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

By Nita Phillips May 17, 2013 03:58 pm

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. 

Picnic at Big Lagoon

A challenge was issued to the Eureka Pyramid to meet the Crescent City Sciots in a baseball game at the annual picnic to be held at Big Lagoon on June 29. The challenge will no doubt be accepted and the Sciots will pick a champion team from their midst to bring them out victorious.

This is the time when the Masons and subsidiary orders of Del Norte and Humboldt counties get together for a day of sport and feasting. 

County’s No. 1 booster

One of Del Norte County’s good boosters is to be found in Emil Fentzling, residing on the Redwood Highway just east of the junction south of this city. 

Mr. Fentzling has arranged a display in his front yard depicting the lumbering, mining and dairying industry in the county. An arch has been built under which is a miner and a logger. The miner is preparing a meal while the logger is fishing and meditating over the problems of the day.

Mr. Fentzling erected the display himself and states that many tourists stop daily to look at his work of art.

Crescent City Harbor

Here’s the latest from the harbor:

• The steamer Elizabeth arrived from San Francisco Monday afternoon with freight. She loaded lumber and sailed south on Wednesday.

• The steamer Unimak did not make her round trip last week due to an accident to her mast and hoisting gear while on San Francisco Bay.

• The steamer South Coast recently installed tanks for carrying oil for road building purposes as well as fuel for Hobbs, Wall and Company locomotives.

• Due to rough weather the past week, the salmon fishing made but few catches, several boats returning with about 800 pounds each, which were taken to Eureka by Harry Van Pelt. Two cents per pound more is offered at Eureka than is offered by Curry County buyers.

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