Reading early issues of the Dixon Tribune at the Dixon Public Library I came onto a December 4, 1874 article titled “Davisville” that I reproduce in this post.
An unsigned profile of the town in that year, we do not know that everything reported in it is true. But we do know that aspects of Davisville we know about from other sources are described correctly. So, I think we can have reasonable confidence in the accuracy of assertions made here not documented in other sources.
Of particular note is the building of the “Solano Bill” Dresbach “mansion” still standing at the southeast corner of 2nd and E Streets. It’s year of construction has been uncertain, but this report places it in the winter of 1874-75.
To increase readability, I have segmented the original text and inserted large captions
LOCATION AND POPULATION
CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS