Page 587, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Alden J. Davis, chief engineer of the El Dorado waterworks, is a native of Butler county. He was born in El Dorado in 1881, and is a son of L. G. and Melissa A. (Aldridge) Davis, the former a native of New York State, and the latter of Canada. They were the parents of the following children: R. L., died in El Dorado at the age of forty; Glenn, deceased; John, employed in D. W. Ow's grocery store; Artie, a farmer in Colorado; Alden J., the subject of this sketch; Frank L., a farmer in Colorado; and three daughters who died in infancy.

The Davis family came to Butler county in 1879, and settled in Chelsea township. About a year later, they came to El Dorado, where the father was engaged in the grocery and butcher business, then he ran a brick plant here and later was interested in truck gardening. He died at El Dorado in 1906, and his widow still survives.

Alden J. Davis received his education in the public schools of El Dorado, and in early life assisted his father in various ways, and for a number of years has been employed by the city of El Dorado at times, and in various capacities. On April 1, 1916, he was appointed chief engineer of the waterworks, and is now capably filling that position.

Mr. Davis was married in 1903, to Miss Evelyn Frank, of El Dorado, Kans. She was an orphan, and was reared in the family of George F. Hayman of El Dorado, and came to Butler county when she was ten years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children: Luther, aged ten years; and Ollis, aged one year. Mr. Davis is well known in El Dorado and vicinity, and has won a reputation for reliability and efficiency.

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