Updated: 02 October 2010
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Descendants of Charles Crane Davis & Gladys Tetzel Moulton. They had a son, C. Moulton Davis (31 Aug 1910 - 14 Sep 1981) and Louise Sykes (1907 - ).
Twin Cities Industrialist C. Moulton Davis Dies
Herald Palladium 15 Sept 1981)
C. Moulton Davis, a prominent Twin Cities industrialist and businessman who retired about a year ago, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. He was 71 years old.
Mr. Davis, who lived at 618 Main St. in St. Joseph, was a former owner of Benton Electronic Supply Inc. He was also an athletic star and noted local historian.
He was born Aug. 31, 1910, the son of the late Charles C. Davis, a co-founder of the old St. Joseph Iron Works, and Gladys Moulton, several of whose family members distinguished themselves in Michigan and nationwide newspaper editing.
A graduate of St. Joseph high school in 1928, the younger Davis was a class B champion in the 100-yard dash. His best time was 10.3 seconds in a day when most physiologists and track coaches predicted 10 seconds would be the ultimate speed for that length sprint. He captained the St. Joseph team in his senior year.
Upon graduation he enrolled at the University of Michigan where he was the mainstay for the Wolverines in the 100- and 220-yard dashes. The only person he failed to defeat in collegiate competition was Ohio State's standout, Eddie Tolan, who eventually starred for the U.S. in the early 1930s Olympics.
Following graduation from college, Mr. Davis returned to St. Joseph to become manager of the St. Joseph-Mullen Container Corporation, a subsidiary of St. Joseph Machines. The firm produced waxed paper containers for lard, butter and other food products then sold at retail primarily in bulk form.
The St. Joseph-Mullen investors sold the business to Potlatch Industries in the 1950s and shortly thereafter Mr. Davis bought Benton Harbor Electronics, a wholesaler of electronic equipment and supplies. He retired fully from that operation slightly over a year ago.
Mr. Davis was an early day member of the Twin City Players, holding several lead roles in that group's initial productions in the 1930s.
As a historian of St. Joseph lore, he was in great demand as a speaker for local historical gatherings.
Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Sykes, one son, David of Naperville, Ill., and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Kerley and Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph, where friends may call today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Maud Preston Palenske Library, St. Joseph.
In Memory Of
Charles Moulton Davis
August 31, 1910
St. Joseph, Michigan
Date of Death
September 14, 1981
St. Joseph, Michigan
Kerley & Starks Chapel
September 16, 1981
Father Gerald Skillicorn
Final Resting Place
St. Joseph, Michigan
Moulton Davis Made The Day Much Better
It was the Marines, we believe, who popularized the truism that nobody lives forever.
Capt. John W. Thomason, Jr., if memory serves us correctly, first coined the phrase in his bvook, "Fix Bayonets," a personal recall of the Corps' participation in World War I.
In a sector of Belleau Wood engagement, a Marine detachment under orders to charge at a specified hour was pinned down by a murderous fusillade from their enemy. Twice they refused their sargeant's order to charge the redoubt sheltering the machine gun nest pouring in a steady fire.
Exasperated beyond endurance the sergeant leaped atop his parapet and shames his men into action by shouting at them, "Come on, you _____. Do you want to live forever?"
Since then the phrase has continued to denote a feeling of sadness upon the passing of a person who in his lifetime meant so much to his friends and acquaintances.
It is in that context we feel moved to write these few lines in appreciation for Charles Moulton Davis whose final rites are being held today.
Hardly anyone ever called him by his first name. From childhood he went by Moulton throughout the St. Joseph community and by Moultie among his close friends.
Though a successful businessman in adulthood, he was not a captain of industry as that term is generally understood.
He was not a joiner. Neither was he up front and center on the rosters of a string of civic organizations
Quantitatively speaking, he did not fit the mold of what commonly defines a leading citizen.
Rather, Moultie carved out a qualitative niche to earn that accolade.
Two characteristics shone forth from this lifelong resident of St. Joseph.
He had a finely tuned perception of what was the sure path or the false trail to attaining a desired result.
His analysis of a given situation as it might affect his home town frequently found him in a minority position, but never in the years we knew him did he fall over the wrong side of the fence.
Added to that was a sense of humor which is difficult to capture for the reader.
One had to know the man to appreciate that uncommon gift.
In sum, Moultie's contribution was in livening the day for those around him at any given time.
Small wonder it is so many St. Joseph people felt stunned upon learning of his death this past Monday noon hour.