I'm pleased you filled me in on your families, and ancestors genealogy. I have a lot of information to share with you. I'll dig deeper into my files on the Davis genealogy and get back to you but I'm fairly certain there is a connection between your Davis families and my father's distant relatives. The fact that your Aunt Frances taught at the Hallton School for a time is very interesting. I have records, pictures of varioius rural schools and students. Mostly of Lake City and Portland Mills but I think there are also some taken at the Hallton school. My interest in the rural schools is because my father, his three sisters, many of their first cousins and former classmates all taught in the rural schools after first graduating from the Normal School System. Later, the majority of them took additional courses and furthered their education. Perhaps we can exchange pictures of the Hallton school and students.
My grandmother with her 7 young children in tow moved in 1911 to Hallton from Portland Mills to a farm which was located beyond the top of Shanley Hill. They lived there from 1911 to 1914 when they moved back to Portland Mills. My father and one of his sisters were both High School age and had to walk down the hill, cross the Clarion river bridge to the Hallton railroad station which was across from what is now the Hallton Hilton They took the special train to Portland Mills where they attended the Spring Creek High School. It's probable his younger brothers and sister all attended Hallton Grade school during those years.
The Hallton Hilton you wrote of is far from "very lovely,"
Not even many years ago would it have fit that description. It was a bar for many years owned by a distant cousin of my father's. It became the Hallton Hilton when a young man took it over and began serving large orders of french fries and huge hamburgers. Some times the ingredients of the hamburgers would taste like there might be venison mixed in. For a strange reason it became very well known all over and people came from all over to see what all the talk was about. I think the business is slowing down now basically because of the condition of the building. It's falling down! Maybe you were there but didn't realize what it was because of the appearance of the building. In order to get there you had to cross over the first bridge in Hallton. It's a very sharp left turn on a very curvy bend which leads directly down to the bridge and after crossing the bridge there is no turn until you arrive at the building. It's the first building you would come to on that road.
A quick gleaning of one of my files I find the follwing Davis names: Zelda Aronell Davis, born 12/18/1914, dau of Ambrose Sheridan Davis and Larena Cathers Shaffner, wife of Ivan Jacob Wingard, Martha Elizabeth Davis, dau of Sylvester Davis and Marth Paugh, Beryl Leota Davis, Vincent Loyal Davis, Martha Margaret DAvis, Alma Alverta Davis, Norman Verona Davis, Edna Bell Davis Shanley, and Maurice Russell Davis.
One of the surnames associated with my father's relatives to the Davis surname is Shanley. There are others but I'll have to get things together.
By the way my name is Ruth A. Larson, my maiden name was Kinley. I was born in Ridgway and spent most of my life here.
Talk to you later.
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