Glendale, California Biographies

Len C. Davis

Len C. Davis, who is President of the Grand View Memorial Park, is an Englishman by birth. He was born in Birmingham, March 5, 1880, a son of Wilfred and Emily (Hunt) Davis. The family came to America, in 1885, and settled in Providence, Rhode Island. Wilfred Davis was a manufacturing and wholesale jeweler. The subject of this review is a high school graduate. He remained under the parental roof and worked for his father until he was twenty years of age when he went to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and was in the employ of the W. H. Elliot Co. for eight years. He then came to Los Angeles and was a contractor and builder for ten years, building many apartment houses and residences, in later years erecting on an average of about fifteen buildings a year. In 1919 he bought the Grand View Cemetery from the Grand View Cemetery Association, a thirty-acre tract at Grand View and Glendale Road, and formed what is now known as the Grand View Memorial Park, Inc. Of this he is President and Manager. Improvements to the park, totaling many thousands of dollars, have been made, making it thoroughly modern and very beautiful. The American Legion Posts of Los Angeles County have purchased a plot in which 11,000 interments can be made, and the N. P. Banks Post, G. A. R., has also bought a plot 515 feet in length. In the near future a million dollar mausoleum is to be built which will be one of the largest in the country and will contain 1600 crypts. A crematory will also be built.

Mr. Davis is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Sunset Country Club and the Glendale Credit Menís Association. Fraternally, he belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. At Los Angeles, July 11, 1905, Mr. Davis married Clara Ross, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two sons, Leonard, nine years old and Milton, born in February 1922.††††††

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. p. 454-455. A photograph of Len C. Davis appears on page 454.