|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1862|
Walla Walla County
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1944|
Mrs. Jean Carrie Davidson, widow of the late Judge J. B. Davidson, and one of the best known pioneers of Central Washington, died this morning after a brief illness. She had lived in Ellensburg since 1884, her father being the original publisher of this section, the founder of the Ellensburg Localizer, predecessor of the Daily Record. She was 82 years old.
Mrs. Davidson comes from a long line of pioneers. Her great grandfather, Major Moore, crossed the plains to Oregon Territory in 1840 and laid out Linn City, Oregon. Major Moore established in 1846 the Oregon Spectator, the first newspaper published on the Pacific Coast. Her father, D. J. Schnebly, an editor of Mercersburg, Pa., moved to Linn City in the year 1850 and at once became editor of Major Moore's paper, the Oregon Spectator. In 1861 D. J. Schnebly moved to Walla Walla and in 1884 moved to Ellensburg and established the Ellensburg Localizer.
Jean Carrie Schnebly was born in Walla Walla, January 16, 1862. She received her early education at St. Vincent's Academy, St. Paul's Academy, California State Normal School at San Jose and at Whitman College. She graduated from California Normal in 1883 and a year later became the first teacher in the Presbyterian Academy at Ellensburg.
In 1886 she married John B. Davidson, then a young lawyer in Ellenburg, who later served 16 years as judge of the superior court here. He died in 1928 while in office.
Mrs. Davidson opened the first set of abstract books in Kittitas County, continuing in this work until the books were destroyed in the great fire of July 4, 1889.
She was also the first librarian of the Carnegie Library in Ellensburg. In March 1917 Mrs. Davidson organized and served as the first regent of the D.A.R. Chapter of Ellensburg. The chapter was named the Magaretta Painter Chapter in honor of her mother, an outstanding pioneer of the state and of this valley.
At the beginning of the First World War in 1917, Mrs. Davidson organized the first Red Cross in Ellensburg as an auxiliary of the Painter Chapter of the D. A. R. She also organized the Minute Women of Ellensburg and was made chairman of that organization. She also helped organize and was president of the National League of Women Service here.
She was a life member and curator of the State Historical Society at Tacoma, in which capacity she was serving at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Walla Walla, Seattle, and Kittitas Pioneers Societies.
Surviving are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Mary Virginia Kern, Miss Margaret Adair Davidson and Philip Adams Davidson, all of Ellensburg. She has three grandsons, all in the military service of the United States, Lt. John Phillip Davidson, now in New Guinea, Lt. Bently Davidson Kern in England and Phillip Brooks Kern in Seattle, and also one granddaughter, Mary Virginia Kern, and numerous other relatives in the valley and other parts of the state.
In accordance with her request, her nephews will be her pallbearers. They are Fred C. Schnebly, P. D. Schnebly, J. J. Schnebly, Frank Schnebly, Robert Schnebly, Rufus Schnebly, D. D. Schnebly, and Henry Schnebly and Fred D. Adams.
The funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt funeral parlors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. Cremation will follow.
Ellensburg Daily Record, April 29, 1944
David Jacob Schnebly (1818 - 1901)
Margaretta Ann Painter Schnebly (1833 - 1907)
John B. Davidson (1860 - 1928)
Phillip Adams Davidson (1888 - 1959)*
Mary Virginia Davidson Kern (1889 - 1972)*
Philip Henry Schnebly (1852 - 1926)*
Charles Painter Schnebly (1855 - 1930)*
Caroline Jean Schnebly Davidson (1862 - 1944)
Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: Jul 31, 2010
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