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Anna Edwinson Davidson 1828-1926


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 7/8/2013 at 01:19:31

Pioneer Lady, 98 Years Old Passes Away Suddenly
Mrs. Anna Davidson Had Resided in Emmet County for Fifty Years
Mrs. Anna Davidson, 98 years old, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Anderson, on Saturday afternoon. Her death was unexpected. Up until that morning she had been in her usual good health but on rising that day had stated that she did not wish for breakfast and had gone back to bed. At noon she still was without an appetite and at three her daughter took her coffee and sandwiches which she ate. When the daughter came back shortly after this she found her peaceful in her last sleep.

Mrs. Davidson’s life had been as beautiful as her passing. She was born in Ulveg, Hardanger, Norway, on September 8, 1828, coming to America with her mother in 1853 and locating at Lodi, Wisconsin. The next year she was married to H.A. Davidson who had come to this country in 1849. They resided in Wisconsin until 1876 when they came to Iowa and Emmet county. The nearest railroad at that time was the Milwaukee at Algona. During the summer of 1876 thy farmed in High Lake township but during the winter moved to Emmetsburg as there were no schools in High Lake for the four children to attend. Later they purchased the farm known as the Inman farm where they lived until the husband did on April 20th, 1901. Since then Mrs. Davidson had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Anderson.

Two sons also survive their mother, David H. of Los Angeles, Cal., and A.H. Davidson of Estherville. A second daughter, Mrs. Mary Paulson, passed away seven years ago in Emmetsburg. There are also seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Although living almost twenty years longer than is the lot of the average person, Mrs. Davidson had kept her faculties until the last. Her memory was surprisingly accurate and clear. She was even able to read until the very last without the use of glasses. She was somewhat hard of hearing the last year or so. In the home of her daughter she assisted with the housework until the last year. It is a long lived family as her mother was 101 years old at the time of her death.

Andrew Edwinson, the youngest brother, still resides in Norway at the age of 91 years, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Thompson at Bristol, S.D. Another brother, Mandrup Edwinson, was a pioneer of Emmet county and is buried at High Lake cemetery as is the mother and Mr. Davidson. Mandrup was over 90 years old at the time of his passing.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davidson were held Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock from the Martin Anderson residence and at one thirty from the Estherville Lutheran church. Burial was made in the High Lake cemetery. Rev. L.A. Mathre was in charge of the services. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, August 18, 1926)


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