Leman Davis, a progressive business man, connected
with the commercial interests of Upton as manager of the Pioneer
Mercantile Company, was born in, Tonganoxie, Kansas, on the 6th of
December, 1885, a son of Lewellyn and Myra (Knight) Davis. The father
was a native of Missouri but was married in Kansas. His wife died in
that state in 1887, having returned on a visit. In 1884 the father
had brought his family to Wyoming, settling at Sundance, where he
engaged in the live stock business, handling at different times
cattle, sheep and horses, giving his attention, however, largely to
the raising of horses. He long survived his wife, passing away in
March, 1916. In politics he was a republican and was chairman of the
board of county commissioners of Weston county at the time of his
death. In public affairs he was quite active and prominent and was at
all times interested in everything that had to do with the welfare
and progress of his community.
Leman Davis was reared at the place of his nativity, making his home with a great aunt while he pursued his education in the district schools there and in the Lawrence (Kansas) Business College. Following the completion of his commercial course he was employed at office work in Lawrence, Kansas, for a period and in the spring of 1909 he came to Wyoming, settling in Upton, where for some time he was employed in various ways, being connected with a bank and also with ranching interests. In 1910 he filed on a homestead in Weston county, proved up on the property, which he still owns, and continued its cultivation until 1911, when he accepted a clerkship with the Pioneer Mercantile Company, serving in that capacity until January 1, 1916, when he was advanced to the position of manager of the Upton store and has since been active in the control of the establishment and the direction of its business connections. He is alert and energetic, well qualified for the responsibilities and duties that devolve upon him, and he is making good in his present connection. He is also interested to some extent in the raising of horses.
On the 2d of September, 1917, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Widner, of Upton, and they are among the leading residents of the city, enjoying the hospitality of the best homes, while the good cheer of their own fireside is greatly appreciated by their many friends. Mr. Davis is accorded a prominent position in commercial circles in Weston county and always stands in the vanguard of any movement pertaining to the upbuilding and development of his city.