Davis, Sherman (History - 1857)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

SHERMAN DAVIS, a successful agriculturist, whose fertile farm of eighty acres lies in Sections 7 and 8, Fremont Township, was born in St. Lawrence County, New York State, Feb. 13, 1857. His father was Hosea Wiston Davis, a farmer in St. Lawrence County, who came to Wisconsin in 1875, arriving here November 2. On April 13, 1863, he had married Nancy Bowman, a native of that county, and they resided in New York State for twelve years after their marriage, during which time two children were born to them-Abie and Sherman. On arriving in Clark County, the family settled first in Grant Township, where they stayed for a year, removing at the end of that time to York Township. There also they spent a year and then came to Fremont Township, where Hosea W. Davis bought eighty acres of Wild land in Section 17, where he still makes his home. There, Gordon, the youngest son, was born. Sherman Davis remained with his parents until he was 23 years old.


Then on Oct. 1, 1890, he was united in marriage with Lessie Heath, a daughter of Andrew Heath and wife, the latter's name before marriage being Paulina Elizabeth Kennedy. Andrew had been a farmer in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., where his daughter Lessie was born, Sept. 11, 1868, and had also owned and conducted a store there. He came, to Wisconsin in 1870, settling first in Grant Township, Clark County but six months later removing to Fremont Township, which was then known as Lynn., Here he homesteaded 120 acres of wild land, building a frame house and barn. With a yoke of oxen he cleared this tract but subsequently moved to Oregon, where he died.


His wife, who was a native of Essex County, N. Y., had been a school teacher. After his marriage, Sherman Davis went with his wife to Oregon, where he rented a farm at Newberg and later one at Sheridan, subsequently purchasing a farm of sixty-seven, acres. He remained in Oregon three years and at the end of that time returned to Clark County and bought the home farm of eighty acres in Sections 7 and 8, where he has since made his residence. Here he built a log house in which he and his family lived for thirteen years, at the end of which time he built his present residence-a commodious dwelling of nine rooms. He has also erected a barn, 38 by 60 feet, and is engaged in general farming, raising Holstein cattle. He has served as school clerk and treasurer, for thirteen years and is a member of the local branch of the Farmers' Equity Association. Mrs. Davis, who was formerly a school teacher, is a lady of education and refinement, and they both have many friends in this part of the county. They have two children: Wellie H. and Elton R. The former was born Dec. 17, 1891, married Emma Campin, and is a farmer in Clark County. Elton R., born March 28, 1906, is residing on the home farm.



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