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ID: I490
Sex: M
Birth: 29 AUG 1896  3296 Friends Creek Twp., Macon Co., Il  
Death: 10 OCT 1935  3301 Decatur, Macon Co., IL  
Burial: 13 OCT 1935  3297 Maroa Twp. Cemetery, Macon Co., IL  
Parents: Davenport, William Asbury, Parkhurst, Sarah Cordia Ann
Picture of Omer from the Decator Review article covering his murder.
 
Omer led quite a remarkable, yet unfortunately short, life.  He was a major in the US Army Reserve, commander of First Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois National Guard and was an expert rifleman.  He also taught school in Macon County for seven years, and was the youngest police chief of Decatur from 1924 to 1927.

He later worked for the Wabash Railroad as a railroad detective.  It was in this capacity that he was shot and killed by two itinerants attempting to hop a train at the Morgan Street crossing in Decatur.  His murderers have never been found.

According to his granddaughter, Michele Davenport Villafana, 17May2001:

"He was a Policeman (as was my father) in Illinois (I think he may have even been the Police Chief or something like that - someone from back east sent me some info on this a few months ago, again, I will have to look for it).  He was shot in the neck or throat down by the railroads I think.  There was a surgeon back in 1935 that practiced in California that could probably have saved my grandfather's life but he was in IL.  I know that my father does not remember much of his father (my dad was only three years old).  My aunt was 7 years old and she remembered him a little - but I can't remember what it was she told me about her father.  My Uncle John was about 9 years old.  He probably remembers his father alot.  My Uncle Bob was 14 years old.  I don't even remember what he said about Omer.   I may recall some things later.  Bits and pieces come back now and then."

Omer suffered no ill effects from his bout with polio in 1904.  May not have contracted it.
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ID: F215
Spouse: Baldis, Mary Margaret
Marriage: 26 JUL 1919  Decatur, Macon Co., IL  
Sex: F
Birth: 26 JUL 1895  Blue Mound Twp., Macon Co., IL  
Death: 02 APR 1979  San Diego, San Diego Co., CA  
Children
 
No. Sibling Sex Birth Death
1.
 John Scott DavenportJohn Scott Davenport has 4 children.
MABT 1924 521   
2.
 Robert Warren DavenportRobert Warren Davenport has 6 children.
MAPR 1921 520   
3.
 William Burton DavenportWilliam Burton Davenport has 2 children.
M15 JAN 1924 566 14 DEC 1998 567 
4.
 Julianna Davenport
MNOV 1928   
5.
 Richard Arden DavenportRichard Arden Davenport has 2 children.
M19 MAY 1932 22 DEC 1996 
 

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