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 Edwin Horace Davis

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Edwin Horace Davis

  • Birth 21 Nov 1881 Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 13 Aug 1967 Baker County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 71667709

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

EDWIN H. DAVIS is the president of the Thomas J. Davis Estate, Inc., and is thus active in the management of real estate interests of large value. He is a young man of marked business ability and enterprise whom Boise is proud to number among her native sons. He was here born on the 21st of November, 1881, and is the fifth child and third son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Julia Davis, who were Boise pioneers, very prominent in the business, industrial and social life of the community, where they remained until death called them. The wife and mother passed away September 19, 1907, and the father died on the 10th of June, 1908. They are mentioned at length on another page of this work. Their son, Edwin H. Davis, was born and reared in Boise and in the acquirement of his education passed through consecutive grades in the public schools, becoming a high school pupil. He afterward entered Notre Dame University of Indiana and later studied in the Phillips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire. From early manhood he has been an active factor in business life and since his father's death has been manager and president of the Thomas J. Davis Estate, Inc., which is one of the largest in this section of Idaho. He was the chief organizer of the Davis Meat Company, which is an important and prosperous packing industry, constituting one of the leading productive industries of Boise. The plant is located on the left bank of the Boise river about a mile west of Boise, on property which the father owned. The plant consists of one large main building of solid concrete and various smaller buildings and pens for live stock, together with several cottages that are occupied by those conducting the plant. The entire plant is fashioned and designed along the most modern scientific lines and is fully equipped with the latest improved machinery such as is found in every modern packing house. It is supplied with electric lights and a water system and its product is chiefly sold in Boise. The Thomas J. Davis Estate also embraces large realty interests both within and outside of Boise, the realty outside including about seven hundred acres of fine lands in the Boise valley along the river just west of the city—lands that are most fertile and productive and which include the beautiful and famous Chinese gardens, visible to and admired by all travelers on the Nampa Interurban Railway line, which follows the crest of the hill above the gardens, and they are seen as well by all who travel the public highway along the hillcrest. These Chinese gardens are all on the Thomas J. Davis estate and constitute one of the most beautiful sights in the valley of Boise through the summer seasons.

On the 31st of December, 1907, Edwin H. Davis was married to Miss Marcella Torrance, who was born in Denver, Colorado, November 25, 1882, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anna (Shepard) Torrance. She was reared chiefly in Boise, where her father established and conducted the first foundry of the city. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have four children: Julia, who was born May 10, 1913, and was named for her grandmother; Thomas Jefferson, who was born August 4, 1915, and was named for his grandfather; Marcella, who was born February 11, 1917, and was named for her mother; and Mary, born September 18, 1918. Mrs. Davis is a member of the Catholic church.

Mr. Davis is a Mason of high degree, having become connected with the Royal Arch Chapter and Knight Templar Commandery, and he is also a member of the Mystic Shrine. He is a most progressive business man who, thoroughly trained by his father in business methods, has become a most active factor in the care and conduct of important interests. Opportunities that others pass heedlessly by win his recognition and in the utilization of these he has steadily advanced the business interests which are controlled by the estate. His life work has added new laurels to an untarnished family name.


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  • Created by: Patrick R. Hare
  • Added: 20 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71667709
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Horace Davis (21 Nov 1881–13 Aug 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71667709, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Patrick R. Hare (contributor 47357256) .