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OH008 William G. Davis Oral History

William G. Davis Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH008

Interviewee: Davis, William G., 1892-

Interviewer: Bill Peyton

Date interviewed: September 25, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: January 19, 2009

Description: 1 sound disc (45 minutes)

Abstract: William G. Davis recollects about how he started in the tobacco business when he was young man. He discusses the First World War and the part he played in the conflict. He spoke about different travels within and outside of the United States. He explains how he entered the ministry and the decisions he made to become a minister. He also spoke about the discrimination he experienced.

Biographical / Historical note: William G. Davis was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1892. His parents were John Henry and Minnie Davis. He moved to Paducah, Kentucky when he left the tobacco business. Davis was drafted into the army and received basic training at Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He was present at Camp Murray in New Jersey during the race riot. He was in the 369th Infantry Regiment of the old 15th New York Regiment while in France Following the war he attended a bible school in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:


Camp Taylor

Louisville, Kentucky

Paducah, Kentucky

Camp Murray, New Jersey

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

369th Infantry Regiment

Research Notes: Includes transcription of the interview.