Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Dan C. Davis
"History and Biography of Minnesota, 1915"



DAN C. DAVIS. A conscientious sense of responsibility and thoroughness in the discharge of the many-sided duties which have lined his long avenue of life have given Dan C. Davis a permanent place among the men to whom Southwest Minnesota has looked for its development along agricultural and business lines, as well as for the proper management of its official affairs. Mr. Davis has been a resident of Cottonwood County for approximately forty-five years, and conclusive evidence of the place he has won in the confidence of the people of this region was given in the fall elections of 1914, when for the third time he was sent by the voters to the office of county treasurer.

Dan C. Davis was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, July 29, 1844, and is a son of George W. and Caroline (Jackson) Davis, and a grandson of George Davis, who emigrated to the United States from his native Wales and located in the State of Vermont. George W. Davis was born in the Green Mountain State, in 1820, and in 1847 went to St. Lawrence County, New York, where he settled as a farmer in the vicinity of Bombay. There he passed the remainder of his career, his death occurring in 1898, after he had passed twenty years in the employ of the United States Government as a custom house officer. Mr. Davis married Miss Caroline Jackson, who was born in Vermont in 1828 and died at Bombay, New York, in 1906, and they became the parents of five children: Dan C.; Martha, who married Doctor Rockwell, a physician of Bombay, New York; Bingham, a speculator and stock buyer, who died at the age of thirty years; George, who is engaged in the drayage and express business at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts; and Laura, who married H. M. Bero, a mechanic of Hogansburg, New York.

Dan C. Davis was given only ordinary educational advantages in his youth, attending the public schools of Franklin County, New York, until he reached the age of fourteen years. He was reared an agriculturist, and remained as his father's assistant until reaching his majority, at which time, deciding to see something of the western country, he left the parental roof and made his way to Peshtigo, Wisconsin. There he secured employment as a hand in the lumber mill of William B. Ogden, with whom he remained six months, at the end of that time going to Jerseyville, Illinois, there buying and selling horses and stock for two years. His next location was Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota, where he worked in a store for a Mr. Wilcox for two years, then making removal to Bingham Lake, Minnesota, which continued to be his home for seventeen years. From that point he shipped the first carload of cattle ever freighted by the Omaha Railroad, and from that time forward his operations in cattle, horses, hogs and sheep continued to grow and multiply rapidly. He removed from Bingham Lake to Windom in 1885, and this city has continued to be his home to the present time, his business holdings here being of an important and extensive character.

Mr. Davis is a republican in his political views and has long been prominent in the ranks of his party, having served on the school board of Bingham Lake during nearly the entire period of his residence here, as well as a member of the county commissioners; as a member of the Windom School Board for three years, and as a member of the county commissioners for twenty years while residing here, and in 1910 was first elected county treasurer of Cottonwood County, his first administration being so eminently satisfactory that he was elected for four years more, November 3, 1914. Fraternally he belongs to Odd Fellows Lodge No. 108, Windom, having been noble grand of that order while a resident of Wabasha County; and to Lodge No. 83, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Windom.

In October, 1872, Mr. Davis was married at Plainview, Minnesota, to Miss Minnie Rich, daughter of L. V. Rich, a farmer of that community, now deceased. Two children have been born to this union: Harry D., a graduate of Windom High School, and now connected with a telephone company that operates throughout Minnesota; and Miss Eunice L., a graduate of Windom High School, who taught school for one year at Windom and now resides with her parents.