Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HUBERT DAVIS, a mining man and
land owner of Davenport, Washington, was born in Omega, Ohio, November
6, 1873. His father was Augustus Davis, a native of Pomeroy, Ohio,
and his mother, Sarah (Clouse) Davis, was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Mr. Davis is a member of a family originally
comprising thirteen children, nine boys and four girls, twelve of whom
are now living. The first fifteen years of his life were spent on
a farm with his parents, during which time he received the common school
education ordinarily gained by the industrious farm boy. In the spring
of 1891 the family came to Washington and engaged in farming near Davenport.
Subsequently Mr. Davis removed to the town of Davenport where he still
continues to make his home. In 1895 he entered the business of mining,
casting his lot in the Cedar Canyon district in Stevens county, where he
became superintendent of the famous Deer Trail mine, in which capacity
he served for a term of one year. After leaving the Deer Trail, Mr.
Davis located the Turk group of claims, and with A. W. Turner, of Davenport,
at once began developing the property. Later on they incorporated
what is known as the Turk Mining & Milling Company, which company owns
eight claims producing silver, copper, and gold. They have the claims
in an advanced stage of development, with at least six thousand tons of
ore, assaying twenty-five dollars per ton, on the dump. Considerable
ore has already been shipped to the smelter. A. W. Turner is president
of the company, Mr. Davis, vice president and H. A. P. Meyers, secretary,
Mr. Davis being one of the heaviest stock holders in the concern.
He also has interests in others of the many valuable prospects of the camp.
In addition to his mining property he owns four hundred acres of agricultural
land in Lincoln county and a section in Douglas county, near Stratford,
a small town on the Great Northern railway.
In fraternal circles Mr. Davis is identified
with the Royal Highlanders and with the Woodmen of the World. Although
coming to the country practically without means, Mr. Davis is now rated
as a well-to-do business man, enjoying the confidence and respect of a
wide circle of friends.
The Turk Mining & Milling Company is now
installing a one hundred ton smelter on their property, which will greatly
reduce the cost of operation, as at present they are obliged to haul their
ore thirty-eight miles to the railroad and then ship to the smelter in