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 Virginia Fern <I>Mitts</I> Davis

Virginia Fern Mitts Davis

Death 12 Aug 2001 (aged 71)
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 68479937 · View Source
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Virginia was born in Sacramento, California to Merrill and Pauline Mitts. She had an older sister, Kathleen and two younger brothers Merrill Jr. and James. The family moved to Grass Valley, CA for a brief period while her father worked as a miner in the gold mines.

When the family returned to Sacramento Virginia attended Sacramento High School. During high school she met the love of her life ~ Howard "Ed" Davis. They married after graduation and lived in Perkins, California. In 1950 their son Terry was born. Gary, Donald (Pete), James (Jim) and Gregory followed Terry.

In 1954 Ed's older brother Henry Jr was running a small country store in Sloughhhouse, California. Sloughhouse was nothing more than a wide spot on Jackson Highway eighteen miles east of Sacramento. Ed and Virginia bought the store from it's owner and changed the name to Davis Market. With their two sons, Terry and Gary, they moved into the apartment that was attached to the building which also housed the post office.

Together Ed and Virginia ran the store, then branched out to farming. They leased several acres and raised tomatoes for the canneries. In 1970 Ed planted an acre of sweet corn. He and the boys started selling it on the side of the road. $1 for a dozen but he always threw in an extra ear in case one was bad and the $3 bag usually contained 38-40 ears. As the popularity of the corn grew they eventually turned the tomato operation into a sweet corn phenomenon. The store was sold to Ed's younger brother Floyd and moved down the road closer to the corn fields. The operation grew to 180 acres of sweet corn and other vegetables.

Virginia worked right along Ed's side. Whether it was working in the store, sorting tomatoes on the harvester or working at the corn stand you could count on Virginia. She called everyone "Kid". Her signature look was the nylon scarf over her hair and the hair clips with the bows on them. And she never said a harsh word about anyone. She loved to go fishing and play pinochle.

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