National Geographic : 1926 Jun
cohnDaveri greatcontributionto fmerica John Davey was born in England, June 6, 1846, at a time when there were no public schools. This hardy and humble genius was twenty-one before he knew his A B C's. So he started in as a full grown young man to learn to read by the slow and painful process of self-education. He began with a little copy of the New Testament and a small dictionary, picking out one word at a time. Later he acquired a grammar so that he might put the words together properly, meanwhile study ing horticulture and landscape gardening dur ing a full apprenticeship at Torquay, England. Then he heard the call of America, this great land of freedom and opportunity; and, like millions of other sturdy sons of Europe, he came here to work out his destiny. He pur sued his education still further, working by day and studying by night, until he acquired an education that would do credit to the ma jority of college graduates. Perhaps one of the most striking things about him was the fact that he became one of the finest Americans. He learned every word of our Constitution. He learned every word of every verse of America and the Star Span gled Banner; and, until old age laid its heavy hand upon him, he could sing those songs with a zeal that was good to see. He became a full citizen at the first oppor tunity under our law, and to him it was a sacred day when he raised his right hand and forswore allegiance to the British crown and swore allegiance to the Constitution and the flag of America. And always, during his fifty years of life in his adopted country whenever he passed by Old Glory, he would tip his hat in veneration. John Davey saw with eyes of understanding the appalling neglect and butchery of Amer ica's trees, and he set out to find a way-a systematic, scientific way-to save them, little dreaming that a great business would be de veloped on the science that his love and genius created. And thus came into being the won derful profession of Tree Surgery. His first book, The Tree Doctor, was pub lished in 1901, and then began the gradual development of The Davey Tree Expert Com pany, incorporated in 1909, doing a business of nearly $z,ooo,ooo in 1925, and now having in the field nearly 700 master Tree Surgeons, all carefully selected, thoroughly trained, properly disciplined, and regularly supervised, and giving superior service to the tree owners of America. For twenty years the business of this institution has been managed by his son, Martin L. Davey, whose highest aim has been to perpetuate the ideals and philosophy of his pioneer father. John Davey, though not now living, still lives in the spirit and purpose of the mag nificent service that he rendered his adopted country-he taught the American people to think in terms of the living tree. Greater even than his creation of the in valuable science of Tree Sur gery is his contribution as the apostle of the tree as a living thing. a THE DAVEY TREE EXPERT CO., INC., 403 CITY BANK BLDG., KENT, OHIO Branch offices with telephones: New York, 501 Fifth Ave., phone: Murray Hill 1629; Albany, City Savings Bank Bldg.; Boston, MassachusettsTrust Bldg.; Philadelphia,Land Title Bldg.; Baltimore, American Bldg.; Washing ton, Investment Bldg.; Pittsburgh,331 FourthAve.; Buffalo, 110 FranklinSt.; Cleveland,Hippodrome Bldg.; Detroit, General Motors Bldg.; Cincinnati, Mercantile Library Bldg.; Indianapolis, Fletcher Savings and Trust Bldg.; Chicago, Westminster Bldg.; St. Louis, Arcade Bldg.; Kansas City, Scarritt Bldg.; Minneapolis, Andrus Bldg.; Montreal, InsuranceExchange Bldg.