In 1854, Adolph Davis and his wife Johanna B. (Sommerfield) Davis bore their first child in what, at that time, was still very much part of the frontier: Cincinnati, Ohio. The couple would eventually have five children. Adolph was an entrepreneur, founding a cigar company named A. Davis, Sons & Co. in 1872. The company, like the family, grew and he eventually opened up a second outpost in Columbus, Ohio.
The family was quite well-knit, quick to send letters back and forth when any one of them traveled from home. Chief among those who did was the family’s oldest, Charles K. Davis, who along with his younger brother Max traveled the world over.