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Edward H. Davis
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Edward H. Davis was born Aug. 8, 1872, in Beaver Falls township, son of William Davis, who died in 1904, at the age of fifty-six years, and Hally (Johnson) Davis, who died in 1910, at the age of sixty years. William Davis was born in Illinois and came to Renville county in 1863, where he secured a homestead of 80 acres in section 18, Beaver Falls township, where he remained until his death. He served on the school board for two years. There were six children in the family, five boys and one girl. Edward H. Davis farmed in Redwood county for about one and a half years, then he moved to section 18, in Beaver Falls township, where he remained for one year. Then he engaged in the blacksmith trade in North Redwood for nine years. Returning to Beaver Falls township he bought 160 acres of land in section 20, and has lived there ever since. He has improved the farm, increased it to 240 acres and raises stock for the market. He breeds Durham cattle and feeds and prepares for the market about one carload of cattle and one of hogs every year. One of the features of his farm is a silo, 16 by 30 feet, with a nine-foot pit. It has a triple wall with a capacity of 165 tons. Mr. Davis has served on the village council of North Redwood for three years. He is a stockholder and director of the North Redwood creamery and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of North Redwood. Mr. Davis was married March 6, 1898, to Freda Graffenberger, born April 18, 1879, in Germany. She was adopted by her grand parents at the age of two and a half years and reared by them. Her grandfather, Albert Graffenberger, died in November, 1914, at the age of eighty-six years. He came to America in 1881 and lived in Redwood county until 1901, when he moved to Toledo, Washington, where he died. The grandmother, Wilhelmina Biedemann, died Feb. 6, 1900, at the age of sixty-nine years. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have six children: Edith, born Nov. 5, 1899; William, born March 11, 1902; Howard, born June 7, 1905; Mildred, born Nov. 25, 1908; Alice, born July 7, 1913, and Gorden Edward, born July 4, 1915.
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