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Warford Davis, Local Track Star

John Warford Davis as photographed by Richard M. Bloomer c. 1920 <Richard M. Bloomer Glass Plate Negative Collection, Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library>

John Warford Davis (1903-1989) was born in North Granville, Washington County, NY on 17 March 1903 to John Boyd Davis (1862-1926) and Ann nee Hall Davis (1874-1960). In the 1915 census he and his parents were living in Kingsbury, Washington County, NY with his sister Mary Hall Davis aged 13, and brother William H. Davis aged 4. Warford, as he was referred to in all of the Post-Star newspaper articles about him, graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1921 and attended Union College in Schenectady, NY where he ran track.

Warford Davis wins two events for Union College as reported 8 May 1922 in The Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY)

Warford married Dillaye Riendeau* (1910-1982) on 14 July 1934 in East Rockaway, Long Island. The couple continued to reside on Long Island, NY where they raised two daughters Dillaye Edwina Davis and Shelley Hall Davis. John Warford and his wife, Dillaye, were buried in Cutchogue Cemetery, Cutchogue, Suffolk County, NY.

This portrait (1 of 4) of J. Warford Davis is part of the Richard M. Bloomer Glass Plate Negative collection which contains roughly 5,000 negatives of local people, many unidentified. As the negatives are scanned, they are added to a database available to the public in the Folklife Center. Please stop by to look through the database and view the exhibition Life Through Bloomers Lens through June 30, 2022. Help us identify more folks!

To see previous posts about the Bloomer collection, click the links below.

*Sources are conflicting as to whether her birth name is Roberta Dillaye or Dillaye Roberta.



Resources used to write this post include,,, as well as Glens Falls city directories, & the biographical vertical files held in the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.


Tisha Dolton is Historian/Librarian at The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY and can be reached at Her areas of research are suffrage music, suffragists of Warren and Washington Counties, local minority populations, and hand embroidery/needlework.

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