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San Rafael Independent
Friday, June 7, 1940
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James B. Davidson, Pioneer Marin Educator, Schools Head 32 Years, Dies Here

James B. Davidson, pioneer Marin county educator and county superintendent of schools for more than three decades, died late yesterday at his home, 210 San Rafael avenue in San Rafael.

Davidson had been in poor health for several years and had passed by two years the mark of four score.

First a teacher in the Tomales schools, Davidson went to Sausalito to head that city’s schools for a number of years immediately prior to his being elected county superintendent in 1902. After filling that position for 32 years, he retired in 1934 to be succeeded by the late George E. Kendall whose death prevented completion of his one term.

Davidson was a native of Ontario, Canada and is mourned by a widow Mrs. Janet Davidson, and two daughters, Mrs. Lewis A. Maverick of Los Angeles, and Miss Della Davidson, principal of the Short School in San Rafael, along with scores of intimate friends throughout the entire county.

Davidson was a member of Marin Lodge of Masons, the Royal Arch Masons chapter of San Rafael and the Elks.

The body is at Keaton & Dusel mortuary to be taken to the Masonic Temple tomorrow afternoon for funeral services at 2 p.m. Harvey Borkeim, worshipful master of Marin Lodge No. 191, F. & A.M. will officiate at the Masonic service. Burial will be in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery.

California Death Index: he was born July 27, 1857; mother’s maiden name was Evans; died June 6, 1940, age 82.
Independent Journal
Thursday, 3 June 1940


Masonic funeral service was held last Saturday afternoon at two o’clock for James B. Davidson, one of the best known educators in California, who passed away quietly last Thursday at his home, 210 San Rafael avenue.

Mr. Davidson spent 37 years as superintendent of school in Marin county, and previous to that taught school in Bolinas, Tomales and Sausalito.

Although 83 years of age, it was only a few weeks ago that his sturdy body and active mind, seemed to fail.

Funeral service was attended by friends and relatives from all over Marin. The cortege moved from the Keaton & Dusel chapel to Masonic Temple, through an honor guard of San Rafael police officers, where rites of the Masonic order were conducted, Worshipful Master Harvey Borkheim officiating.

The casket was banked with floral tributes to the departed, who throughout his long life gained the respect and admiration of all for his kindly disposition, his sympathetic understanding and keen judgment.

Carried by his Masonic brethren to Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, the graveside ceremonies were simple and brief, and Mr. Davidson was laid to rest with memories remaining t hat will endure.

Native of Ontario
James B. Davidson was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1857, and came to California in 1887. His first years of teaching gained him recognition among educators. He was awarded the honorary degree of Bachelor of Education by S. F. State College a few years ago.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Mrs. Janet Davidson, and two daughters, Mrs. Lewis A. Maverick of Los Angeles and Miss Della Davidson, principal of Short School, and a host of friends throughout the State. Besides being a member of Marin Lodge, and Royal Arch Chapter, Mr. Davidson was also a member of San Rafael Lodge, B. P. O. E.

San Anselmo Herald
Thursday, June 13, 1940
page 6


Funeral services were held in Masonic Temple, San Rafael, Saturday, for JAMES B. DAVIDSON, grand old man of the Marin County educational world, who died at his home, 210 San Rafael Ave., June 6th, after being in poor health for years. He was 82 years old, and for 32 years of these he had been County Superintendent of schools, retiring several years ago.

Funeral services were conducted by Marin Lodge No. 191, F. & A.M., Worshipful Master Harvey Borkheim conducting the service. Interment was in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. He is survived by 2 daughters; Mrs. Lewis A. MAVERICK, Los Angeles, and Miss DELLA DAVIDSON, principal of Short School, San Rafael, and by his widow, Mrs. JANET DAVIDSON. Mr. DAVIDSON was a native of Ontario, Canada.

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