an engraver in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey,
80 years old, will retire on July 15, 1922, after 63 years
of service. Mr. Davis entered the Coast Survey at 17 years
of age; studied engraving for 2 years without pay, and was
then given $15 a month. With a determination to equal in skill
the expert engravers with whom he was associated, he faithfully
practiced on his "pot hooks and hangers" and the lettering
and symbols, cleaned plates, and did the other work allotted
to the young engravers until he finished his 4 years of training.
Since then, with the exception of a few months during the
Civil War when he was connected with a war photographic party,
Mr. Davis has been engaged continuously at chart engraving
in the bureau. He advanced in his art until he was employed
in engraving some of the finest charts of the survey.
His specialty is lettering and sand stipple, but he has also
to his credit some good specimens of topographic engraving.
C&GS Bulletin, 7/1922