Finally we get to my grandfather, Arthur Lee Davis and grandmother, Eva Mae Loving. My mother never talked about her father, no happy recollections or funny anecdotes. He died when I was three years old so if I met him I don't remember him at all. What I do know, or heard from other sources is that he was a hard man and an alcoholic. But, everyone has their story and life events that shape your decisions and character.
I'll begin with my grandfather, Arthur Lee.
Arthur is Born in Dean, Iowa
The city of Dean is an unincorporated community in Appanoose County, Iowa, plattted in 1873. It was named for Henry Clay Dean, the famous Methodist Episcopal preacher, lawyer, orator and author who was a critic of the American Civil War and the Lincoln Adminstration. There are a couple of family connections between the Deans and the Davises. Arthur's uncle Steward Brown Davis was married to Henry Clay's daughter Christiana M. Dean. Steward and Christiana's son, Dr. Charles Morgan Davis, married his 1st cousin, Katherine Dean who was the granddaughter of Henry Clay.
Some time between July and December of 1885 Arthur's parent's moved from Iowa City to Dean. If you look at Dean on Google Maps it is still primarily farm land