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Sade M. Taylor Davidson 1854-1935


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/21/2011 at 17:22:57

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sadie Davidson Held This Morning
After a long illness caused by a fracture of the hip, Mrs. Sadie M. Davidson passed away last Monday morning at the home of her nurse, Mrs. Weldon Moore.

Mrs. Davidson and her daughter came to Estherville from their home in Minneapolis last August for a visit at the W. E. Bradley home. Soon after their arrival Mrs. Davidson fell and injured her hip. She was in the Coleman hospital for several months and was not long ago taken to the Moore home. Complications set in and as a result she passed away last Monday morning.

Mrs. Davidson was born in Iowa City May 26, 1854, and spent her girlhood days in that city. She was united to H. H. Davidson, who had been a law student in 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson made their home in Marble Rock and in 1886 they moved to this city. Mr. Davidson became superintendent of the schools. He later established the high school.

Mrs. Davidson was librarian in the library in this city from 1901 to 19018 when she and her daughter, who was in the schools in Minneapolis, moved there to make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Davidson did much to mold the lives of many of the early youth of Estherville being connected with the schools for many years. After Mr. Davidsonís death Mrs. Davidson became beloved by many for her competent work as librarian and her genial ways in conducting the business.

The funeral services were held from the Bradley home on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Arthur Bailey officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery beside those of her husband. She is survived by a daughter, Lois, who was injured by a fall a short time ago when on her way to Estherville to visit her mother. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, May 8, 1935)

Developed Our Library
Much of the success of our Estherville public library is due to the efforts of Mrs. Sade Davidson who was its librarian from 1901 to 1918 and who served as a member of the library board prior to that year. Her memory is dear to hundreds of school children and citizen of the town who were patrons of the institution during those years as well as to her social and church associates during the many years that Estherville was her home.

Born in Iowa City
Mrs. Davidson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor, was born May 26, 1854, at Iowa City. She lived at that place until her marriage in 1878 to Hamilton Davidson. Following their marriage they made their home at Marble Rock coming to Estherville in 1886. Mr. Davidson was superintendent of the local school for many years and was later elected as county superintendent. He passed away in November, 1908.
After Mrs. Davidsonís resignation from the librarianship in 1918 she moved to Minneapolis to make her home with her only daughter, Miss Lois Davidson, a teacher and at the present time a librarian in the Minneapolis schools.

It was while on a visit together with her daughter at the Dr. W. E. Bradley home last August that the aged lady slipped and broke her hip. The accident because of her years was especially serious. The break healed and she was able to leave the hospital for the home of Mrs. Moore, her nurse. She became gradually weaker, however, and passed away in her sleep, Monday morning.

Funeral Tomorrow
Funeral rites will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at ten oíclock at the Bradley home. Dr. A. G. Bailey will be in charge with the interment in the family lot in Oak Hill cemetery.

Besides the daughter two sister, Mrs. L. S. Naftzgar of Wichita, Kans., and Mrs. N. L. Piper of Los Angeles, Calif., and two brothers, C. B. Taylor of Cedar Rapids and G. E. Taylor of Moline, Ill., survive. Of these, Mrs. Naftzger and C. B. Taylor will be able to attend the services. Others expected are Mrs. M. H. Taylor, a sister-in-law and daughter of Iowa City, and a brother-in-law and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Davidson of Allison. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, May 7, 1935)

Miss Lois Davidson returned Thursday night to her home in Minneapolis. She had been here during the last illness and since the death of her mother, Mrs. Sade Davidson, May 4. Miss Davidsonís aunt, Mrs. L.S. Naftzgar of Wichita Falls, Kans., who had been here for the funeral went to Minneapolis with her and will assist in getting settled. Miss Davidson is still on crutches from a broken hip. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, May 14, 1935)


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