Marilyn Banner

Isaac Davis was my maternal grandfather. Born in Russia, he escaped the czar's army and pogroms, emigrating to the United States in the 1890's. Together with his wife Sophia Goldstein Davis, they had 9 children born in the US, 7 girls and 2 boys. Most were raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where I grew up. Isaac was a chicken farmer in Russia and a tailor in St. Louis. He made all the clothes for his children, from complex to simple. He made the cloak-like garments seen here on the panel. The smallest child is my mother Edna. Isaac appears to have had some Mongolian, Siberian, or an Asian/Russian mix of ancestry. His siblings or cousins and a couple of his grandchildren had similar eyes and facial structure. I never knew my grandfather. He had such a kind face - I wish I had known him. Isaac Davis died in St. Louis Missouri at age 67..