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Hamilton H. Davidson, 1849-1908


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 8/15/2010 at 17:46:44


H. H. Davidson Died at His Home Friday Morning.


Had Been Sick Several Weeks--Prominent Citizen of Estherville--Funeral Monday

H. H. Davidson, after several weeks sickness, died at his home on north Sixth street Friday morning at ten o'clock, of cancer of the stomach. His death was not entirely unexpected as he had been in serious condition for some time. At the time of his death he was fifty-nine years of age and had been a resident of Estherville for twenty-two years, ten years of which he was superintendent, but for the past six years had devoted his time to the practice of law under the firm name of Myerly & Davidson. By his death Estherville has lost another good citizen. He had been prominent among our business and professional men for many years. He had his peculiar ways but everybody liked him. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness, is following in the footsteps of his Master. His last words were expressive of peace in God and a willingness to depart and be at rest with Him. His cheerful, helpful life; his devotion to his wife and family and kindness to everybody will long linger as a fragrant memory in the home which his presence brightened and which death has now darkened. Though he is gone his record has been made and will remain with us as a lasting treasure. His life was gentle but like the still waters it was deep. In his heart of hearts he carried those he loved, and his hand was never weary, his step never failed in caring for and ministering to those who were in any way dependent upon him. Deceased was born in Venango county, Pa., on Sept. 27, 1849. He came to Iowa in 1865 and located with his parents at Washington, Iowa. He attended the academy at Washington and later the State University at Iowa City, graduating in law in 1874 with Ex.-Gov. Frank D. Jackson as a member of his class. He practiced law for a short time but soon returned to school work. He was superintendent of Floyd county. He was married to Sadie M. Taylor, September 3, 1878, at Iowa City. His wife and one daughter, Lois Craig, survive him, also his father, John Davidson, of Bedford, Iowa, who is now 85 years of age, and five brothers and four sisters. The brothers are J. W. Davidson, York, Neb.; A. B. and F. E. Davidson, Bedford, Iowa; A.V. Davidson, Denver, Colo.; and W. T. Davidson, Hamburg, Iowa. The sisters are Mrs. W. B. Myers and Mrs. Russell Davis, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. E. D. Hoover, Bedford, Iowa and Mrs. C. A. Allcott, Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge and also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church where the funeral was held on Monday afternoon. The Masonic order had charge of the services in Oak Hill Cemetery where burial was made. The members of the local bar were pall bearers.

Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; December 2, 1908.


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