Artie Van Davidson, Sr.

Male 1888 - 1938  (50 years)


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  • Name Artie Van Davidson 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 12 Jan 1888  Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jun 1938  Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Jul 1938  Stanfield Cemetery - Clarkton, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5867  Cody LeBlanc's Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2020 

    Family Mary Jewel Crow,   b. 11 Nov 1892, Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1981, Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 18 May 1913  Baird, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Vera Blanche Davidson,   b. 10 Aug 1915, Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 2007, Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. Artie Van Davidson, Jr.,   b. 8 Aug 1920, Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 2003, Saint Louis, Saint Louis City, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F2448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Death Certificate for Artie Van Davidson, Sr.
    Death Certificate for Artie Van Davidson, Sr.
    Name: Arthur Van Davidson
    Birth Date: 12 Jan 1888
    Birth Place: Missouri
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Father: W. L. Davidson
    Mother: Henrietta Hallaway
    Age at Death: 50
    Death Date: 30 Jun 1938
    Death Place: Clarkton, Dunklin, Missouri, USA
    Cause of Death: Gun Shot Wound in the Head - Self Inflicted
    Clarkton Man, 47, Commits Suicide - Artie Van Davidson, Sr.
    Clarkton Man, 47, Commits Suicide - Artie Van Davidson, Sr.
    Published in The Twice-A-Week Dunklin Democrat on July 5, 1938

    Headstones
    Headstone of Artie Van Davidson, Sr. and Mary Jewel Crow Davidson
    Headstone of Artie Van Davidson, Sr. and Mary Jewel Crow Davidson
    Stanfield Cemetery - Clarkton, Missouri, USA

  • Notes 
    • Death Notice:

      Clarkton Man, 47, Commits Suicide

      Fired Rifle Into Brain; Had No Hands, But Used Stick

      No reason is known for the suicide of A. V. Davidson, member of a well known Clarkton family, who took his own life by shooting himself through the head with a .22 caliber rifle about 5 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

      Dr. G. I. Gilmore, county coroner, arrived at Davidson's home shortly after 6 o'clock that evening but did not hold an inquest since it was apparent that he had committed suicide.

      A. V. Davidson, 47 years old, was collector of Freeborn Township. He had no hands, they having been cut off above the wrists in an industrial accident in Flint, Mich., several years ago. Despite this handicap he had learned to write without hands and do other things, seemingly impossible for one so afflicted.

      His friends and relatives, including his deputy collector, Mrs. Hildebrand, could give no reason why he should have taken his life.

      The coroner, in searching his pockets, found two notes, both penciled on the backs of candidate cards. One, in his shirt pocket, read: "Please forgive me for this but I feel this is the best for all of us." The other, found in a trouser pocket, read: I am doing what I should have done years ago."

      He was alone in the house at the time he shot himself. When found he was seated on a hassock, his head resting on a table against which it had fallen. The shot from the rifle, which he had held between his knees, penetrated his skull between his eyes and went through, coming out behind. A great quantity of blood had flown from the wound. The shot was fired by using a stick to push on the trigger of the rifle.

      On June 20, as Collector for Freeborn Township, Mr. Davidson presented his annual settlement to the County Court which was refused by that body since it showed balances due various funds aggregating $1,1512.32.

      However, at this time, according to County Treasurer Drew Vardell, he had already paid into the treasurer a substantial part of these balances due and had made subsequent payments until at the time he took his life. Mr. Davidson only had $76.46 remaining to be paid.

      Mr. Davidson was the son of W. T. Davidson, who is still a resident of Clarkton. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jewel Davidson; a daughter, Miss Blanche Davidson, 24, who taught last year at the Simpson school, and a son, Van, 17.

      (Published in The Twice-A-Week Dunklin Democrat on July 5, 1938)