Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Davis, William

Born in Detroit, Davis devised a newer and greater refrigerator car based on J.B. Sutherland’s design, which could ship beef and poultry consistently across the United States in 1868.  Davis’ boxcar included metal racks to hang the meat over a concoction of ice and salt.  Davis owned and operated a fish market near George Hammond’s meat market in Detroit.  Davis sold the refrigerated car patent to George Hammond after not being able to sell his refrigeration invention to financial bakers.

Written by Stacy Newman