O.U. Davidson

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O. U. DAVIDSON, proprietor of the marble and granite works at Cowansville, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born at Cowansville, May 24, 1867, son of William and Mary (Crawford) Davidson.

William Davidson was born in Ohio in 1811, and his wife in Pennsylvania in 1824. He was a marble cutter, learning his trade in Scioto county, Ohio. For over fifty years he was engaged in business in various cities and towns, in 1865 settling at Cowansville, Pa., where he established a marble and granite business, to which his son succeeded. His death occurred in 1892, his wife passing away in 1904. William Davidson was a man of strong conviction, and during the war espoused the anti-slavery movement, so that when the Republican party was organized he became one of its enthusiastic members. Although self-educated, he was a well-in-formed man, and able to follow out a question to its logical end. For some years he served as justice of the peace, and he enjoyed universal respect and confidence. He was one of the pioneers in the marble and granite business in Armstrong county.

O. U. Davidson attended public school at Cowansville, and then at the age of eighteen years went into his father's business, which he successfully continues. It is his pride to turn out nothing but the highest quality of work that can be done, and his business shows the result of this care.

On July 2, 1901, Mr. Davidson was married to Ina Fay Ralston, and five children have been born of this marriage: William Raymond, Allen R., Edgar O., Marion F. and Robert G. Mr. Davidson is a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church, and has been superintendent of the Sunday school for fifteen years.

Source: Pages(s) 710, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Neil G. Anderson for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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