From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 180-181, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William B. Davis, proprietor of the Democrat Message, was born
in Lafayette county, Missouri, July 10, 1865. His father, Henry K.
Davis, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and his father, Samuel H.
Davis, was a printer, and at one time published a paper in Wheeling,
and later in Peoria, Ill. He spent his last days there. His son was
also a printer, and followed his trade many years. He issued the first
daily paper ever published in Peoria, and the first ever published in
Champaign county, and during the war published the Lexington Union at
Lexington, Missouri. It was a strong Union paper, and there his life
was fraught with much danger. Later he established the Daily Advertiser
at Kansas City, and it is now known as the Kansas City Times. Among the
other places where he published papers were Paris, Texas, and
In December, 1874, he came to Mount Sterling and bought the
Mount Sterling Democrat and continued its publication until his death,
April 6, 1886. His wife's name was Mary Davis, of Cumberland, Maryland,
a daughter of John Davis. She now resides at Mount Sterling, where she
has reared six children.
William was ten years old when he came to Mount Sterling, and at
the age of eighteen he began to learn the trade of printing in the
office of the Democrat. In 1886 he bought the office and good will of
the Message and consolidated it with the Democrat under the name of the
Democrat Message. His mother still retains a half interest in the paper.
He married, in 1888, Laura G. Givens, of Mount Sterling,
Illinois, daughter of John and Maria Putman Givens. They have one
child, Catherine Maria. Mrs. Davis belongs to the Methodist Episcopal
Church, Mr. Davis is a Democrat in politics, and belongs to the
Cincinnatis, No. 287, K.P.