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Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co.

Page 1029

One of the largest and finest dry goods establishments in Carrollton is that of Vedder, Johnson & Davis. It was established in 1881, by Vedder & Johnson, who conducted it until Jan., 1882, when the present firm was formed. They occupy a fine, large store room, in the block owned by Kergher & Son, which is 30x80 feet in size, and have a well selected stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc., which will invoice about $14,000.

FRANCIS ADDISON DAVIS, one of the genial and enterprising proprietors of the dry goods, boot and shoe house, known as the firm of Vedder, Johnson & Davis, in Carrollton, was born in this city Feb. 27, 1858, his parents being James M. and Sarah (Vedder) Davis, his father a native of Kentucky, his mother of Lysander, N. Y. His father was a physician and enjoyed an excellent reputation and a fine practice. His death occurred June 8, 1855. He was honored and esteemed by all who knew him. Mrs. Davis still resides in Carrollton. Francis was educated in the schools here, after which, in 1874, he entered a dry goods store as clerk and was thus engaged until 1881. then in company with James I. Johnson and Orange T. Vedder, he opened up with a stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, etc., and the firm are now doing a heavy business, having met with success beyond their anticipation.

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