The grave marker for Caleb Davis at Mount Union Cemetery
The grave site of Caleb Davis, who died in December 1913 at age 87. Davis had many life adventures from the California gold rush to serving as a Benton County commissioner. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Dec. 15, 1913, in the Daily Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Page 1, Column 1.

Respected Citizen of
Benton Since the
60’s – Funeral To-

Failing the past year or two, and rapidly the past two or three weeks, Caleb Davis Sr., respected citizen and pioneer, passed away at his home in this city last night at 9:30. He was aged 87 years 2 months and 24 days, and died of general debility. The funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian church tomorrow at 10:30.

Caleb Davis was a native of Center county, Pennsylvania, born September 20, 1826. He resided in his birthplace until 18 years of age, and then went to Lee county, Iowa, and remained until the spring of 1850. He then concluded to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California, and crossed the plains to the new El Dorado. After one year in the mines, he, in the fall of 1851, paid Oregon his first visit, coming down the Willamette valley as far as Lebanon, when he again returned to Yreka, and for the next three years was engaged in merchandising. He then returned via the Isthmus of Panama to his home in Lee county, Iowa. In 1864, he again, with his family, started across the plains to Oregon, and located in Jackson county for two years; then after two years spent in the Napa Valley, California, he again returned to Oregon and Benton county and lived for three years at Philomath, when he purchased a farm of 326 acres, located four miles west of Corvallis. Mr. Davis held the office of county commissioner of Benton county for two terms, being elected in 1880 and re-elected in 1882. He was united in marriage in Lee county, Iowa, on August 29, 1855, to Miss Eliza J. Henkle, daughter of Zebediah Henkle, who settled in Benton county in 1867. By this union there are ten living and two deceased children, viz: Z.H., Ella N. (now Mrs. W.D. Washburn), Thomas, George W., Frank, Mary G., Caleb A., Bertha B., Fred and Oliver.

All of these live in this vicinity with the exception of Mary G. Strange, who resides in Oakland. Mrs. Washburn, Thomas, Walter and Lillie are dead.

A close-up of the information found on Caleb Davis’s grave marker. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)