The Late F. A. W. Davis.
As was told in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING of April 14, F. A. W. Davis, president of the Indianapolis Water company, died on Good Friday at the home of his son, Lewis K. Davis, Pelham, N. Y., the cause of his death being pneumonia accompanied with heart trouble. He was buried at Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 13. A few additional facts as to his career may prove interesting. He came to Indianapolis from Jackson, Mo., the place of his birth, as a boy, seeking employment as a machinist. Being unable to find that kind of work, he accepted employment as clerk in the store of John M. Talbott, one of the then prominent Indianapolis business houses. Here he was employed for some time, but finally he left it to take up bank work. He continued in that line in various capacities for quite a number of years. During the Civil war, as officer of one of the banks, he handled all the money with which the Indiana soldiers were paid, and was instrumental in maintaining the credit of the State during war times. From 1865 to 1881 he was cashier of the Indiana Banking company, and his connection with the Indianapolis Water company began in 1881 and was brought about by the relation he had borne to the banking company. Among the assets of that company was a considerable amount of stock in the water company, as well as some of its bonds. These were turned over to Mr. Davis that he might do with them whatever was possible for the best advantage of the creditors of the bank, lie became vicepresident and treasurer of the water company, which had been in a serious financial condition, and continued in these capacities until five years ago, when he was elected president, to succeed the late General Thomas A. Morris; he was also at that time re-elected treasurer, and held these positions at the time of his death. Mr. Davis became a recognized authority on all matters pertaining to waterworks, and his advice was sought by a large number of waterworks plants throughout the country. Although of slight frame and constitutionally frail, he was possessed of marvelous energy, and his application to business left him no time for recreation. In everything that in any way touched the business or operations of the company he was not content till he had the familiarity of an expert with respect to that particular. Besides being an active member and former president of the American Waterworks association, he was also an active member of the New England Waterworks association, the Indiana Engineering society, the Lakes-to-thc-Gulf Deep Waterway association and many other kindred associations.