When in the library searching for my roots and my DAVIS family I came across this article in the book Origin and history of the name Davis by American Publishers Asoc. 1902. Someone had clipped this article from a newspaper and this is what it says.
Water Melons Good is the tittle.
Those at the water melon feast Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Davis all expressed themselves as having an enjoyable time and the Melons farmer Davis raised as being fine. The melons were splendid and just the proper temperature. M. T. explained that he pulled them out of the garden Saturday morning, and sent them to the cold storage. Then some one laughed when an explanation developed that M. T. had tried to obey the rule and Mrs. Davis had raised six fine ones in the garden, and they were fine, but the balance of the wagon load were raised by J. W. Cline. They too were splendid.
The crowd numbered over a hundred. The country members of the club, which we hear same call the W. B. Club, (we did not inquire what the initials stood for) were Chas. Morrison, Arthur McNatt and the following, with their wives, Wm. Patterson, J. W. Cline, J. M. Shipman, A. R. Wheat, Morgan Williams and Milt Pannell, Mrs. Amelia Shipman, Anna Hillhouse, Clarence Turner and Ella Grubaugh of Marionville. Everyone had all the melon they could eat and several melons were uncut. The next year feast will be with C. H. Morrison on Honey Creek.
This is all the article. It does not tell me what paper it came out of and or not any idea of the city for sure.
I do know there was an M. T. (Mansfield Taylor) Davis was a chairman for the St. Louis Mo. commission of the World's Fair of 1903 and I seen on the back of the paper was some hog prices and things. I do not know for sure. I did not take the clipping and keep it. I tried to use the back of it for a clue as to the origin of the paper, but nothing. I did call it to the library's attention. I do not know if they left in the book or not. I do know it would be a help to someone besides Davis as I have a HILLHOUSE family that I have been working on. Also Honey Creek in MO. is where a lot of the HILLHOUSE family was. Does anyone know who this Anna is and why she may be at the home of the M. T. Davis and having water melons and a water melon feast?
Must be a regular with the mention of next year feast.
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