Davis, Jennie Cook, 1851-1946.

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Emma Jane Cook Davis (aka Jennie C. Davis, aka J.C. Davis, aka Mrs. Herbert Benton Davis) was born on October 17, 1851 in White Pigeon, Michigan. Davis lived in various locations growing up. At the age of four, her family moved to Iowa. When she was fourteen, they moved to Indiana. In 1873 she married a local friend, Herbert Benton Davis. The couple lived in Indiana from 1874 to 1877 where their first two daughters were born. Winifred Lawrence was born on October 30, 1875 and sometime in 1876 a second daughter was born, Jessie, but she died on August 1, 1877. The Davises moved to Michigan after Herbert Davis secured a job with the railroad as a relief agent. Jennie Davis earned extra money throughout the 1870s and 1880s as a newspaper reporter and sketch artist for various local newspapers. In 1879 their last child, Edith, was born. They lived in Chicago for about a year and then lived in Wisconsin from 1881 to 1887. The Davises moved to California permanently in 1894. Herbert Davis was able to find work with the Santa Fe railroad and Jennie Davis contributed to the income through her newspaper work. Between 1894 and 1908, Herbert Davis was employed at various train stations: Los Angeles; Inglewood; Highland; Burcham in 1898 where Jennie was the postmaster; Summit; and Elsinore. Their final station was at Devore, where Herbert was station agent and Jennie was the postmaster until his retirement in 1928.

Jennie C. Davis contributed to various local newspapers and journals including The Los Angeles Times, The Land of Sunshine, San Bernardino Sun, and Santa Fe Magazine. Her work was praised by Jack London, Charles F. Lummis, Maynard Dixon, Harry Chandler, John Burroughs, Eugene Field, George Francis Train, and John Steven McGroarty.

From the description of Papers of Jennie Cook Davis, 1885-1992 (bulk 1917-1942) (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 263687684

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associatedWith Akeley, Carl Ethan, 1864-1926. person
associatedWith Beck, Lou Westcott. person
associatedWith Blackmore, R. D. (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900. person
associatedWith Bristol, William Marion, 1859-1941. person
associatedWith Burroughs, John, 1837-1921. person
associatedWith Chandler, Harry, 1864-1944. person
associatedWith Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885. person
associatedWith Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. person
associatedWith Field, Eugene, 1850-1895. person
associatedWith Hard, William, 1878-1962. person
associatedWith Katterfield, Ludwig E., b. 1880. person
associatedWith London, Charmian. person
associatedWith London, Jack, 1876-1916. person
associatedWith Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928. person
associatedWith McGroarty, John Stevens, 1862-1944. person
associatedWith Payne, Alfred, 1824-1893. person
associatedWith Pease, Lute, 1869-1963. person
associatedWith Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884. person
associatedWith Rickenbacker, Eddie 1890-1973. person
associatedWith Sterling, George, 1869-1926. person
associatedWith Train, George Francis, 1829-1904. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Cajon Pass (Calif.)
Riverside (Calif.)
United States
San Bernardino County (Calif.)
White Pigeon (Mich.)
Devore (Calif.)
Acorn Lodge (Wrightwood, Calif.)
Fort Atkinson (Iowa)
World War, 1914-1918
Reporters and reporting
Women poets, American--20th century--Archives
American newspapers
Women Poets, American--19th century--Archives


Birth 1851

Death 1946

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