Callaway County, Missouri Genealogy Trails



Among the native sons of Missouri now actively associated with mining interests in Jasper county is Sanders T. Davis, the foreman for the Missouri Lead and Zinc Company. He was born in Callaway county, in 1864, and is a representative of one of the pioneer families of that locality, his grandfather, Gerard Davis, having removed to this state at an early day from Virginia. His son, Richard T. Davis, the father of our subject, was born in Callaway county, and was there reared upon a farm. After arriving at years of maturity he married Miss Julia Carrington, a daughter of Judge William Carrington, who removed from the Blue Grass state to Missouri at an early period in its development. He became a leading and influential citizen of Callaway county, was honored with public office, and for a number of years was the county judge. Hon. W.T. Carrington, an uncle of our subject, is the present state school superintendent of Missouri and is most prominent in educational circles.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the usual routine of farm life for Sanders T. Davis in his youth. He attended the common schools near him home and in the summer months he assisted in the labors of fields and meadow. Not desiring to make farm work his occupation, however, he at length left home, and for a time was in the employ of the Citizens’ Traction Company, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as foreman. He also spent some time in St. Louis, and for the past three years he resided in Joplin, where he occupies the position of foreman for the Missouri Lead and Zinc Company. He is well qualified for the important duties which devolve upon him and has the unqualified confidence of the company which he represents, for he makes their interests his own, and is energetic, prompt and notably reliable. In connection with his other interests he is superintendent and manager of the C.A. Davis mill and mine.
Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Jordan, a native of Cole county, Missouri, and a daughter of William Jordan, one of the pioneer settlers there. Mrs. Davis is a cousin of Mrs. Governor Stone. By her marriage she has become the mother of four children: Nydia, Nedia, William and Marie. In politics Mr. Davis is a pronounced Republican, deeply interested in the questions of the day and the success of his party. He was a delegate to the county convention in Carthage in 1900, and in 1901 was elected a member of the city council of Joplin from the Second ward for a two years’ term. Socially he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is industrious, determined and progressive, traits which are manifest in his business career, in his political work and in every walk of life – and it is such characteristics that have led to the rapid and marvelous development of the west.
[Source is: The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri By Malcolm G. McGregor (1901). Transcribed by Kim Mohler]





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