|Silverton's famous son, Homer Davenport, was an internationally renowned cartoonist in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Homer, left Silverton, fulfilling his desire to become an editorial cartoonist... inspired by his mother's appreciation for the art form.
He was born in the Waldo Hills region south of Silverton on March 8, 1867. He spent much of his early years on GeerCrest Farm, his mother's family's homestead, as well as in Silverton, having moved there with his family at the age of seven or so.
Homer Davenport authored several successful books, including two collections of his cartoons in 1898 and 1900. My Quest of the Arabian Horse (1909) profiled his journey to the desert. The Country Boy (1910) detailed his life growing up in Silverton.
Tragically, Davenport died at the age of 45 to pneumonia. In 1912, he passed away after drawing a series cartoons about the sinking of the Titanic. He is buried in the Silverton Cemetery next to his Father.
His legacy, however, endures. Homer Davenport Days began in Silverton in 1980. Every year since, the celebrations have kept Silverton's young and old alike in high spirits.
|Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival|
Since 1951, Silverton area folks have been enjoying this local tradition. Originally held at the Silverton Hills Grange Hall, we now celebrate in our local Coolidge-McClaine City Park. Held on Fathers Day Sunday, June 18.
2017 Davenport Community Festival
For over 30 years, the town of Silverton has celebrated our favorite son, political cartoonist Homer C. Davenport, with our annual summer festival. Once again, the Silverton Rotary Club steps up to lend its hand in the management of the Homer Davenport Community Festival.
Official 2017 Festival Forms
Do you or your group want to march in Homer's Community Parade? Staff a table in the park to promote your local service club or sell your arts & crafts? Build fancy high-speed home furnishings that you and the neighborhood kids will push down Main Street? Well here is your One-Stop Shop for all the 2016 Festival applications!
Become a Homer Sponsor!
The Homer Davenport Community Festival Board of Directors would like to personally extend an invitation to consider major sponsorship of this hometown event for the coming year. The Homer Davenport Community Festival could not exist without the countless volunteers and sponsors!