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Ex Idaho Gov. Davis dies; once of Rippey, IA

Former Idaho Gov. W. D. Davis, 86, who died Aug. 5 at a Lincoln, Neb,, hospital, grew up in the Rippey area.

Jefferson Bee  Aug 18, 1959

Ex Idaho Gov. Davis dies; once of Rippey 

Former Idaho Gov. W. D. Davis, 86, who died Aug. 5 at a Lincoln, Neb,, hospital, grew up in the Rippey area. In failing health in recent years, he died after a heart attack. 

Although only 46 when he became Idaho's governor, Republican Davis has been credited with putting through one of the most sweeping reforms in the state's history — establishment of the cabinet form of government in place of ponderous bureaus and committees.

Born in Wall 

Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1873, Davis came to the Rippey area with his parents when a small child. His first marriage was to Miss Florence Gilliland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Gilliland. Sometime after her death, he .was married to Miss Nellie Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Johnson of Rippey. She died in 1957. 

At one time, Davis managed the Farmers co-operative general store in Rippey and later was cashier in a Rippey bank.

After leaving Rippey, he went to Harrington, Wash., where he assisted in the establishment of a bank. About 1906 he moved to American Falls, Idaho, where he owned and operated a bank.

After being governor of Idaho, Davis was an assistant secretary of the U. S. Interior Department in 1923, commissioner of reclamation and director of finance for the Interior department in 1924 and later served as director of crop production loans for the U. S. Agriculture Department.

Presidential Adviser

For a period m 1931, he was a special adviser to former President Herbert Hoover. 

Funeral services were conducted at Boise, Idaho, Monday, Aug. 10.

Survivors include three children, Capt. D W Davis, Jr., Navy commander at Fort Omaha, Neb., Donald J Davis

of Boise and Mrs. Daniel Stubbs of Alliance, Neb., and a sister, Mrs. J. T. Doran of Pocatello, Idaho.