266 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana
Samuel B. Davis

Vermillion Township - 267

Clinton for a time, but brought back to Newport, where it has since remained. The proprietors and editors have been Pratt & Adams, James M. Hood, Samuel H. Huston (1855, at Clinton), Mr. Campbell, Mitchell, Vaul (1858), a company, William E. Livengood, George W. English (1862-'63), Colonel H. D. Washburn, S. B. Davis, Joseph B. Cheadle and S. B. Davis again. It is almost impossible now to give all the above names in exact chronological order.

Pratt returned to Ohio. Hood, who was brought up in this county, left here for the West. Vaul moved to La Fayette, continuing in the newspaper business. Washburn died in 1871 (see sketch of him in the history of Clinton). Cheadle, Congressman elect, is now editing the Frankfort Banner.

The number of the Hoosier for January 17, 1863, for an example of the straightness of the times, had only four columns to the page, but was little larger than a sheet of foolscap, and was filled with war news. In the winter and spring of 1875, "Buffalo Bill" wrote for the Hoosier State a history entitled "Three Years in Utah," which was published serially.

SAMUEL BRENTON DAVIS, was born June 3 1842, in Parke County, Indiana, and named after a Methodist minister, a favorite of his parents. The latter are Robert and Melvina (Taylor) Davis, natives of Virginia, who reside in Helt Township, this county, which was also the home of Samuel Brenton from 1856 to 1861.

Mr. Davis was brought up on the farm, educated in the common schools and at Bloomingdale Academy. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Eighteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, participated in the battle of Pea Ridge, and the siege of Vicksburg, besides a number of skirmishes, and, after a service of one and a half years, he suffered an attack of the measles, when on a forced march, and he took cold, which settled in his right arm and leg, crippling him for life. He is obliged to use crutches. After his return from the army, he was a clerk for a time in a store at Clinton. In 1866 he was first elected county treasurer, and in 1868 re-elected to the office. While he held the office the treasury was robbed of about $36,000 (see full account elsewhere), by experts who wedged the vault doors open during the night; over $21,000 of the money was recovered from the Wabash River, in which stream the robbers had dropped it when hard chased by citizens. in 1868, Mr. Davis purchased the office of the Hoosier State. On the close of his term as treasurer, October, 1870, he devoted his whole attention to this paper. In 1870, Joe B. Cheadle purchased it, but nine months subsequently Mr. Davis brought it again, and has ever since been the editor and proprietor. He raised the circulation from 216 on the the credit system to 912 on the cash system.

As an editor, Davis is enterprising, fearless and witty. The file of the Hoosier State exhibits to the historian an extraordinary amount of lively local correspondence, and of editorial patience and liberality. While Mr. Davis has ever been a staunch Republican, he can acknowledge a victory gained by the opposite party with better grace than any other editor known to the writer. Besides the office above referred to, Mr. Davis has also been chosen trustee of Vermillion Township, being elected in April, 1886, by ten majority in a Democratic township. Is a member of the order of United Workmen.

The subject of our sketch married Sarah C. Canady, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Canady, -- parents now deceased. She is a native of this township. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Davis are -- Bird H., a well edu-