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    Old 12-04-2013, 02:01 PM
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    Hi,

    I cobbled together an article on the early Davis SM Co from early period newspaper articles. I havn't commonly seen this information out there so I thought I'd share it:

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    That's interesting Jon. Thank you.

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    Thanks, that was interesting. Where did you find your sources? It must have been challenging.
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    NICE!!! that is going in my research folder!!!! Is this mostly from JDA or ??
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    Originally Posted by GreyQ
    Thanks, that was interesting. Where did you find your sources? It must have been challenging.
    Most of it came from 1860's and 1870's Watertown, NY newspaper articles available for viewing online for a fee. The bit about Elias Howe was in Google books "Growth of a Century" by Haddock. The internet is truly an awesome tool.

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    Also through the use of the internet it was recently discovered that the Davis Vertical Feed inventor, Job A. Davis, lived from 1823 - Jan 31, 1886. This was unknown until a couple years ago.
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    Jon,
    Thanks for sharing! The history of the invention of the sewing machine is fascinating! From the little research that I have done, there were lots of underhanded things that went on during the early days of the sewing machine. Guess there have always been unscrupulous businessmen! Glad the sewing machine industry survived! You mentioned the new factory was in Dayton. Was that Dayton, Ohio or some other state? Is this a "to be continued" article? Would love to know how the new factory worked out...
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    Originally Posted by lovelyl
    Jon,
    You mentioned the new factory was in Dayton. Was that Dayton, Ohio or some other state? Is this a "to be continued" article? Would love to know how the new factory worked out...
    Yes, Dayton Ohio. Here's some Davis Dayton history.

    http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/davisdayton.html

    Rumors are Davis was bankrupted due to financial / Wall Street skulduggery.

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    Originally Posted by jlhmnj
    Yes, Dayton Ohio. Here's some Davis Dayton history.

    http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/davisdayton.html

    Rumors are Davis was bankrupted due to financial / Wall Street skulduggery.

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    Thanks! I live just south of Dayton, Ohio! Cool local history!
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    Originally Posted by lovelyl
    Thanks! I live just south of Dayton, Ohio! Cool local history!
    Davis factory buildings are still there. From what I hear Dayton is a far cry from its former glory. I used to vacation and go fishing in Watertown, NY / 1000 Islands. Beautiful place to visit.

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