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William Milton Davis

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William Milton Davis

Birth
Denton County, Texas, USA
Death
21 Nov 1934 (aged 53)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial
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William M. Davis Death Notice
Miami News
November 24, 1934

FUNERAL FOR DAVIS SET MONDAY

HEART ATTACK PROVES FATAL TO W.M. DAVIS
Miami News, November 22, 1934

PRESIDENT OF TABLE SUPPLY COMPANY STRICKEN AFTER OPERATION:

William M. Davis, 54, president and founder of the Table Supply Stores, died in a Miami Hospital at 6PM of heart disease following an abdominal operation.

Mr. Davis became ill Sunday while attending the First Christian Church services. Taken from the auditorium to his home and later to the hospital where he under went and operation early Monday. Because of a weak heart, little hope had been held for his recovery.

He was born and reared on a farm in Austin, Arkansas. He moved in 1914 to Burley, Idaho where he owned and operated a department store for 10 years. He resided for several months in Eugene Oregon before coming to Miami in 1925. He began his Miami business with the opening of the Rockmoor Grocery at 5905 NE 2nd Avenue. A year later his son A.D. Davis, now Vice President, founded the Table Supply Stores.

He is survived by his widow; Mrs. Ethel Davis, four sons; A.D and J.E. of Miami, Austin of Winter Haven and Tine of Spokane, Washington. A daughter; Vera Davis Cushman of Miami, two brothers; Carl of Orlando and Adam of Los Angeles

TABLE SUPPLY PRESIDENT VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK

William M. Davis, 53, founder and president of Table Supply Stores, who died Wednesday night in a Miami Hospital, will be buried Monday afternoon after services at 2PM at the First Christian Church.

Officiating will be Reverend Harlow, pastor of the Boulevard Christian Church. Employees of the company will be the pall bearers. Burial will be in Woodlawn Park Cemetery.

Founding the Table Supply Stores in 1926, Mr. Davis lived to see the business develop into a chain of 36 stores throughout Florida. Mr. Davis died of heart disease.

William Milton Davis
· 5 October 2013 · 0 Comments

William Milton Davis founded the grocery chain "Winn-Dixie" operating in the southeastern United States. The company operates under the trade names "Winn-Dixie", "Winn-Dixie Marketplace" and "SaveRite". A book called, "History of Idaho" has the following biography of William Milton Davis: "The name of William Milton Davis figures prominently in connection with commercial enterprise in Burley, for he is the proprietor of the Davis Department Store and in all that he undertakes displays a most progressive spirit which enables him to carry forward to successful completion his well defined plans and purposes. He is a native of Texas, his birth having occurred in the city of Dallas, December 10, 1880, his parents being A.R. and Hepsey M. (Hawkins) Davis. When their son Milton was but a small boy, the parents removed to northern Arkansas, settling near the Missouri boundary line. There he was reared upon his father's farm, the father carrying on both agricultural pursuits and mercantile interest, being the proprietor of a store of which William M. Davis subsequently took charge. He remained in control of this business until 1904 and then engaged in merchandising at Henderson, Arkansas, where he continued in business until 1912, which year witnessed his arrival in Idaho.
Mr. Davis made his way at once to Burley and established what has since been known as the Davis Mercantile Company. In 1917 he removed his business to a new location which had been especially prepared for him and is now known as the Davis Department Store. He had eight thousand, two hundred and fifty square feet of floor space and and has one of the finest general stores in southern Idaho. He began business in Burley with a stock valued at seven thousand dollars and gradually his trade has increased until he now carries a stock worth sixty-five thousand dollars annually. He carries an extensive line of apparel fro men, women, and children and also groceries, and his store is neat and tasteful in arrangement, while the business methods which he has instituted commend him to the confidence and continued support of the public. Something of the volume of his business is indicated in the fact that he had twenty-five people on the payroll. He always demands that they extend the most courteous treatment to the patrons of the house, for he has ever recognized the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement. Associated with Mr. Davis in business is his brother, N. Carlyle Davis, who is store manager and floor director, his efforts contributed largely to the up building of the business. Being a man of pleasing personality, he has the happy facility of making and keeping friends and has therefore secured a large patronage for the store.
William M. Davis married Miss Frances Ethel Chase, a daughter of William D. and Adaline (Spruell ) Chase a native of Arkansas. Her father was an influential millman and lumber producer. Mrs. Davis has three brothers, W.A., W.L., and R.H. Chase, who are all engaged in the practice of law in Oklahoma and are important factors in the state's politics. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis are Darius, Elsworth, Austin, Vera, and Tine.
In the political view, Mr. Davis is a Democrat, having staunchly supported the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. His religious faith is that of the Christian church and he has been a prominent factor in its growth, development and support. He is now serving as one of the elders and also as the treasurer of the church and does everything in his power to advance its up building and extend its influence. His life has ever been guided by high and honorable principles and the sterling worth of his character is attested by all whom he has been brought in contact."

This reference in this book says that William Milton Davis was born on 10 Dec 1880 in Dallas, however, family records state that he was born 10 Dec 1880 in Denton, Texas. That needs to be researched more fully. This reference also mentions a brother N. Carlyle Davis. The family records show a Newton Carlisle Davis. This is probably the same person.

A statement from the Winn-Dixie website gives another short summary of the beginnings of the store:

"The store's history began in 1913 in Burley, Idaho. Carl Davis found employment with the Clark Mercantile, a small local grocer. He was joined later that same year by brother William Milton (WM) Davis. The brothers bought the store in 1914 and renamed it the Davis Mercantile.
W. M. Davis listened to the advice of brother Carl, moved to Florida and purchased the Rockmoor Grocery in Miami. The year was 1925, and Florida was booming. W. M. Davis was financed by a $10,000 loan from his father. He was joined in the venture by his four sons, who became shareholders. The firm changed the name to "Table Supply" in 1927, as well as adding 4 more stores to the growing concern."

Both of these references indicate a brother named "Carl" or "N. Carlyle" Davis. Both of these references are referring to Newton Carlisle Davis.
William M. Davis Death Notice
Miami News
November 24, 1934

FUNERAL FOR DAVIS SET MONDAY

HEART ATTACK PROVES FATAL TO W.M. DAVIS
Miami News, November 22, 1934

PRESIDENT OF TABLE SUPPLY COMPANY STRICKEN AFTER OPERATION:

William M. Davis, 54, president and founder of the Table Supply Stores, died in a Miami Hospital at 6PM of heart disease following an abdominal operation.

Mr. Davis became ill Sunday while attending the First Christian Church services. Taken from the auditorium to his home and later to the hospital where he under went and operation early Monday. Because of a weak heart, little hope had been held for his recovery.

He was born and reared on a farm in Austin, Arkansas. He moved in 1914 to Burley, Idaho where he owned and operated a department store for 10 years. He resided for several months in Eugene Oregon before coming to Miami in 1925. He began his Miami business with the opening of the Rockmoor Grocery at 5905 NE 2nd Avenue. A year later his son A.D. Davis, now Vice President, founded the Table Supply Stores.

He is survived by his widow; Mrs. Ethel Davis, four sons; A.D and J.E. of Miami, Austin of Winter Haven and Tine of Spokane, Washington. A daughter; Vera Davis Cushman of Miami, two brothers; Carl of Orlando and Adam of Los Angeles

TABLE SUPPLY PRESIDENT VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK

William M. Davis, 53, founder and president of Table Supply Stores, who died Wednesday night in a Miami Hospital, will be buried Monday afternoon after services at 2PM at the First Christian Church.

Officiating will be Reverend Harlow, pastor of the Boulevard Christian Church. Employees of the company will be the pall bearers. Burial will be in Woodlawn Park Cemetery.

Founding the Table Supply Stores in 1926, Mr. Davis lived to see the business develop into a chain of 36 stores throughout Florida. Mr. Davis died of heart disease.

William Milton Davis
· 5 October 2013 · 0 Comments

William Milton Davis founded the grocery chain "Winn-Dixie" operating in the southeastern United States. The company operates under the trade names "Winn-Dixie", "Winn-Dixie Marketplace" and "SaveRite". A book called, "History of Idaho" has the following biography of William Milton Davis: "The name of William Milton Davis figures prominently in connection with commercial enterprise in Burley, for he is the proprietor of the Davis Department Store and in all that he undertakes displays a most progressive spirit which enables him to carry forward to successful completion his well defined plans and purposes. He is a native of Texas, his birth having occurred in the city of Dallas, December 10, 1880, his parents being A.R. and Hepsey M. (Hawkins) Davis. When their son Milton was but a small boy, the parents removed to northern Arkansas, settling near the Missouri boundary line. There he was reared upon his father's farm, the father carrying on both agricultural pursuits and mercantile interest, being the proprietor of a store of which William M. Davis subsequently took charge. He remained in control of this business until 1904 and then engaged in merchandising at Henderson, Arkansas, where he continued in business until 1912, which year witnessed his arrival in Idaho.
Mr. Davis made his way at once to Burley and established what has since been known as the Davis Mercantile Company. In 1917 he removed his business to a new location which had been especially prepared for him and is now known as the Davis Department Store. He had eight thousand, two hundred and fifty square feet of floor space and and has one of the finest general stores in southern Idaho. He began business in Burley with a stock valued at seven thousand dollars and gradually his trade has increased until he now carries a stock worth sixty-five thousand dollars annually. He carries an extensive line of apparel fro men, women, and children and also groceries, and his store is neat and tasteful in arrangement, while the business methods which he has instituted commend him to the confidence and continued support of the public. Something of the volume of his business is indicated in the fact that he had twenty-five people on the payroll. He always demands that they extend the most courteous treatment to the patrons of the house, for he has ever recognized the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement. Associated with Mr. Davis in business is his brother, N. Carlyle Davis, who is store manager and floor director, his efforts contributed largely to the up building of the business. Being a man of pleasing personality, he has the happy facility of making and keeping friends and has therefore secured a large patronage for the store.
William M. Davis married Miss Frances Ethel Chase, a daughter of William D. and Adaline (Spruell ) Chase a native of Arkansas. Her father was an influential millman and lumber producer. Mrs. Davis has three brothers, W.A., W.L., and R.H. Chase, who are all engaged in the practice of law in Oklahoma and are important factors in the state's politics. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis are Darius, Elsworth, Austin, Vera, and Tine.
In the political view, Mr. Davis is a Democrat, having staunchly supported the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. His religious faith is that of the Christian church and he has been a prominent factor in its growth, development and support. He is now serving as one of the elders and also as the treasurer of the church and does everything in his power to advance its up building and extend its influence. His life has ever been guided by high and honorable principles and the sterling worth of his character is attested by all whom he has been brought in contact."

This reference in this book says that William Milton Davis was born on 10 Dec 1880 in Dallas, however, family records state that he was born 10 Dec 1880 in Denton, Texas. That needs to be researched more fully. This reference also mentions a brother N. Carlyle Davis. The family records show a Newton Carlisle Davis. This is probably the same person.

A statement from the Winn-Dixie website gives another short summary of the beginnings of the store:

"The store's history began in 1913 in Burley, Idaho. Carl Davis found employment with the Clark Mercantile, a small local grocer. He was joined later that same year by brother William Milton (WM) Davis. The brothers bought the store in 1914 and renamed it the Davis Mercantile.
W. M. Davis listened to the advice of brother Carl, moved to Florida and purchased the Rockmoor Grocery in Miami. The year was 1925, and Florida was booming. W. M. Davis was financed by a $10,000 loan from his father. He was joined in the venture by his four sons, who became shareholders. The firm changed the name to "Table Supply" in 1927, as well as adding 4 more stores to the growing concern."

Both of these references indicate a brother named "Carl" or "N. Carlyle" Davis. Both of these references are referring to Newton Carlisle Davis.


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