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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

Cashup Davis meet and greet set Nov.14


October 31, 2019

Cashup Davis

Portrait of Cashup Davis. A documentary and book are planned to commemorate his life.

A documentary and book are in the works to commemorate and showcase the life of Cashup Davis and assistance is being sought from Whitman County residents who might have information for the project.

A meet and greet for residents to bring in photos, documents, information or stories about Davis will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Perkins House in Colfax.

"He was such an eccentric person," said Jeff Burnside, award-winning investigative reporter.

Burnside will be working alongside Gordy Davis, great-grandson of Cashup Davis, on the project.

The meet and greet will be an opportunity for historical information about Cashup and this area before 1900 to be reviewed by experts and shared with others.

"We have a feeling there is more out there than what has already been found," Burnside said.

Along with Cashup, they are looking for images before 1900 showing the area, farming, etc.

"My personal goal is to take all that's known or been written about Cashup Davis and put it in a form, like this book and film, that can be shared with everyone, forever," Burnside said.

He also mentioned that a goal for this project is to inspire people to look in their attic, basement, barn or elsewhere to find history.

"There may be people out there who have very historically valuable photos, documents or stories and don't know it," Burnside said. "Or aren't motivated to share them or to even look in their grandmother's old boxes of stuff. While they may have no monetary value, they are really important for our history."

A Facebook page - facebook.com/cashupdavis - has been set up for the project.

"It's growing more and more apparent that we need an appropriate permanent place," Burnside said. "It'll require a good chunk of money and security in perpetuity."

Contact Burnside with stories of Cashup or more information call 206-512-6544 or email [email protected]


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