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Charles S. Davis
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1862
Tompkins County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1933, USA

Son of Sheldon Davis and Mary Jane Mowers; married Hattie R. Rule.

(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)

Charles S. Davis, engaged in the fur and hide business in Caldwell, was born in Ithaca, New York, January 5, 1862. He completed his education when eighteen years of age and after leaving school went to Mineral, Idaho, then a mining camp. He prospected largely in the Seven Devils section of the country and also in the Green Horn camp of Oregon and while in the former section killed hundreds of rattlesnakes and made a hat band of their rattles, which won him the nickname of "Rattlesnake Jack." He continued his prospecting until 1893 and then went to San Francisco, California, being there at the time of the great railroad strike and also at the time of the Mid-Winter Fair. In the following spring he turned his attention to placer mining on the American river, near Auburn, a business which he followed with varied success until illness compelled him to abandon his work there.

Returning to San Francisco, he took passage on a steamer for Portland, Oregon, and thence made his way to New Weiser, Idaho. At that time the city government had not been organized and lawlessness reigned. There was considerable rivalry between new and old Weiser but Anally the old town was absorbed by the new. Mr. Davis is familiar with every phase of frontier life and belonged to that class of men who assisted in maintaining law and order for the benefit of the localities in which he lived. He remained in Weiser for a year, being there engaged in the fur business, after which he spent one year in mining in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho. Later he removed to Boise, where he remained for a brief period, and then came to Caldwell, where he has since successfully conducted a fur and hide business. He has a most interesting picture of himself, with a beautiful silver gray fox pelt thrown over his shoulder, the second one he has been able to buy since he has been in the business here, this pelt being valued at five hundred dollars. He sells his furs and hides to traveling representatives of large eastern houses and his business amounts to about five thousand dollars annually.

On the 6th of August, 1897, Mr. Davis was married to Miss Hattie E. Rule, of Caldwell, and they have become parents of three children: Wilbur R., Eloise and Charlotte S., all attending the Caldwell schools. Mrs. Davis is a daughter of Robert Rule, a native of Ireland, who is now a farmer living near Boise. Her mother, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Seaton, is of American birth. The family occupy a pleasant home in Caldwell which is owned by Mr. Davis, who likewise has other property here. He has been prominent in community affairs, serving as deputy game warden for a year and as councilman for- two years under Mayors Little and Steunenberg. Mr. Davis believes in the strict observance of the law for the protection of wild game and animals and is greatly opposed to ruthless slaughter, which results in extermination.

(Thank you, Amanda Fox, for finding and sending me this bio.) 
Family links: 
  Hattie Elizabeth Rule Davis (1876 - 1930)*
  Wilbur Rule Davis (1905 - 1978)*
  Margaret Eloise Davis Westfall (1907 - 1974)*
  Baby Daughter Davis (1909 - 1909)*
  Charlotte S Rule McCall (1912 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Canyon Hill Cemetery
Canyon County
Idaho, USA
Created by: Judy Stevens
Record added: Dec 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23213805
Charles S. Davis
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Charles S. Davis
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Rest in peace.
- Amanda Fox
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
May you rest in peace.
- Sue Ann Harfst
 Added: Aug. 11, 2011

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