|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1892|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1943|
MRS. DAVENPORT DIES WEDNESDAY
Boat and Boiler Company Head Ill Six Months
Mrs. Phyllis Schreiner Davenport, 5o, widow of Ira N. Daavenport and president of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company, died at Finley Hospital Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock. Mrs. Davenport had been seriously ill the past six months.
The body is at the Davenport home, 560 Fonelon Place, where funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery.
The building of boats and the love of the Mississippi River were in Mrs. Davenport's blood, as inheritance from her father, Jacob Schreiner, founder of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company and a pioneer inland boat builder. As a child much of her time was spend in the boat yards and on the river. As she grew older her attachment for the work of building boats that piled over the waters of the Mississippi and her love for the river grew greater.
When her husband took over the management of the boat yards, her interests became even more intense, and following his death, and until she became ill six months ago, she was the active head of the business.
Mrs. Davenport knew boats, knes the river and knew river-men. Her knowledge of the boats built in the Dubuque yards was detailed, being familiar with every thing concerning their constriction and operation. During the years her husband had charge of the boat yards she accompanied him on trial runs of crafts built in the yards and also on the trips up and down the river in which newly constructed boats were delivered.
Her acquaninianceship among rivermen extended from the source of the Mississippi to the Gulf. Much of her time each year was spent at the Davenport cottage at Shawndasse.
She was born in Dubuque, Oct. 2, 1892. Her father, Jacob Schreiner was a native of Dubuque, a member of one of the city's earliest pioneer families. Her mother was Adeline Kohler, a daughter of a pioneer family in East Dubuque, where she was born. Mrs. Davenport received her elementary education at the Audubon School, and was graduated from the Senior High School and attended the University of Chicago. As a student at the University of Chicago, her husband became world famous as an athlete, winning eminence as a track star. In preparatory school he set a new world's record for the 100-yard dash.
Mrs. Davenport was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a charter member of the GE chapter of the PEO.
Mr. and Mrs. Davenport were married Jan. 17, 1914. Surviving her are her daughters, Mrs. Henry Barr [Doris] Miller and Mrs. John H. [Carol] Ford, Jr., both of Dubuque; her sister, Mrs. Etta S. Minert, Waukon, Ia.: and a grandchild, Nancy Davenport Miller. Mr. Davenport died July 17, 1941.
Jacob Schreiner (1860 - 1916)
Adeline Kohler Schreiner (1862 - 1929)
Ira Nelson Davenport (1887 - 1941)*
Doris Davenport Miller (1916 - 1964)*
Maintained by: Donna Davenport Netters
Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: Apr 20, 2006
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