Grave marker for Joseph Davis
The nearly century-old grave marker for Joseph Davis is difficult to read. His obituary reported his age at 71 but based on dates, he would’ve actually been six days shy of his 71st birthday. A death certificate for Mr. Davis posted on shows that the cause of death was influenza. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Dec. 20, 1923, in the Daily Gazette-Times (Corvallis), Page 4, Columns 4-5.

Dies at Corvallis Hospital

Joseph Davis, resident of Philomath since the family came to this vicinity 13 years ago, died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon at Corvallis General Hospital where he was brought for medical attention a short time ago. He underwent an operation recently that was apparently successful, his death resulting from later developments.

Mr. Davis was born in Utah December 25, 1852, later resided in Montana and came from that state to make his home in Oregon. He was aged 71 years and is survived by his widow and six children, three sons and three daughters. They are C.M. Davis of Twodot, Montana; Stanley A. Davis of Salesville, Montana, Mrs. R.R. Matthews of Portland, Mrs. Fred Arrant and Mrs. Harry Mix of Corvallis and F.R. Davis of Los Angeles.

The funeral will be held from Bovee’s chapel at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Rev. Daniel Bryant will officiate and interment will be in Newton cemetery.