Inter Ocean, Illinois
28 October 1896
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THE OBITUARY RECORD
Martin Simeon Davis
He leaves a wife and two daughters, Miss Winnie Davis and Mrs. John Irving Pearce, Jr., of the Sherman House. His wife is a daughter of old Dr. Coover, now deceased, of Goshen, Ind., who was known for fifty years all over Northern Indiana. Mr. Davis spent many years in Niles, Mich., and in Goshen, Ind., and was for a long time the leading manufacturer of furs and hats in Toledo, Ohio, moving thence to Chicago ten years ago. He was the originator of the so-called "Mackinaw" straw hat, which was made from the grasses in the Northern Michigan lakes and braided by the Indians. His death was not unexpected. Arrangements for the funeral are deferred until word can be had from his brother and other relatives.
[A subsequent article states the remains were taken to Goshen, Indiana for interment.]