Obituaries - Davis
DAVIS, JAMES S.(Continued)
member, was born at Midlothian. Attended public school at Borden and Frostburg. Received business training with J.B. Shannon & Co. and Louis Stanton, after which he became chief clerk at the Post Office during the term of his father as Post Master. Always a staunch Republican. The two brothers, with their mother, Mrs. Eliza [sic] Davis, and sister, Miss Aggie T. Davis, reside at No. 37 Broadway, in their own well-appointed home.” [Sketch, 1912, p. 27]
(husband of SARAH TENNANT DAVIS)
b. April 5, 1838
d. September 8, 1905
a. 67 yrs. 5 ms. 3 dys.
“Ex-postmaster John Davis, whose serious illness has been noted, holds his own pretty well. Though suffering, he is uniformly cheerful, a survival of a well-day characteristic which comforts his friends.” [FMJ 5-27-1905]
“Ex-postmaster John Davis died at his home on Broadway, yesterday morning at 3 o’clock. Funeral will take place Monday afternoon. A more extended notice next week.” [FMJ 9-9-1905, p. 3]
“John Davis was born in Wales, March 5, 1838 and died in Frostburg, Md. at 8 o’clock Friday morning, August[?] 8, 1905, aged 67 years, 5 months and 3 days, after an illness of 10 months, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation.
Mr. Davis came to this country when but five years of age with a family named Price, his parents having died when he was yet an infant. He located in Cumberland for a short time and later was employed by the Borden Mining Company as mine-driver, still later as roadsman, and finally succeeded his father-in-law, George P. Tennant, as mine foreman. He was also foreman for the Consolidation Coal Company a number of years. Altogether, 40 years of his life were spent in the responsible office named—enough to warrant the true conclusion that he was well fitted to fill it.
Mr. Davis was, therefore, an authority on coal mining in this county, and was able to furnish more data in reference to the different veins and seams than probably any other contemporary in the Georges Creek coal region. Back in the seventies, while employed by the Borden Mining company in the capacity named, he was entombed in a mine for three nights and two days. John Hager, still living, was his companion during those dreadful 60 [sic] hours.
In 1857 he married Miss Sarah Tennant, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Tennant, of this place. His widow, one daughter and two sons survive—Miss Aggie T., teacher in Beall High School, and J. Alexander and James S., tobacco merchants, all residents of this place. His only sister, Mrs. William Clayton, lives in Sidney, New South Wales, and, outside of his family here, is his only relative so far as known.
Mr. Davis was a prominent member of Mountain Lodge, No. 99, A.F. and A. M., and Frostburg City Lodge, No. 88, K. of P. Of the former Lodge he is believed to have been for some time its eldest member. Mr. Davis was all his life a staunch republican—one of only 8 who in this county voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. As a member of that party he was appointed and served five years acceptably as postmaster of this town. Mr. Davis was a quiet, peaceable citizen, loving husband, kind father and a man highly esteemed for his probity and public-spiritedness.
The funeral on Monday was largely attended, interment being made in Percy cemetery. Rev. F.R. Wagner, assisted by Rev. A.H. Thompson, of First M.E. Church, Rev. H.S. Ecker of the Presbyterian, Rev. T.P. Morgan of the Welsh Baptist, all of this place, and Rev. A.C. Thomson of the Presbyterian Church of Lonaconing, officiated, all pastors being members of the Masonic fraternity, under whose auspices the funeral was conducted.
Messrs. Frank C. Beall, John W. Arnold, John Hitchins, G.W. Zeller, of this place; John McFarland, postmaster of Lonaconing, and George Reid, post-master of Midland, were the pallbearers. The floral tributes, numerous and beautiful, were carried by Messrs. John Jeffries, Henry Wagner, Christian Spitznas, John Hawkins, Samuel Green, D.J. Betz and Thomas J. Harris.” [FMJ 9-16-1905, p. 2]
The story of Mr. Davis entrapment in the mine is as follows: “For the week corresponding with next in 1877 the paragraphs below comprise in items of occurrence then new: Monday, November 26, 1877, John Davis, mine foreman, accompanied by Messrs. John Hager, Alexander Tennant, Jr., and Allen J. Mason, entered ‘old Borden mine’ to make some necessary repairs. Having completed the work shortly after 5 o’clock in the evening, they started out. Near the entry they discovered the old timbers giving way and dirt falling. Tennant and Mason, alarmed at this, ran for the entry and got out safe. Davis and Hager, however, not apprehending immediate danger, paused a moment until the dirt ceased falling, but in that moment lost their last chance of escape, as a great mass came down before them, filling the heading for about 20 yards, making an opening on the surface about 10 yards in diameter. A force was at once
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
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