Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


David D. Davis is a distinguished and honored citizen of Pacific Grove, now living-retired at 105 Monterey street. A native of Wisconsin, he was born at Delafield, Waukesha county, August 3, 1844, first seeing the light in a rude, if not uncomfortable log cabin, characteristic of those early days. He grew up in a wild, unsettled country, and attended school in a log building, so that when he recalls the past, he can conjure up many pictures in marked contrast to those of today.

In 1862 when Civil war rent the country, he enlisted for a year as a soldier in the Army of the West, joining the Thirty-fourth Wisconsin Infantry, and doing his "bit" to help save the Union. In 1863, having been mustered out, he reenlisted, this time as a member of the Fifty-second Wisconsin Infantry, and rendered valiant service at Nashville, Memphis, Columbus, Kentucky, and in various engagements elsewhere. After the assassination of President Lincoln his regiment guarded the body of the President as it was taken through Chicago for burial at his old home in Springfield, Illinois. He was at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, for a while and was mustered out at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee.

When the war was over, Mr. Davis retired to his father's farm in Wisconsin, and later bought eighty acres in that state, to which he added until he had two hundred and thirty acres. He raised wheat, oats, corn, rye, buckwheat and vegetables and was always successful in his farming, never having a crop failure. He raised such fine wheat that it weighed from sixty to sixty-two pounds to the bushel at the test, and he came to be a fine judge of soil and crop conditions. In all that section of Wisconsin, long so famous for its agricultural pursuits, few, if any, farmers excelled Mr. Davis in his varied operations. He owned a number of farms in his native state, including the famous Wild Rose farm of one hundred and twenty acres. At length, selling out at a profit, he removed to Waupaca, Wisconsin, where he resided until 1908, when he came to California. For a while he resided in Auburn, Placer county, and little by little readjusted himself to the new ways of the Pacific slope. Buying a small ranch of five acres, he engaged in fruit-raising but sold out in 1916 to remove to Pacific Grove.

In Wisconsin Mr. Davis was married to Miss Ella C. Petersen, a native of Denmark, by whom he has had four children: Mrs. Aileen Christianson, of San Luis Obispo; Mrs. Norman Thompson of Los Angeles; Mrs. Ruth Shearer, of San Francisco, and Irvin, of Sacramento. Mr. Davis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Pacific Grove, and a member of the Lucius Fairchild Post, No. 179, G. A. R. In 1921 he attended the Grand Encampment at Columbus, Ohio, and also paid a visit to his old home in Wisconsin. His has been an active and useful life, crowned by a substantial measure of success, and he well merits the high esteem uniformly accorded him.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.