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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Anne Britton Davis the daughter of Calab Forbes Davis and Caroline Thistle Cox who were married in Keokuk in 1856.  Their home was continuously in that city, the remainder of their lives.  Judge Davis was born in Clarksburg, W. Va., in 1829, died in Keokuk, Jany. 6, 1898.  Miss Davis' mother was a Virginian by birth, the daughter of Friend and Susan Cox.  She was an unusually handsome woman of very strong character.  After the death of Judge Davis she still kept the home, a large octagon stone house, in the center of a big lawn -- a picturesque place, one of the land marks of the city.  Mrs. Davis died Feby. 9, 1813.  Judge Davis was prominent in public life;  for years he was special inspector of the public land service by appointment of Pres. Benj. Harrison.  He was a man of literary ability and compiled twelve volumes of local history and biography which are of incomparable value as state history.  He had an American Indian collection which experts say surpasses that of the Smithsonian Institute.  He presented to the Keokuk High School a collection of mounted birds of several hundred varieties.  Largely through his intervention with the Department of the Interior, the bones of chief Keokuk were brought to that city and buried beneath a monument erected by popular subscription.  This monument has since been surmounted by an incomparable statue of the old chief, Miss Anne B. Davis, Judge Davis' daughter, being one of the eight women of the Daughters of the American Revolution to bring about the completion of this work begun by her father so long ago.  Five children were born to Judge and Mrs. Davis, --- James Cox Davis of Des Moines, general council for the Chicago & North Western R. R., in Iowa.  Frank Wells Davis, cashier of the Keokuk Savings Bank of which his father was one of the founders; Caleb Forbes Davis, of Seattle, Wash.;  Caroline Thistle, the wife of Dr. Frank M. Fuller and Anne Britton.

Miss Davis was born in Keokuk, educated in the schools of that city and at Hosmer Hall in St. Louis.  She is a woman of marked ability, interested in everything for the public good.  She is a member of St. John's Episcopal church and devoted to all of its interests.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Y. W. C. A. and its corresponding secretary.  She is a director of the Benevolent Union, a charity organization, a director of the Civic League and is a member of the Mentor Reading Club.  For ten years she was secretary of the Keokuk Country Club and is an expert golfer.  She has won eight trophies: one loving cup represents the Trans-Mississippi Golf Championship, and other trophies were won in Southern California contests.  She is a member of the Keokuk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, being a descendant of Isaac Cox, who fought in the Pennsylvania troops.  He administered the oath of allegiance in 1877 to the people of Washington county, Penn., when they renounced fidelity to King George of Great Britain.  Miss Davis is a daughter worthy of her father and mother, true to the traditions of her ancestry and her family, which is praise indeed.


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