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Born in a Mover's Wagon
The story of Bertha's birth as recorded by her mother.

When I was in Missouri after Bertha was borne I was so exposed to the weather in the wagon after they took me & her in out of the cold camp weather I coughed so bad the doctor said I had TB but we stayed there 3 weeks. Dr. Dice told Mr. Davis to travel with me & if that dident do any good nothing would. I was so weak & run down I could hardly walk to the wagon & they had to lead me. After we left there I began to get better. The doctor had the news editor to put a piece in the paper about us & they sent the piece back to Illinois. We dident know nothing about it till we got to Kansas & Milt Ellsworth got a hold of it. He got it off Hattie Whitten. She had got it in the paper I believe. Anyhow we got it & we were surprised. This is the piece the editor put in:

Bit of humanity arrived on this old earth under canvas in a driving rain. The Savior of the world was born in a manger so the Bible story tells, yet he arrived here under more comfortable circumstances than did little Miss Davis whose birthday was ushered in by a driving storm of rain and whose eyes first saw the light of day in a movers covered wagon standing by the side of the road. J.D. Davis with his wife and four children is moving from the bluffs of Montgomery County Illinois to the sunny plains of Kansas.

He reached Utica last Sunday night and stopped near Milt Doty's in the east part of town, in the early morning hours. Dr. Dice received a hurried call and just as the gray of the morning was overcast by a storm of wind and rain a ten pound baby girl was born in the wagon while the rain beat in under the canvas and soaked the edges of the rude bed on which Mrs. Davis lay. The spot where the wagon stood was just at the side of the public road leading to Chillicothe. On account of the rain it was impossible to remove the woman to a dry place until late in the evening when Milt Doty gave the family the use of a room in his house and they were placed in comfortable quarters. Mrs. Hattie Anderson, Mrs. Doty and other neighbors lent willing assistance and the woman is now doing nicely in spite of her exposure.

The family will remain here two or three weeks.

Copied from the news on June 13, 1915- Hattie A. Davis