from The History of Hendricks County (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914)--pages 555-556
Success in what are properly termed the learned professions is a legitimate result of merit and painstaking endeavor. In commercial lines one may come into possession of a lucrative business through inheritance or gift, but professional advancement is gained only by critical study and consecutive research. It has only been within the last few years that special attention has been paid to the diseases of live stock, but now there are scores of colleges which have special chairs devoted to diseases of horses, cattle, swine, etc. In large cities there are men who do nothing else but minister to canine ills, and feline doctors who cater only to the special diseases of cats. Dr. Emmett T. Davis has the honor of occupying the first chair in any veterinary college in the United States on diseases of swine. The study of equine diseases has only recently been reduced to a scientific standard and gradually scientists are classifying and describing the treatment for diseases of domestic animals of all kinds. There is no greater preventive of disease which has a wider use today than the serum which is being manufactured by Dr. Davis & Son for the prevention of hog cholera. This remedy has proven of inestimable value to the farmers of the United States.
Dr. Emmett T. Davis was born in 1868 in Belleville, Indiana. His parents were David W. and Amanda (Newby) Davis. The father of David Davis was born in North Carolina and came to Indiana Territory before 1816, and as soon as the United States government acquired what is known as the New Purchase in central Indiana, he entered one thousand acres of land in what is now known as Hendricks County. David W. Davis and wife were the parents of four children: Alva Eugene, Arthur M., Emmett T. and Evon B. David Davis, who was born in Hendricks County, and here followed farming, is now living near the gulf coast in Alabama.
Doctor Davis received his elementary education in the common schools of his county and early in life became interested in the diseases of animals, particularly the diseases of horses and hogs, and has made it his life work, specializing upon the diseases of swine. For many years he was the leading practitioner in his line in central Indiana and when the Indiana Veterinary College was established at Indianapolis, the chairs of swine diseases and diseases of cattle and their treatment was created for his occupancy. A serum, which he has produced after many years of experimenting, for the prevention of hog cholera, has made his name known throughout the United States by men who are interested in the raising of swine. He has associated with him in his practice his sons, Dr. LaRue and Roger. However, he devotes a great deal of time as an instructor in the veterinary college at Indianapolis and to the manufacture of the hog cholera serum. He has a well-equipped hospital where the best of care is given to hogs, cattle, horses and other animals.
Doctor Davis was married August 18, 1889, to Clarice Deacon, the daughter of John and Catherine (Larue) Deacon. His wife was born January 3, 1869, in Shelby County, Indiana. She came to this county with her parents when she was a small child. Mr. and Mrs. Davis has two children, Larue, who is following in the footsteps of his father and is already recognized as an expert in the diseases of animals, was born January 13, 1890, and was married on October 28, 1911, to Hortense Reeder, who died ten months later. Roger, the second son of Doctor and Mrs. Davis, is studying in the Indiana Veterinary College, and will join the firm of Emmett T. Davis & Son upon his graduation.
Politically, Doctor Davis is a Progressive; fraternally, is a Mason, Odd Fellow and Red Man, while his religious affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal Church.