Charles David's Sons
Charles David, Sr
1873 - 1958
Four Generations of Community Service
Quality lasts a long time—which is why Charles David's Sons, Inc. has been in business since 1895. For over a century generations of local families have depended on this mainstay business in the heart of downtown Watertown, Wisconsin.
The store was originally established as a paint store and painting contractor by Charles David, grandfather of present owner John David. Born in Watertown, John worked in his father’s store as a teenager before leaving to attend Indiana University. He taught U.S. history at Watertown High School for several years before joining the family business in 1972. He also served as mayor of Watertown from 2001-2007.
David, Sr., 85, founder of the Charles David's Sons paint and decorating store
David, who was one of the city's most widely known business men, founded the
store 61 years ago and until recent years was active in its operation. He was born in Watertown on
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harry Manning, route 2, Juneau; three sons, Alvin, Milwaukee, and Charles and Paul David who now operate the family business in Watertown. There are 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. There is one sister, Mrs. Joseph Nimm, Route 6.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Leona Manning, and a sister, Miss Mary David. Mr. David was a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society and the Plattdeutscher Verein.
As a business man Mr. David followed a high code of ethics. He was a man of Christian principles and high ideals. Despite his advancing years he continued to take an interest in the business and visited the store frequently. He had many friends throughout the area. He had numerous hobbies, among them nature and a love for the great outdoors.
The funeral will take place from the Boyle Funeral Home with services in St. Henry's Church, the Very Rev. A. J. Herrmann officiating. Interment in St. Henry's Cemetery.
The parish and Ushers Society rosary will be said at the funeral home. The Holy Name Society will join in the rosary Wednesday evening and will hold its regular meeting after that. WDT
David's Sons Inc. will celebrate the grand opening of its remodeled facilities
from Saturday, April 19, through Saturday, April 26. Specials will be offered and door prizes will
be given. The business, located at
11 21 Charles David's Sons Inc has been named one of the top 100 art gallery and custom frame shop companies in the country by Decor Magazine.
Every year Decor, a major art and framing trade publication, hosts its Top 100 Art and Framing Retailers Award contest, which is sponsored by Tru Vue, the leading supplier of picture framing glass products. The contest is designed to recognize the most successful retailers in the art and framing industry.
This marks the first time Charles David's Sons received this honor, said Nora David, an employee with the company. Besides David, Yvonne Werth and Jennifer Wolfe are the other employees who work in the framing department for Charles David's Sons. David has been a nationally certified picture framer for about 10 years. WDT
Irene Michelt [1910-2003] had been employed as a bookkeeper at Charles David's Sons.
History of Watertown, Wisconsin