Mount Union Stories: Eliza J. Davis (1836-1893)

Published as it appeared on Aug. 2, 1893, in the Corvallis Times, Page 5, Column 4.

In Memoriam.

The funeral of Mrs. Caleb Davis, which occurred at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon, was an event long to be remembered by all who were present. The church, decorated beautifully by the Ladies Aid Society, of which she was a member, was filled with the many friends who came to pay the last tribute of respect to one so dearly loved and so worthy of the heart’s bent offering.

Mrs. Davis, with her husband, united with the Presbyterian church in Sharon, Iowa, thirty years ago. Ten years later they connected themselves with the Presbyterian church in this city, and as is well known Mr. Davis has been an honored, wise and faithful officer of the church during the past twenty years, while Mrs. Davis, by her loyal, consistent and consecrated Christian life has endeared herself to every one and every interest connected with the church. Many were the touching and interesting circumstances connected with her funeral. She was the oldest of fourteen children, ten of whom are still alive occupying positions of influence in the communities where they reside; seven were present at the funeral with the aged mother 76 years old, who is almost as active as any of her children. It was an unusual sight to witness, Mr. Caleb Davis and his family of ten living children all present on the sorrowful occasion. Not often so large a family are kept so near one another, and also so near the old home that in 48 hours they can all be brought together.

The older children are in active busy life, and the impressions and inspirations from the life of a loving, patient, faithful, Christian mother are imprinted upon the lives of all of them. Surely do “her children rise up and call her blessed.” It was a large circle of relatives that sat as mourners at the funeral. Men known and honored as citizens in the community, and women whose characters are worthy of highest respect, are numbered in the Henkle-Davis family. Their honesty, integrity and ability are acknowledged by all who know them. Thus Mrs. Davis has left the impress of a quiet, but useful life upon her family and the community. She rests in peace, after years of toil and suffering, in the beautiful cemetery on the hill at Newton’s, there to await a glorious resurrection.

Editor’s note: Despite the reference in the preceding story to age 76, this appears to be a typographical error based on the age at death engraved in Mrs. Davis’s grave marker as well as a more traditional obituary that appears on the same page and is presented below.

Published as it appeared on Aug. 2, 1893, in the Corvallis Times, Page 5, Column 5.

Died.

DAVIS—At the family residence, Corvallis, at 7:30 Monday morning, of heart failure, Eliza J, wife of Caleb Davis, aged 56 years, 8 months and 16 days.

The deceased was born in Lee county, Iowa, November 15th, 1836, and was married to Caleb Davis August 29th, 1855. In 1864 she arrived with her family in Southern Oregon, where she remained two years, and then moved to Napa, California. Two years later the family returned to Oregon and settled on a farm a few miles west of Corvallis.

About three years ago Mrs. Davis suffered a severe stroke of paralysis, from the effects of which she never recovered. She became able to walk subsequently, but never recovered the use of her right arm. About a year ago the family removed to Corvallis in order to be more accessible to medical assistance.

Mrs. Davis was the mother of 12 children, ten of whom survive her, as follows: Zeb H., Mrs. Ella Washburn of Brownsville, Thomas H., George W., Frank, Mrs. Mary G. Strange of Oregon City, Berth B., Fred and Oliver C.

The funeral occurred yesterday from the Presbyterian church and the services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. E.J. Thompson. The remains were interred in the Newton cemetery, and were followed to their lasting place by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, who mourn the loss of an affectionate wife, a loving mother and a devoted friend.

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