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THE TILLER AND TOILER, 7 February 1929
Death of M. G. Davidson
Civil War Veteran and Pioneer Came
To Pawnee County More Than
Fifty Years Ago

M. G. Davidson, one of the pioneer citizens of Pawnee county, who took up a homestead four miles northeast of Larned fifty-three years ago and who was a G.A.R. veteran, died last Friday at the home of his daughter after an illness following paralysis.
The Davidson homestead is now owned by the Gore family. For two months preceding his last illness, Mr. Davidson had been in Nickerson where he was assisting in the work of Reno Post No. 83, of which he was a past commander. This was his last active duty as he was stricken two days later and was bedfast from then until his death.
Moore G. Davidson, son of Isaac Davidson and Ann Jones Davidson, was born in Coles county, Illinois, December 20th, 1844, and departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. H. Fletcher in Larned, last Friday at the age of 84 years, 1 month, 11 days.
At an early age his parents moved to Washington county, Iowa. Here he enlisted August 21st, 1862, in Company C, 19th Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and he was assigned to the Army of the Frontier at Springfield, Mo., October, 1862. He was confined in the hospital and was honorably discharged in December, 1862, by reason of a surgeon’s certificate of disability.
He re-enlisted in January, 1864, at Washington, Iowa, and was mustered into service of Company H, 2nd Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry. On April 29th, 1864, his regiment joined the army on the Atlanta campaign and participated in several engagements, among them, Kenesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, and the March to the Sea. In January, 1865, the regiment started on the campaign of the Carolinas, concluding it at Bentonville, North Carolina. The regiment took part in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C., May 24th, 1865, after which it was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky.
The deceased received an honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa, July 12th, 1865. He bore a gallant part in all engagements of the Second Iowa, performing faithful and meritorious service at all times.
He was united in marriage to Malinda J. Osborne in Hancock county, Illinois, Feb., 22, 1866. They lived in Douglass county, Illinois, until 1876, when they moved to Pawnee county, Kansas, residing here until 1908, when they moved to Nickerson, Kansas, where they resided until the death of his wife in 1928. He and his daughter, Dora, then moved to Larned, where they made their home until her death. Since then he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Chas. H. Fletcher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his son, Edgar, and his daughter, Dora. He leaves to mourn his loss four sons, James E. of Long Beach, California, Oliver M. of Independence, Kansas, Walter W. of Sylvia, Kansas and Roy, of Kansas City, Mo., and two daughters, Mary J. Cox, of Hindsboro, Illinois, and Susan M. Fletcher, of Larned, Kansas.
For a number of years he was a member of the B. F. Larned Post, No. 8. At the time of his death he was member of Reno Post, No. 83, of Nickerson, Kansas, having had his membership transferred in 1908 on his removal to Nickerson. He served as commander of the post a number of years.
He was a devoted, faithful, and a loving father, and was ever ready to do a kindly act. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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