Page 656-657, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.

E. Davis


E. Davis, editor of The Whitewater "Independent," Whitewater, Kans., is one of the veteran newspaper men of Butler county. He is a native of England, born in London, May 6, 1850, a son of E. and Jane (Hargraves) Davis, natives of London, where the father was a shopkeeper. In 1869 the Davis family immigrated to America.

E. Davis, the subject of this sketch, came to Kansas in 1869 and, after spending a short time at Lawrence, came to Butler county in the spring of 1870. When he came here Emporia was the terminus of the railroad, and he walked from there to Butler county. He located on a claim of 160 acres of Government land, two miles east of Towanda, where he remained a few years. He then bought the Towanda "Herald," and conducted that paper for eight years, and at the same time was engaged in other pursuits, as the income from the paper was not sufficient to justify him in devoting all his time to that enterprise. He then sold the "Herald" and came to Whitewater and began publishing the "Independent," which he has conducted all these years. It is one of the substantial and progressive newspapers of the county.

Mr. Davis was married July 30, 1887, to Eva Fay Eidson, a native of Wisconsin. To this union have been born the following children: Emily J. Fay, born July 24, 1888; Eva A. May, born June 29, 1890; Edmond Dillon, born September 4, 1892; Esther B., born September 8, 1900; Eidy, born January 26, 1903; Ela Francis, born October 18, 1905; Elridge Charles, born March 23, 1908; Earldon Enola, born November 25, 1910.


Mr. Davis is well known throughout Butler county and is one of our most substantial men of affairs.

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