Erwin Davis Fox
ERWIN DAVIS FOX.
As a type of the wide-awake, progressive and enterprising Illinois business man
no better example could be found than Erwin Davis Fox, of Keyesport, who deals in general merchandise, hardware, farming implements and
lumber, and has also been called to high positions of honor and trust by his
fellow townsmen, who have recognized and appreciated his natural abilities.
During the years that Mr. Fox has been identified with the
business interests of Keyesport he has displayed those characteristics of
industry, integrity and progressiveness that are bound to have a beneficent
effect on the commercial activities of any community, and as a public official
has brought those same characteristics into play, with the result that he won
the admiration not only of those who have belonged to his own party, but of his
opponents as well. Mr. Fox is a native Illinoisan, having
been born at Hilesburg, Fayette county, August 12, 1878, a son of Julius C. and Maria (Bourner) Fox.
Julius C. Fox was born June 12, 1837, in the Kingdom of Prussia, Germany, and in his native village attended the public schools, after leaving which he entered the University of Berlin, being graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. On coming to America, in 1860, he P. 1321 located first in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he took a course in English, and eventually went to Indiana, in which state he practiced his profession for a short time. After following the same line of endeavor at Pleasant Mound, Illinois, for about seven years, Dr. Fox came to Keyesport, and after a short term of practice moved to a farm in Fayette county, where his family grew up. He then retired from active life and moved back to Keyesport, where he lived quietly until his death, in 1905, while his widow still survives him and makes her home in this city. She is the daughter of James Wellington Bourner, an Englishman, and has been the mother of four children, as follows: Hermann; Pauline, who married Russell Duloma; Erwin Davis; and Edith. Dr. Fox was a stanch and active Republican in his political views, and served in various offices within the gift of his fellow-citizens.
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