William H. Davis. In
early Colonial days the emigrant ancestor of the Davis family came
from Ireland and settled in the South. From then to now the family
has been identified mainly with the southern states of Alabama,
Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma in more recent years, and it is of the
Oklahoma branch of the family that we have to do in this instance.
William H. Davis of
Lone Wolf. Oklahoma, manager of the Farmers Cotton Oil Company,
was born in Cass County, Texas, on August 31, 1874, and is the son of
A. K. and Sallie (Waldron) Davis. The father was born in Cass County,
Texas, in 1845, and died there in 1891, where he was a farmer and
stock grower all his days. He was a staunch democrat, a Confederate
veteran and a member of the Baptist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Davis
were born nine children. William H. being the fourth in order of
birth. The others are: Melissa,
the wife of Sam Petty, a stock farmer of Idabel, Oklahoma. Dora, who
died at the age of twenty-one years. Annie, the wife of H. J. Floyd,
a dry goods merchant of Naples, Texas. Frank, living on a Cass County
farm. Homer, who died at the age of nineteen. The three youngest
children, Sam, Carrie and Nettie, are at home with
their mother on the old Cass County (Texas) farm.
William H. Davis
attended the public schools of his native county and in 1892 was
graduated from the high school. He then began the operation of a
cotton gin and was thus occupied for the five years following. In
1898 he gave the work into other hands and wont to Enid.
in Garfield County, Oklahoma. He was a pioneer to that part of the
state, and he farmed there until 1901, when he came to Lone Wolf
among the earliest settlers and homesteaded a Government tract of a quarter section 4½ miles east of the
town. He still owns this land, but rents it, for his business
prevents him looking after it himself. In 1910 Mr. Davis became
manager of the Farmers Gin Company, now the Farmers Cotton Oil
Company, and he has since held that position. At the present time the
company, under his management, is building a new cotton oil mill
adjacent to the depot, for convenience
in shipping, and the concern is one of the thriving and prosperous
ones of the community.
Mr. Davis is a
democrat and a member of the local school board. He is a Mason, Lodge
No. 371 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is also affiliated with
the Lone Wolf Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen.
In Cass County,
Texas, Mr. Davis was married in 1895 to Miss Augusta Carlton,
daughter of W. H. Carlton, a farmer and gin operator, now deceased.
They have two children,–Marvin and Euna, both attending the Lone
Wolf High School.