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Thursday, October 28, 1943



Funeral services for Frank Davis, 89, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Tampico, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 in the Methodist church following a short prayer service at the home at 1:30. Rev. D. E Springer, pastor of the church will be in charge. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial cemetery.

Mr. Davis passed away at his home Tuesday morning at 7:30. He had been remarkably well until he underwent an operation when he was 85. He recovered from that and was quite well until he began to fall a few months ago. He became worse about two weeks ago when his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Black of Louisville, Ky., came to assist her sister, Miss Beryl Davis, in his care. His son Kenneth of Maywood was also with him for the past few days before his death.


Thursday, November 4, 1943



Funeral services for  Frank Davis, 89, one of Tampico's most respected citizens, were held in the Methodist church Thursday afternoon at two o'clock following a short prayer service at the house. Mr. Davis passed away Tuesday morning at his home.

Rev. D. E. Springer, pastor of the church, conducted the service using as the theme of his message of comfort, "Imperishable Treasures of Scripture." He quoted favorite texts of several well known men and closed with Mr. Davis' favorite text. His scripture  reading was II Timothy 4:7, 8.

The male quartet composed of Alan Curry, Edward Berge, Oscar Wetzell and Arthur Davis, sang two favorite hymns, ""The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide With Me." They were accompanied by Mrs. R. F. Woods at the piano.

Mrs. M. H. Parent, assisted by Miss Dorothy Cain and Mrs. H. J. Kolb had charge of the many beautiful flowers, tokens of the love and esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.

Burial was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery with E. W. Ruck, Martin Barrett, James Thomas, R. F. Nelson, Andrew Gerdes and L. E. Chapin serving as pallbearers.

Those from out of town who attended the services ere Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Black and daughter, Mrs. George Montgomery of Louisville, Ky.; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis and daughters Marjorie and Barbara of Maywood; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Carlson of Rockford; Mrs. Wilbur Doty of Pecatonica; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Scotchbrook of Warren; Mrs. Floyd Miller of Pearl City; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hasenyager of Earlville; Mrs. Dan Long and Mrs. Will Frost of Orion; Henry Smith of Prophetstown; Mr. and Mrs. Will Forth, Mrs. Fred Hammer and Mrs. Sidney forth of Morrison.

Frank Davis was born Sept. 16, 1854, and departed from this life Oct. 26, 1943, at the advanced age of 89 years. His parents, Isaac Smith Davis and Jane Belt Davis, came from Ohio in a covered wagon in 1840.  His father purchased an 80-acre farm near Lyndon and it was there that Mr. Davis was born.

He received his early education in the Lyndon school, the upstairs of the town hall. He became a member of the Congregational church there while a youth.

In 1869 the family moved to Tampico township where Mr. Davis attended teh South Hum school and church. This was before the village of Tampico grew up around the new railroad.

In 1885 he was married to Sadie Scotchbrook at her home near Morrison. They made their home on a farm in this vicinity for several years. Three children of this union survive him. Beryl of Tampico and Hazel (Mrs. E. E. Black)  of Louisville, Ky., and a son Kenneth  of Maywood. There are three grandchildren, Betsy Montgomery of Louisville, and Marjorie and Barbara Davis of Maywood. Mrs. Davis and an infant son preceded him in death.

His accomplishments were many as fitting one who lived such a rich life. He was in the implement business in Tampico for a time. But  his chief business was the betterment of men in church and civic affairs. He was a  member of the village board and the school board. He was a long time trustee of the Methodist church and a leader in the remodeling of the church. He was also instrumental in building its organization and personnel  as assistant superintendent of the Sunday school. He also sang, ina male quartet. No man can measure a life like this.

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