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Anna Davidson, 1828-1926

DAVIDSON, ANDERSON, EDWINSON

Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 7/10/2009 at 21:08:28

ELDERLY LADY PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY

Mrs. Anna Davidson Died at the Home of Her Daughter

NINETY-EIGHT YEARS OLD

Had Lived In This County For Half a Century—Funeral Held Yesterday

Mrs. Anna Davidson, one of Emmet county’s oldest women passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Anderson, on south Eighth street, Saturday afternoon at 5:00 o'clock. Mrs. Davidson had been in good health up until the time of her death. She came down from the upstairs Saturday morning and ate her breakfast as usual and after breakfast went back up to her room. At dinner time she declined to eat dinner as she said she was not feeling well. About 3:00 o'clock Mrs. Anderson brought her a sandwich and a cup of coffee which she ate and seemed to enjoy. A short time afterwards when Mrs. Anderson again went up to her room she found her dead. Mrs. Davidson would have been ninety-eight years of age on September 8th. Her family seems to have a record for long living. Her mother was past a hundred years when she died and she had a brother in Norway who is ninety-one years of age but who is still in good health. A sister residing in Bristol, So. Dak., is ninety-four years of age. Ann Edwinson was born in Norway September 8, 1828. She came to the United States in 1853 and settled near Madison, Wis. In 1854 she was united in marriage with H. A. Davidson and they continued to make their home near Madison until 1876 when they came to Emmet county. It was fifty years ago on July 5th since they came here to reside. They settled on a farm near Estherville until 1901 when Mr. Davidson passed away and Mrs. Davidson came to Estherville to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Martin Anderson, where she has since resided. Mrs. Davidson has always been one of the kindest and sweetest women that it was possible to meet. For a woman of her years she has been extremely active and has always been known for her charity and helpfulness. She was a kind and thoughtful mother and was a companion to her husband in his years of hardship as well as in times of plenty. At the time they came to this county, it was in the process of being settled and the hardships that Mrs. Davidson endured at times seemed almost unendurable. But she was always willing to sacrifice and give up to those in need. While yet a young lady she was confirmed in the faith of the Lutheran church and she has remained true to this faith throughout her entire life. She was a great reader and spent a great deal of her time in this occupation during her later years. It seems a great consolation to know that after a person has lived a long useful life as has Mrs. Davidson that they should be permitted to pass quietly from this world to a happier place without enduring the slightest suffering. Mrs. Davidson is survived by three children, one daughter, Mrs. J. C. Paulson, of Emmetsburg, having preceded her in death. One brother, Mandruf Edwinson, has also preceded her in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Martin Anderson, and A. H. Davidson, both of this city and David Davidson, of Los Angeles, Calif. The latter was unable to attend the funeral services. One brother and one sister also survive the deceased. The funeral services were held at the Estherville Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. L. A. Mathre in charge. Interment was made in the High Lake cemetery where the mother and husband of the deceased are buried. The many friends of the family of this esteemed old lady will extend their sympathy in their hours of sorrow.

Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; August 18, 1926.


 

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