|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1873|
|Death: ||May 19, 1947|
Frederick Hamilton Davis, Mayor and long-time resident of Madison, died at Norfolk hospital on the morning of Monday, May 19, 1947. Mr. Davis was stricken with a critical illness.
Mr. Davis was born in Jefferson precinct, Madison county, Nebraska on July 14, 1973. His parents, George and Angeline Davis, were pioneer Madison count residents and for a number of years resided on a farm in the vicinity of Burnett, now Tilden. Later his father became sheriff of Madison county, and the family resided fore a time at Madison. Mr. Davis received his education in the common schools of Nebraska and for some years taught in the rural schools of Custer county and Madison county. Upon leaving the teaching profession he engaged in the loan and real estate business at Madison and for a time was associated with the late John S. Robinson, pioneer attorney and member of Congress.
While in Madison Mr. Davis was active in civic affairs and was actively identified with the fussiness life of the community. In 1906 he became secretary of the Madison Building and Loan Association and served in that capacity until 1914. In 1907 he was elected a director of the Association and served continuously in that capacity until his death. For more than 40 years he was actively connected with the Madison County Agricultural Society and since 1935 he served as its treasurer. He was one of the organizers of the Madison Cemetery Association and served as secretary and treasurer from 1910 until 1935.
In 1911 Mr. Davis was elected Mayor of Madison and in 1914 was elected postmaster of the same place. Upon becoming postmaster he resigned his office as Mayor and thereafter continued to serve the patrons of the local post office until April 31, 1931.
At the time of his passing Mr. Davis was serving as Mayor of Madison, having been elected to that office in April 1946. He was also a director of the Union Creed Conservation District and was intensely interested in this work.
For almost 50 years he was an active member of the Masonic Order and at various times held all of the offices in the local lodge; including that of Worshipful Master. He was also a member of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department for many years and always took an active interest in the welfare of this organization.
On October 1, 1903, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Hattie B. Thatch at Madison and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive. Doris Carlson of Rockford, IL, Mary Garvin of Glendale, CA, and Irmabelle Keller of Sikeston, MO. Mrs. Davis departed this life at Madison on March 15, 1925 and on August 5, 1928, Mr. Davis was married to Clara Kaul, daughter of a pioneer Madison family. Mr. Davis is also survived by one brother, John E. Davis of Orleans, NE, by his stepchildren Ruth (Spence) Livingston of Temple City, CA, and Dewey Spence of San Jose, CA and by three grandchildren.
Fred Davis was a public-spirited citizen and few men have given more of their time and energy to the welfare and development of the community than he did. He had a deep and sincere interest in Madison and Madison county, and was always willing and anxious to support those things which he felt were for the betterment of the community in which he lived, and the county as a whole. He took active interest in politics and was a life-long democrat. That he was a faithful public servant and was so recognized is clearly shown by the number of times he was elected to public office.
Mr. Davis was a man of kind heart and affable disposition. He made many friends and enjoyed the confidence of all who knew him. In his passing Madison has lost a fine citizen and capable official.
Active pallbearers were: Harold Gilman, C. J. Kortman, Dh. H. Johnson, Earl J. Moyer, C. E. Marquardt, and G. V. Scheer. Honorary pallbearers were: Davie L. Neely, John F. Brosh, T. E. Farrell, Gus Schwank, Charles Seymour, C. S. Snyder, A. E. Ward, George H. Moyer, August Boysen, Dan Lowenberg, Herman Fricke., Harold Young, H. H. Lathen, Joe Malone, Frank Cerney and Leo Tiedgen.
Hattie Belle Thatch Davis (1872 - 1925)
Crown Hill Cemetery
Created by: BJGS
Record added: Sep 19, 2012
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