Punxs'y Jeweler J.T. Davis Closes Up Shop

18 Apr 1977

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Punxs'y Jeweler J.T. Davis Closes Up Shop - , A»ril U, H77.-IS /n Business for 52 Years...
, A»ril U, H77.-IS /n Business for 52 Years Punxs'y Jeweler J.T. Davis Closes Up Shop 22 April of all and the By DAVE PUTNAM Guette Staff Writer PUNXSUTAWNEY - J.T. Davis retired the other day. There was no raucous retirement party to mark the occasion, no gold watch or a set of luggage as a retirement gift, no flowery speech or pat on the back from a grateful employer. Instead of going to work one morning, Mr. Davis just stayed home and that marked the Vo-Tech Convention April 19 REYNOLDSVILLE - The annual convention of the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vo-Tech School will be held at the school's facilities here on Tuesday night. April 19. In attendance at the annual meeting will be the Jeff Tech Operating Committee and administration plus all school board members and administrators from the four school districts making up the Jeff Tech s c h o o l . B r o o k v i l l e . DuBois. Brockway and Punxsutawney The convention will open with dinner to be served in the 'cafeteria at 6-30 p.m. The meal will be prepared and served by the food management staff and students of Jeff Tech Following the meal those in attendance will reconvene in the auditorium for the annual reports and the formal adoption of the 1977-78 Jeff Tech budget start of his retirement. There are some noteworthy aspects of this retirement, however, that might warrant mention. For one thing, the retirement of J.T. Davis closed the books on the oldest business establishment in Punxsu- tawnev and one of the oldest in the entire area. It also brought to a close a working career of almost three-quarters of a century. "Jack" Davis started earning a living at an early age. Born in Anita and growing up in Rossiter, he went to work in the coal mines at the age of 12 and from that point on supported himself and later his family until well into his 84th year When he retired because of health reasons. J T. Davis had been in the jewelry business in Punxsutawney for 52 years. He opened his little shop on West Mahoning Street in 1925. Jack Davis' business career was not all smooth sailing Throughout his career he has been burnt out. flooded out twice, robbed three times and assaulted once and saw his son. a partner in his jewelry shop, die in a tragic automobile accident 24 years ago His wife, who also worked in the shop, died nine years ago and since then Mr. Davis has been on his own in his shop. Jack Davis went to work in the mines at the age of 12. not unusual for small mining communities such as Rossiter in those days before child labor laws He worked in the mines for two years before a respiratory ailment forced his early ·'retirement" as a miner. His career as a jeweler was fashioned when he was taught the trade bv an old fellow in J.T. DAVIS ... closes shops Rossiter. In 1914 he opened a small jewelry shop in Rossiter but the next year his shop was destroyed in a fire. He lost everything in that fire but started rebuilding immediately and his new establishment was expanded to include not only a jewelry shop but also a general store and a soda fountain. He also handled the duties of tax collector and mailman out of his establishment and thus became well-known by everyone in the Rossiter area. In 1925 he opened his shop in Punxsutawnev. walking into How Does One Keep Cards Dry? COLUMBIA. Mo. (AP) - A group of students at the University of Missouri-Columbia played poker underwater for 72 hours this weekend, according to a spokesman for the university scuba Club Club safety officer George that town each morning from Rossiter and walking back again, a distance of five miles, in the evening. He made the round trip on foot every business day for over two years before finally moving to Punxsutawney in 1927. where he has made his home ever since. J.T. Davis" retirement this month marked the end of an era in a sense. He was one the last of the real artisans the trade. He made almost every part needed in building a watch and a clock and was considered an expert repairman He will be missed by many persons of the community who regularly stopped at his shop for minor repairs to their eyeglasses With the deaths of his wife and son. Mr Davis' family now consists of two daughters. Tilda and Adair. both residents of Punxsutawney. three grand- c h i l d r e d two great-grandchildren J.T. Davis jewelry shop was a little off the beaten path the Punxsutawney business district and the fact that it is now closed may not have been noticed bv too many persons here As noted. Mr Davis is presently in poor health and he would probably still be in his shop if his health had not demanded an ' early" retirement Members of his family are currently planning to liquidate his inventory and to make sure that watches and clocks that have been brought in for repairs are returned to the owners In a few short months there will probably be tew who will remember the Davis Shop and that in itself will be a little sad because his shop and his skills were a link between today and the vestervear of individual arlistn and commercial enter prise

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 18 Apr 1977, Mon,
  3. Page 35

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