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Leslie Calvin Davenport
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1878
Rice County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 1974
Rice County
Minnesota, USA

Northfield News
Mar. 28, 1974

Leslie C. Davenport

The funeral service and burial for Leslie C. Davenport were held in Northfield following his death on February 18, 1974. He died at the Minnesota Odd Fellows Home at the age of 96, as the result of generalized arteriosclerosis. He had gradually grown weaker over a period of a month to six weeks.

The funeral service was held at the Northfield United Methodist church on February 21, the Rev. W. T. Horst officiating.

Interment was in Northfield cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Ray Stenhaug, Joel Stenhaug, Ed Falkenberg, Elmer Boysen, Norval Hoverstad, Andrew Hoverstad. Many memorials were received and the family gave them all to the Odd Fellows Home.

Mr. Davenport was born in Northfield township, Rice county, on December 19, 1878, the son of Nathan S. and Alice (Orr) Davenport. He grew up in this area and on December 4, 1901, married Rose A. Whitson in Rice county.

The couple always resided in and near Dennison until moving to the Odd Fellows Home in the fall of 1967. Mrs. Davenport died at the age of 90 in April of 1972.

Mr. Davenport carried mail for 30 years, retiring in the fall of 1933. He farmed in Stanton township for many years after retiring. For 20 years he operated, with his son Ray, a fox and mink ranch. When the couple moved to Dennison, Mr. Davenport became the news correspondent for the village, writing for the newspapers at Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Kenyon, Faribault and Northfield.

While carrying mail, Mr. Davenport used a wide variety of vehicles--one of the first motorcycles, a Maxwell car without doors or windshield, two of what used to be called snowmobiles, one built on a Model T Ford and the other on a Model A Ford.

Mr. Davenport was for many years an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and baseball.

He is survived by one son, Ray E. Davenport and the latter's wife, Alma, at Whitehall, Montana; and grandson, Leslie, who with his wife lives at Richland, Wash.; a granddaughter, Miss Lura J. Davenport of Whitehall, Mont.; a great-grandchild, Cristee Rae Davenport; a cousin, Grace Orr Little (Mrs. George) of Dundas; a niece, Cecyl Davenport Lamm (Mrs. Gene) of St. Louis, Mo.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, William, and two sisters, Mathilda Prichard and Annette Hanson.
Family links: 
  Nathan S Davenport (1843 - 1930)
  Alice Elizabeth Orr Davenport (1853 - 1939)
  Rosina A. Whitson Davenport (1882 - 1972)
  Ray E Davenport (1905 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Northfield Cemetery
Rice County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section E, row 35
Created by: Natalie Herdman
Record added: Jul 03, 2008
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Leslie Calvin Davenport
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Leslie Calvin Davenport
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