Born: 1864

Died: October 22, 1920

Married: Olive Demer


Frank J. Davis was the regular guide of the George V. W. Duryee family. In 1901, when the new Duryee camp on Lower Saranac Lake was rented to Samuel Clemens, Davis was assigned to work for the tenant family. 1 Davis was a licensed guide on Lower Saranac Lake from 1893 through 1920. 2

Plattsburgh Sentinel October 29, 1920


The funeral services of Frank J. Davis were held from his late residence, 19 McComb Street, Saranac Lake, and St. Luke's Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Mr. Davis died in the Montreal General Hospital early Friday morning after a brief illness. He was one of the few remaining Adirondack guides and woodsmen of the old type. He was known throughout the Adirondacks as an expert fisherman and hunter and was well liked by all who knew him and came in contact with him. He had a host of friends in this community and the Upper Lake region.

Mr. Davis was born in Dannemora, N. Y., 56 years age. He was the son of Oren T. and Louise Davis, and was a brother of the late Henry Davis. The deceased is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Francis Mullen, of Plattsburgh, and two grandchildren.

Interment was made in Pine Ridge cemetery.



1. Maitland DeSormo, Summers on the Saranacs, p. 219. DeSormo's source was a Davis interview by Bill McLaughlin in the Adirondack Enterprise, July 2, 1960.
2. Charles Brumley, Guides of the Adirondacks, p. 324.