HERMAN’S DAVIS MERCANTILE CO. SAVES 80 RELATIVES IN WWII & SETS THE COURSE FOR GENERATIONS
This store, later called Davis Mercantile Co., became a critical component of Davis Holdings’ and the Davis family’s history. It was this humble enterprise that provided a safe haven for Jewish relatives during WWII, and gave Herman the ability to save over 80 relatives from the holocaust. Secondly, it was Davis Mercantile Co. that drew Herman into the Oil and Gas business, which provided more good fortune than was possible selling wares.
While operating the store, Herman witnessed the wealth of his Native American customers and quickly realized a path to greater success. Using what money he had, Herman began buying and selling pieces of farmland, always retaining half of the mineral rights.