G.A. Davis, the subject of this sketch was born at Marion, Illinois, March 7th, 1875. He came here with his parents Mr. and Mrs. James A. Davis in the year of 1889 where he has since lived. He attended the Marion schools for several years previous to coming here and received a fair education. In 1902, Mr. Davis commenced business as a Cigar Manufacturer in this city where he is at present located, at the corner of Ferry and Fourth Street in what is known as the old Ingersoll building. This building has the distinction of being not only the eldest building in the city but of southern Illinois. It is built from cedar logs and was at one time a school house in which the talented and learned agnostic Robt. G. Ingersoll once taught a term or two of school. As proprietor of the Cigar Manufacturing establishment (No. 173) Mr. Davis has spent a number of years in building up the large patronage he at present commands. his special brands "Long Branch", Consuler" and numerous other brands he has made and placed upon the market for years command a ready sale and cannot be duplicated by others when quality and prices are considered. [Submitted by Norma Jean Huss]
The grandfather of Mr. Deane was an expert weaver of velvet in Spittlefield, England, and was the superintendent of velvet weavers. His son's name was Daniel Deane. Daniel Deane, Jr., was the son of Daniel and Mary Deane, two hardy English ancestors. He was born June 3, 1839, in London, England, and was educated under a private instructor and secured a good education. His early life was spent in his native country. Twenty-six years ago he came almost direct to Massac county and farmed for about six years. Having a business turn of mind he opened a general store in Unionville, Massac county, twenty years ago and has continued merchandising for a fifth of a century in the same building. March 24th, 1885, he and Mrs. Mary Anders were married and they have two bright children. Mr. Deane is of a pleasing disposition and stands high in the community.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
JUDGE BENJAMIN J. DELAVAN
Benjamin J. Delavan was of French descent, born about 1815, in Rochester, Va., and in 1843, with his father came to Paducah, there editing and publishing the first newspaper of that city. After his father's death, the young man came to Massac county, and taught school. He was both a Greek and Latin scholar, an exceptional attainment in that day. For years he was school treasurer and justice of the peace. His admission to practice in the circuit court of Massac county is the first on record, although pulmonary trouble prevented an extensive practice. In 1861 he was elected county judge of Massac county, which office he retained for two terms. His death, precipitated by pneumonia, occurred Jan. 7, 1883, at his home near Brooklyn. He left a widow, yet living, a son, and two daughters - Mrs. Henrietta McKee and Mrs. Fannie Williamson.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.].
Charles Durfee was born in Stonefort precinct, Saline Co., Illinois, Nov. 21, 1863. Dr. W.F. Durfee was his father and Mrs. Lucretia Moore Durfee his mother. Both parents died leaving young Durfee a penniless orphan at an early age. He worked hard on the farm, improved his spare moments in hard study, attended the common school at times and engaged in the profession of teaching in which he was a marked success. Politics has always enticed him and though not an office holder or office seeker he was elected surveyor of Saline county in 1892 and has always taken a great interest in each campaign. He is a republican and a stalwart. Under the direction of Judge Crow he read law and was admitted to the bar and formed a partnership with Judge W.A. Whiteside of Golconda, where they do a general legal business. Mr. Durfee has been twice married and lives with his family in Golconda, surrounded by many warm friends and well wishers.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
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