Davis, Malcolm H. 6/30/1921 West Milton Record Company B 71st OVI

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Death called at the home of Mrs. Mara Morrow last Thursday evening and took the sprint of her brother, Malcolm H. Davis, who had been suffering for the past nine weeks from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage. He would have been eighty years of age, had he lived until the 2nd day of next May.

Mr. Davis was a farmer until about twenty-five years ago, when he made a success of that occupation to the extent of retiring from it. For some time previous to his retirement he was in the mercantile business at Laura and in that vicinity the old residents still talk of his honest and square dealings while in that village.

During the Civil was he served with honor during the conflict between the states, being a member of the 71st O.V.I. for a period of nearly four years.

He raised a family of five children, four of whom survive him. Two sisters are also left to mourn the loss of a kind brother.

Besides being a member of the G.A.R. he was also a member of the local order of the F. &A.M.

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Malcolm H. Davis, son of Allen and Nancy Davis was born near West Milton, Ohio, on May 2, 1842, and departed from the scenes and activities and responsibilities of this early life on June 30, 1921, having lived a long useful life of 79 years, 1 month, and 28 days.

On the 22nd of February, 1862, he enlisted in the country’s service in the Civil war, In Company B, 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was mustered out in January 1866.

In 1864, while home on a furlough, he was united in marriage with Eliza Coate, to which union five children were born. Mrs. Claudia Lowry of Troy, Mrs. Estelia R. Gingrich and Maurice M. Davis of West Milton, William A. Davis of Dayton. A daughter, Mrs. Minnie Westfall, passed away a few years ago.

Besides his four children, he is survived by two sisters, Olive Davis, and Mr. Mara Morrow, with whom he has resided since the death of his beloved wife in 1916. There are also nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A grandson, Russell Gingrich, died of disease while with the American forces in France in the late war.

Mr. Davis united with the Christian church of West Milton in 1867 and during all these years he has lived a faithful, consistent Christian life having been the senior deacon of his church at the time of his death. Socially, he was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Masonic fraternity.

He lived his home and his kindred and as a father and brother was ever kind and thoughtful ofr their welfare, sparing nothing to bring happiness and prosperity to his lived ones. As a friend and neighbor he was one whose bosom was transparent and deep in his heart was every sympathetic virtue. As a soldier, he was ever brave, loyal and patriotic to the last, clean in his words and life. As a Christian he was conscientious and consistent, abhorring superficiality and hypocrisy. Indeed he lived God and his neighbor as himself.

The funeral was held from the late residence on Sunday afternoon, July 3rd, and was conducted by the Rev. W.J. Young, after which the body was laid in its final resting place in Riverside cemetery.

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