Biography of J. Luther Davis
Tulare County, CA Biographies





J. LUTHER DAVIS.
J. Luther Davis, manager of the Lindsay Cooperative Citrus Association, which owns and operates two large packing houses located in Lindsay, California, is a native of Senaca, South Carolina, and was born December 2, 1885. When he was about four years old his parents, Daniel and Mary (Quail) Davis, came to California and located in Riverside. There Daniel Davis (now deceased) was for several years superintendent of streets and active in various civic improvements, while his two children, James Luther and Cora Cordelia, attended the public schools.

J. Luther Davis began his business career and had his first contact with the citrus industry at the age of seventeen, as a box maker for the firm of Worthly & Strong, fruit packers of Riverside. He continued at this trade in the Riverside district until the year 1906, when he came to Lindsay for the first time, where he was employed by the Central California Citrus Union as a box maker for one year. He then returned to Riverside and reentered the employ of Worthly & Strong, until the year 1908, when he secured a contract for the boxmaking for the Lindsay Packing House Company at Lindsay, and later became foreman of its plant.

When the original plant of the Lindsay Packing House Company was taken over and operated by Harry S. Drake, Mr. Davis continued as foreman for him, and when the business of the latter was incorporated as the Drake Packing Company, he continued in that capacity until the year 1918. During the packing season of that year he was superintendent of the plant of the Lindsay Packing House Company. After leaving its employ in the summer of 1919, he took charge of the plant of J. J. Cairns at Lindsay during the packing season of 1919. After the close of the 1919 season, the labor situation was such that a great many of the experienced fruit workers felt the need for a definite organization, and on account of his long experience not only as an employe in the citrus industry and the deciduous as well, but also as an employer in the same industries, he was secured to act as business agent for their organization which was known as the Central California Fruit Workers Union. He was active in the conduct of their affairs until the fall of 1920, at which time he entered the employ of the Drake Packing Company again.

In the year 1921 the Drake Packing Company sold out its packing interests to a newly formed association known as the Lindsay Cooperative Citrus Association. This association retained the entire personnel of the former company, employing Mr. Davis as superintendent of packing in the plant until 1923, when the association built an additional plant in Lindsay, which was also placed under his charge. Upon the resignation of the manager in June, 1925, Mr. Davis was chosen by the association to act as manager. On account of his long experience in the citrus industry in all the various districts of the state, and his constant study of the different methods of handling citrus fruits, Mr. Davis has reached a high rank as a citrus fruit shipper.

Mr. Davis owns a comfortable home at No. 245 North Harvard avenue, Lindsay, where his family, consisting of his wife, formerly Miss Frances Reck, and three children - Lucille, Hazel, and James - reside. Another daughter, Naomi, by his first wife, formerly Miss Ethel Foster, who died in 1913, is married and living in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Davis is a member of Porterville Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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