William Davis [ 1855 (Approx.) - 1936 (Approx.) ]

Davis first appears in the 1881 Census of the village as a 27 year-old butcher although he soon took up other pursuits. In his obituary it states that he was a carpenter by trade and built several houses in the village. According to an ad dated 18 June 1884 , Davis was selling the “atmospheric tempering churn” in the area, having arranged for its manufacture in Fenelon Falls by Patrick Dessette [sic], cooper. Davis also hired out horses [FFG 23 Aug 1884; 2].

By 1892, he was in partnership with William Jackett and operating a slaughter house and butchers under the name “Wm Davis & Co.” The “offensive smell” of their operation on Deane Street was cause for complaint in April 1892 [FFG 8 April 1892; 5], but the partnership “was not of long duration”. After some rough words over a waggon tongue on June 30th, Jackett, according to Hand, threw a stone at Davis who was commencing to fight. The stone broke Davis’s arm, and Jackett was arrested, but soon released on bail. [FFG 8 July 1892; 4-5]. The partnership was dissolved in July and Davis soon vanishes from the directories. Upon his death at the age of 79, he had been living in Toronto for many years; the funeral took place on January 3rd, 1936 [FFPL 36:2]. He was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery.

See FFG 5 July 1884; 2. See also under Dissette, Patrick.

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