Bio: Mortimer, Ray & Mariah Davis
Contact: Loyal Public Library
----Source: Excerpt from "The Centennial History of the York Center United Methodist Church, 1880 - 1980..
MORTIMER, RAY AND MARIAH
Ray Mortimer, son of Wm. and Estella Mortimer, was born in York Center, Clark County, in 1884. He received his education in community schools. At an early age, he went to Tacoma, Wash., where he was a street car conductor for four years. He also worked as a salesman for a drug company until his return to Clark County in 1913. In June 1917 he was married to Mariah Davis, daughter of Solon and Sarah Davis. She received her education through the third year at Granton, and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1913. Having taken teacher's training courses, she taught school four years in rural areas. The first two years she taught in the Town of Fremont and Town of York with a salary of $40 to $50 per month.
A home was established on a 60-acre tract of land which was part of the Mortimer estate. Nine acres of this farm were a woodlot on which maple syrup was made each spring for 46 years. It sold for $1.50 a gallon at that time.
They retired in 1960 and purchased a home in Loyal in 1962 and moved there in 1963. The farm was later sold to Tom and Jeanette Paun.
Ray and Miriah had one son, Harold, who married Vilma Bird, daughter of Joe and Rose Bird. Harold lives in Rock City, 111. Ray passed away in 1973.
----Source: Clark Co. published biography
Former Ray Mortimer Farm
Ray Mortimer, son of William and Estella Mortimer, was born in York Center, Clark county, Oct. 23, 1884. At-an early age, he went to Tacoma Washington, where he was a streetcar conductor for four years. He also worked as a salesman, until his return to Clark county in 1913. On June 30, 1917, he married Maria_h_ Davis, daughter of Solon and Darah Davis. A home was established on a 60-acre tract of land which was part of the Mortimer estate near York Center, Clark County. Twenty acres of this farm was wood lot from which maple syrup was made each spring. The couple lived here for 46 years until they retired and moved to Loyal. One son was born to them, who married Vilma Bird, daughter of Joe and Rose Bird.
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