The Leader-Courier, Friday, Sept. 1, 1916, Pg. 1

Vol. 29, No. 28




Well-Known Popular Pioneer

Settler Died Tuesday—To

Hold Funeral Tomorrow.


   J. W. Davison better known as “Uncle” John Davison, died at his home on Avenue B East in this city, Wednesday afternoon, August 30th, 1916, in his 77th year.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 2:30, at the Christian church, conducted by the Pastor, Rev. Leonard, and interment will be at Walnut Hill.  The burial service will be in charge of the local lodge A. O. U. W. of which order Mr. Davison had been a member for many years.

  In the death of J. W. Davison another pioneer passes from the stage of action and gets to his reward; a man honored while here among men for his sterling character as citizen and neighbor, upright in his dealings, charitable and helpful to the needy and distressed; and a man who will be long and kindly remembered.

  John W. Davison was born on the 12th day of February, 1840, at Brownsburg, Indiana.  He was joined in marriage in 1869, with Mary M. Combs, near Brownsburg, Indiana, she being his second wife.  To them one child was born, which died in infancy.  Deceased was the father of two other children by his first wife, who also died in infancy.

  Mr. and Mrs. Davison came to Kingman county in 1878, settling in Galesburg township, where they remained some ten years, after which they came to Kingman and engaged in business for some eighteen years, but failing health forced him to retire from business and since then he had been leading a retired life “waiting patiently” for the final summons, which came on Wednesday, and he has passed from among us to await the reward which come to the just.

  Deceased was a soldier in the Civil War on the Union side, and as such won many honors for bravery and faithful service.  In his first enlistment he was a member of the 7th Indiana Zouaves, and at the expiration of his term of enlistment he “veteranized” by re-enlisting in the 9th Michigan Cavalry in Company G, serving with marked distinction until the close of the war.  He was especially proud of his war record and carefully preserved his discharge papers and other memoranda of his soldier life.

  Despite his ill health he had made provisions for his now bereaved wife by leaving her ample funds to provide for her comfort in the widowhood and declining years; and as she has a comfortable home and pleasant and congenial surroundings and legions of friends it is probable that she will continue to make Kingman her home.

  To the bereaved widow and other sorrowing friends The Leader-Courier tenders sympathy and words of condolence.