Newland DeVault reported:
"One of my early rememberances is of going over to "Uncle Alf" for dinner with my grandparents; and seeing them at the "Old Settlers Reunion" at New Florence, with tables full of food and visitors having a hard time deciding with whom to eat. "The Old Settlers Reunion" was to me a wonderland of food, fun and exitement. He was appointed Deputy Sheriff by his brother-in-law, David Knox, later appointed to the same office by Sheriff Gregory and after 1874 serving two terms as Sheriff. He later resumed farming - his farm consisting of 135 acres - a part of the old Peter Davault homestead -- also raised stock. They were Methodists."
Old Settlers Association, Montgomery County, Missouri, Sixth Reunion, August 6, 1887
Thomas J. Powell's grove 1/2 mile west of New Florence, Alfred Davault elected Vice-President.
Old Settlers Association, Montgomery County, Missouri, Eighth Reunion, August 3, 1889
Alfred Davault elected Vice-President.
Old Settlers Association, Montgomery County, Missouri, Tenth Reunion, August 1, 1891
Alfred Davault elected to Board of Directors
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Montgomery Standard, May 13, 1904
A few nights ago a young cyclone struck in the vicinity of Alf Davault's farm. Fences were laid down like straws. At Mr. Davault's the bay window was damaged and the family very much frightened.
MONTGOMERY STANDARD, MONTGOMERY CITY MO; Apr 20 1923; microfilm; State Historical Soc. of MO, Columbia MO:
Celebrates 81 Birthday
Alf Davault of near New Florence was 81 years old Saturday, April 14, and to celebrate the occasion a birthday supper was given at the home of his daughter, Mrs.. M. G. Lavender, in that city, some thirty relatives and friends being present. Mr. Davault was born and raised within a half mile of New Florence. He is a prominent Democrat and has held both state and county offices. We congratulate him on attaining this ripe old age.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Montgomery Standard, Montgomery City, Missouri, April 27, 1923
Saturday evening, April 14, 1923, about 30 invited guests assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Lavender, in this city, the occasion being a compliment to the hostess's father, Mr. Alfred Davault, on his 81st birthday. Mr. Davault is one of the oldest native born residents of this place; he was born and raised less than one-half mile from town, on the Boonslick road where his parents, who were early pioneers from Kentucky (sic) pre-empted a large tract of land south of town and founded the Davault Tavern on the Boonslick Trail. Later they remodeled it into a modern country home, where they spent the remainder of their lives and raised a large family of children. Mr. J. U. Knox, a grandson, now resides there and recently a D.A.R. marker has been placed by "the old tavern site". Mr. Davault is the only one of the family who remains in this vicinity. He now resides on his farm adjoining town, which he has owned for nearly 60 years. His wife, formerly Miss Lizzie Gardner, of this place, is the presiding genius of his well appointed home, where a smile and a warm welcome awaits all comers. They have 6 children, all of whom are honored and esteemed members of society and are filling useful positions in life.
Mr. Davault still retains his usual activities and devotes much time to his church and the I.O.O.F., where he is always found holding a prominent official position, and is a favorite teacher in the Sunday School. He is a prominent Democrat and served both state and county well for many years. He delights to spend much time and effort in his garden and among his fruits and flowers, and enjoys hunting and fishing.
All of the family with the exception on one son, Alfred, Jr., who is employed in the far west, were present to enjoy the evening with him. After much pleasant conversation and jolly games all were invited to the dining room where the lights were unespectedly switched off. In a moment the two little grandsons, Davault Nunnelly and Harold Lavender, appeared in the doorway bearing between them a daintily appointed tray laden with a large glistening white angle food cake wreathed in fragrant spring blossoms and brightly adorned with 81 lighted candles; quickly they crossed the room and presented it to Grandpa as his birthday gift. Dainty refreshments were then served by the hostess, assisted by Misses Lillian and Edith Davault and Mrs. H. H. Davault; later the little ones present were the center of attraction, and all enjoyed the beautiful songs rendered by Miss Edith Davault with Mrs. Lavender at the piano.
At a late hour, after wishing Mr. Davault many more long years brightened with warm friendships, sweet music, fragrant flowers and good things to eat, the guests departed, thanking Mr. and Mrs. Lavender for a very delightful evening.
Those attending were Mr. and Mrs Alfred Davault, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knox, Mr. and Mrs. J. U. Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knox, Elmer Duebbert and family, Ad Bishop and family, Howard Nunnelly and family, Herbert Davault and wife, P. A. Davis and wife, Mrs. Fannie Davault, Mrs. Angie Pemberton, Miss Martha Knox, Misses Lillian and Edith Davault, William Knox, Jr.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Montgomery County Leader, about August 1932:
In our last we mentioned the New Florence fishing party on Loutre opposite Capt. Callaway’s grave. Later, on their return, they called to see the Old Mule and have some little matters adjusted, which we took under advisement for a few days. Being acquainted with all parties we have tried not to assess penalties above what they are able to stand. Of course, Alf Davault, being the main aggressor, his fine is a little heavy. As he was the last one to get hold of the jug, consequently there was nothing left for the rest, until the good woman said, “divide up, or you won’t be able to get home.” So he is assessed two days work on the public road and two days work on the streets of New Florence, or else apologize to the members of the fishing party.
M F See, for trying to hook a boy’s fishing tackle and informing on others, is assessed at three days hard work on the public road, and also to see that the boy’s hook is kept baited next time. William H. Knox was accused of being too quiet, consequently, he must furnish a double portion of grub for the next fishing party. As it seems that Jno. U. Knox appropriated to his own use more than his proportion of the rations, it is adjudged that at no distant day he must provide a dinner for the party and invite all to partake, including The Old Mule. Dr. W. A. Crockett has two charges against him. He is charged with smuggling some of the women’s garments, also that he bunked with G. Pitman Smith, he woke up one morning to find the Col.’s head tied up in a red handkerchief, and thinking he was a woman, he tried to kiss him. His assessment is that he apologize to the party and set up the cigars and lemonade. While Col. Smith was rather talkative about the objections to the red cap, we assess his punishment as follows: That being an attorney he must see that all the above judgments are carried out to the letter.
Missouri Newspaper Death Index; Internet, Ancestry.com; NOTE:
Alfred Devault b 14 Apr 1842 d 17 Mar 1932 reported 25 Mar 1932 in Montgomery City Standard.
Audrain County, Missouri Obituaries from the Mexico MO "Intelligencer", 1930-1942; Internet, Ancestry.com;
NOTE: DaVault, Alfred b. 14 Apr 1842 * mt died 16 Mar 1932.
APR. 14, 1842
MAR. 17, 1932.