Davidson, William C. 1912

Obituary – William C. Davidson
East Liverpool Tribune

Popular Official, Fighting Pluckily For Life, Lost Out Finally, Death Coming During Early Evening Hour
As Business Man, Political Advisor and Executive, He Had Won Universal Success During Years Of Service

Lisbon, Feb. 18.-William C. Davidson, 51, present sheriff of Columbiana county, former Mayor of East Liverpool, substantial business man and always a leading politician, died at the official residence here at 8:15 o’clock last evening (February 18, 1912), following an illness of nearly eighteen months duration. Complications set in within the past year which, despite frequent visits to health resorts, failed to yield. He returned from Cambridge Springs several weeks ago, since which time he has constantly grown weaker.

Popularly known as “Billy” Davidson, he was known throughout the confines of the county. Ever jovial and quick to aid those about him he enjoyed a prestige that was second to none in the county. To know him was to love him.

He was the eldest son of Abraham Mitchell and Jane Till Davidson, both deceased. “Billy,” as he was familiarly known to his friends, spent most of his life in his native city, prior to his election to the office of sheriff in 1909, when, with his family, he removed to Lisbon. He was reared and educated in the Pottery City, with the exception of two years spent as a student in Iron City College in Pittsburgh.

Carried First Express
Sheriff Davidson has been more or less in the public eye for years. In his boyhood he entered the employ of the Adams Express Company and has the distinction of having delivered the first free delivery package in East Liverpool for more than three years with this company. Later he went into business for himself.

In April16, 1884, he married Miss Mary P. Nath, of Steubenville, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Nath, now of East Liverpool.

Sheriff Davidson was always an outspoken Republican. In 1900 he was elected Mayor of the city of East Liverpool, to which office he was reelected at the expiration of his first term. He served but one year of his second term, a change in the municipal code then going into effect. During his three years of official life all of his time was devoted to civic affairs, resulting in many reforms and bringing about many needed improvements. After retiring from the Mayo0r’s chair he engaged in the shoe business in Fifth street, where he proved himself one of the city’s most capable business captains.

Elected Sheriff
In November, 1909, he was elected to the office of sheriff of the county. He was re-elected without opposition at the expiration of his first term, and never has a man held office in the courthouse who was more highly esteemed by all of Columbiana County. He had established the reputation of being one of the most efficient of officers. He was one who was not only always ready to attend to his duties, but was ever ready to lend a helping hand to mankind.

Sheriff Davidson was a member of the B.P.O.E., No. 258, of East Liverpool, the Royal Arcanum, Woodman of the World and the Lisbon Camp, Sons of Veterans.

The Funeral
The remains may be viewed at the home in this city on Monday evening from 7 to 10, and on Tuesday the body will be removed to the home of Mrs. D. B. McNichol, sister of Mrs. Davidson, at East Liverpool, 325 West Third street, where on Tuesday evening they may be viewed from 7 to 10.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, J. Will, formerly one of the editors of the Morning Tribune, East Liverpool, and Dale G. Both at home. Three brothers also survive, Representative George E. Davidson, Edgar L. and C. Herber, all of East Liverpool, who were present when the end came.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning from St. Aloysus Catholic Church, the hour to be named later.