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Pages of History: Civil War vet is laid to rest with honors

From the pages of the Crescent City American, May 1930.

William Kennon Davis, for 30 years a resident of this city, and who has been most active in civic affairs, passed peacefully away at his home on J Street Sunday night, May 11. 

Mr. Davis was a veteran of the Civil War and Mexican Wars and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization composed of members of the Union Army, Marines, U.S. Navy and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War.

For a while, he also served under General Custer and narrowly escaped being with the general in his last battle by declining to serve longer in the service, just a day or two before the general’s  last campaign. 

Mr. and Mrs. Davis came west to Oregon 45 years ago, where they settled in Medford for 15 years before moving to Crescent City. Mr. Davis was a millright and carpenter by trade and worked in this profession until he retired a few years ago. He and his wife have resided in Crescent City for the past 30 years, where they raised their four children. 

Mr. Davis was laid to rest Tuesday, May 14, with full military honors, the Rev. J. Freelen Johnson officiating and the Veterans of Foreign Wars taking charge of the services at the grave. 


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