Samuel C. Davis, M. D. With a record of twenty years of successful work as a physician and surgeon, Doctor Davis of Blanchard is a descendant from some of the original Cherokee stock in Indian Territory, and is one of the men of Indian blood who have qualified themselves for superior stations in the life of the new State of Oklahoma.
Members of the Davis family were very early settlers in the State of Mississippi and were also people of note in Memphis, Tennessee. Doctor Davis’ grandfather was also a physician and surgeon, and a pioneer settler in Indian Territory, and engaged in the practice of medicine for many years at old Fort Gibson. He married a Cherokee Indian woman, and through her Dr. S. C. Davis of Blanchard is a quarter blood Cherokee. One of the sons of the pioneer Fort Gibson physician is W. H. Davis, who now lives in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and for many years was one of the leaders among the Cherokee people and did an important work as an educator.
Dr. Samuel C. Davis was born at Doaksville, in the Choctaw Nation of Indian Territory, October 31, 1869. His father, John L. Davis, was born near Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, in 1829, a date which indicates how very early the family was established in this new Indian country of the West to which very few of the eastern Indians had been removed at that time. John L. Davis served with the rank of captain in the Confederate army during the Civil war, and after the war rejoined his family who in the meantime had removed to the Choctaw Nation. There he followed farming and stock raising, was active as a cattle man and he died at old Doaksville in 1877. John L. Davis married Harriet Fulsom, a member of the prominent family of that name of Indian Territory. She was born at old Doaksville in the Choctaw Nation in 1850 and now resides at Hart, Oklahoma. Their children are: Dr. Samuel C.; Julia B., now deceased, who married George R. Collins of Ada, Oklahoma; Catherine, who lives at Stratford, Oklahoma, the widow of Joseph Pirtle, a farmer; and John L., Jr., who is a farmer at Stratford, Oklahoma.
Dr. Samuel C. Davis was reared and received his early education in the old Chickasaw Nation in the vicinity of Tishomingo and Wapanucka. He attended the Indian schools there for a time, but in 1877 his mother removed to Caddo, Indian Territory, where he attended district school, and was also a student in the old Robinson Institute near Tishomingo, and in 1889 graduated A. B. from the Wapanucka Academy. His education was continued in the East through two sessions of the preparatory school at Mount Gilead, North Carolina, following which he entered the Baltimore Medical University, where he was a student one year. In 1896 he graduated M. D. from the Louisville Medical College of Kentucky.
Thus at the age of twenty-seven he was equipped with a liberal education and by character and native endowment for his real work in the world. For eleven years Doctor Davis practiced medicine at Hart, Oklahoma, then spent a year at Lexington, and since January 17, 1909, has attended to a large practice as a general physician and surgeon at Blanchard where his offices are in the Stafford Building on Main Street. He is active in the various medical organizations and enjoys an enviable professional reputation.
His visible prosperity is also represented by the ownership of about 700 acres of farming land at Hart, Rosedale and Blanchard, besides a number of town lots in Blanchard. Doctor Davis is a democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and affiliates with Blanchard Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Roff Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Hart Camp No. 61 of the Woodmen of the World.
On August 13, 1896, at Roff, Oklahoma, soon after he came back from the East a young physician, he married Miss Linnie Mantooth. Her father was John Mantooth, a farmer and merchant. To their marriage have been born five children: Matilda Frances, born October 10, 1899, and now a sophomore in the Blanchard High School; Arvilla, born February 18, 1901, in the eighth grade of the public schools; Samuel C., Jr., born June 12, 19U4, in the fourth grade; Joseph, born June 10, 1907, in the third grade; and Olga, born December 30, 1912.