in that celebration. When Arthur returned home from war, he worked for Joseph and Morgan as a clerk at Jones and Davis Meats.

Along with owning a butcher shop, Joseph had served as the town coroner. In his later years, after the stock market crash in 1929 (start of the Great Depression), he worked as the janitor at the Court House.

Son, Frank, and daughter, Pearl, never married, and so lived with him and Anna almost continuously. Pearl was a school teacher, adored and loved by many. At one time Pearl had been engaged, but it didnft work out. This wonderful daughter took care of her ageing parents, Joe and Anna, and her brother Frank (who had social problems).

Joseph is remembered as being very friendly yet quiet, and a wonderful grandfather.

Granddaughter, Deanna, said, gI would bring him a vanilla ice cream every day. I had to run down the hill very fast so that they wouldnft melt before I got there. Then we would sit there and eat our vanilla ice cream cones.

As Joseph got older, his eyesight began failing him. He had a clock next to his bed on the night stand, and he would have to bend clear down to see what time it was.

Joseph's wife, Anna, passed away May 22, 1943. His granddaughter, Marlene, moved in to help Pearl with taking care of Joseph and Frank.

Marlene remembers him on the back porch, singing "Oh Playmate, Come Out and Play With Me." Jo Ann, another granddaughter, said, gHe would always sit in his rocking chair, with all of us at his feet, as he would sing to us. I remember that rocking back and forth, while he was singing to us. Whenever he was out in the yard, we would go over there cause we liked being with him so much.

One evening Joseph got up in the middle of the night, and had a fall. He broke his leg, and left this world four days later. Joseph Richard Davis passed away January 30, 1948, at the age of 84. He is buried next to his wife in the Malad Cemetery.

Written by a descendent, Meliah Porter Crow

Lyrics to "Oh Playmate, Come Out and Play With Me"

Say, say, oh playmate,
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three
Climb up my apple tree

Shout down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends
Forever more more more more more

Say, say, oh playmate
I cannot play with you
My dolly's got the flu
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo

Ain't got no rain barrel
Ain't got no cellar door
But we'll be jolly friends
Forever more more more more more

*Sources: Obituary, Census records, Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, public records including marriage, Idaho State Gazetteer and Business Directories (1912-1913, 1914, 1916), and his grandchildren Jo Ann, Marlene, Pearl and Jack. 
Family links: 
  Arthur Vickery (1820 - 1897)
  Anna Louise Jones Davis (1863 - 1943)
  Arthur Joseph Davis (1896 - 1985)*
  Griff J Davis (1900 - 1980)*
  George Vickery (1854 - 1916)*
  Joseph Richard Davis (1864 - 1948)
*Calculated relationship
Malad City Cemetery
Malad City
Oneida County
Idaho, USA
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Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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Joseph Richard Davis
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