MOUNT CARMEL — As part of the joint veterans Memorial Day services, Garfield Camp No. 34 of the Sons of Union Veterans in Mount Carmel will honor Civil War veteran comrade Isaac Davis.
Davis was born in Minersville in 1841, and came to Beaverdale with his parents, Reese and Mary (Williams) Davis, at an early age. His parents were natives of South Wales who came to America in 1829. His father and a partner started what was known as the Rhoades Colliery, just over the hill from West Avenue, and was one of the first coal operators in this section.
Davis was educated in local public schools. When the Civil War was declared he enlisted as a teenager and joined Company G, 129th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Private Davis was immediately sent into the conflict.
During the battle of Antietam he was shot through an arm and then sent to a hospital in Washington. When the wound healed he was to be sent home but insisted on returning to his ranks. Again, he was wounded at Fredericksburg so badly that he was returned to the Washington hospital. After recovering again he returned to Company G.
He was far south when the war concluded, but returned north to participate with his company in the big military parade in Washington. In his two stays in the Washington hospital, he quite often commented on the friendly manner in which President Abraham Lincoln would call on the wounded soldiers in the hospital and offer encouragement to the sufferers. When by chance he would see the president he would always salute.
After the Civil War, he married Miss Martha Hughes and lived in Wilkes Barre. At about age 37, he came back to Mount Carmel and they opened a general store at Second and Market streets. Davis had also prospected for minerals in Colorado and also in the south. He had also been a mechanic about the mines in Mount Carmel, and like his father he became affiliated with the Rhoades mine organization. Having traveled extensively and having been well read, his advice was often sought by people intending to make ventures in various parts of the country.
Always a strong, healthy, active man, he carried his age lightly, but the winter of 1929 sapped the strength of his constitution. After colds and a five-week bout of intestinal influenza, Davis suffered a stroke and died four days later and just shy of age 88.
He was a pioneer in the business activities of Mount Carmel and at his death was its oldest merchant. He lived by the “Golden Rule” and people always received fair treatment, which increased his business quite extensively. He was particularly fond of children and there was not a a youngster in his neighborhood who did not enjoy going to his store, whether on an errand for their parents or for sweets.
Funeral services were held at his home at Second and Market streets and were conducted by the Rev. Robert C. Peters of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial was held at Mount Carmel Cemetery with funeral director James A. Dyke in charge. He was survived by four children. It should be noted that his late brother, Morgan Davis, another prominent Mount Carmel citizen, also served honorably in the Civil War and has also been honored by Garfield Camp on a previous Memorial Day.
Garfield Camp No. 34, chartered Aug. 9, 1883, is the oldest veteran-affiliated organization in Mount Carmel. It is named for Civil War major general and 20th president James A. Garfield. The camp is responsible for honoring Civil War veterans on Memorial Day and the placing of flags on graves of Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans throughout the area. The camp headquarters is in the Lithuanian Social Club in Mount Carmel.