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Obits > 1907 - Jessie H. Davis

 The Tampico Tornado newspaper  April 19, 1907 Page 1, Column 1


Jesse H Davis an Old Soldier Dies at His Post of Duty at Tampico School House

Jesse Davis, an old soldier and an aged resident of this place died quite suddenly Friday at 12:30 o'clock p.m. Mr. Davis was janitor of the school house and left his home just across the street about 7 o'clock to go to the smaller building to build the day's fires. The children on arriving at the school house found no fires going and the larger building locked. Professor Haney then went to Mr. Davis' residence to to see where he was and Mrs. Davis said he had gone to the school house about seven. Both then returned to the primary building and a search in the basement revealed him  unconscious in the coal bin where he had fallen while engaged in shoveling coal. The shovel was on his chest and he lay on his back. He was carried home just across the street and never regained consciousness until he died. Mr. Davis suffered a severe stroke of apoplexy last spring and has never been well since. When he stooped over he would become dizzy and it is thought that he had a more sever attack than ever while shoveling coal. 

The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Monday morning at 11 o'clock Rev. J. G. Armstorn officiating. The G. A. R. attended in a body and six of the old soldiers served as pall bearers. Interment was in the Tampico cemetery. 

Jesse H. Davis was born February 1, 1844 at Zanesville, Muskingham Co., Ohio. Most of his life was spent near his place of birth until he moved to Davenport, Iowa, later to Yorktown and then to Tampico. 

He enlisted in Company D., 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on the 13th day of September, 1861 at Zanesville, Ohio, and was honorably discharged with his company at Camp C**********************************************Ohio regiments to cross the Ohio river and engage in warfare in the state of Kentucky. In the Vicksburg campaing this regiment was in the charge at Chickasaw Bayou, where Comrade Davis was captured and taken to Bell Island prison, where he endured untold hardship, causing loss of sight of one eye and causing the other eye to become weak, rendering him nearly blind at the time of his death. 

He was married to Julia Chadwick at Zanesville, January 11, 1866 and ten children all living were born to this union. They are:: Chauncy Davis of Kansas City; Mrs. Laura Washburn of Shelton, Nebraska; Mrs. Emil Landstrom of Moline; Mrs. Ed Dickson of North Dakota; Mrs. Lovina Kohl of Springville, Iowa; Center Davis of Davenport, Iowa; Miss Jessie Davis of North Dakota; Mrs. Estella Winchell of Drinkwater, Canada; Howard Davis of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Mrs. George Olsson of Tampico. 


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