Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN R. DAVIDSON, farmer and dairyman, and one of the commissioners of Lincoln county, resides four miles west of Reardan.  He was born in Butte county, California, March 18, 1855, the son of Vance L. and Harriet M. (Pierce) Davidson.  The father was a native of Kentucky, and died in 1882, in Siskiyou county, California.  The mother is descended from an old and prominent New York family, in which state she was born.  Her husband and father were the first settlers in Savannah, Carroll county, Illinois, and Davidson street in that city was named after the father of our subject.  Mrs. Harriet M. Davidson now resides in San Francisco, California.
     In that state our subject was reared until 1881, receiving the greater portion of his education in Siskiyou county.  With the exception of five years passed in freighting he followed the business of farming and dairying.  In 1881 he came to the state of Washington and he now owns five quarter sections of land, four hundred acres of which are devoted to wheat.  He has a band of one hundred head of cattle, mostly graded stock, and a registered Holstein bull.  At the Lincoln county fair, in 1901 he captured the first prize with this animal, but he has since sold him.  Three cows, of which he was the owner, took first, second and third prizes.
     Mr. Davidson has two brothers, George A. and Dow L., the former in charge of his brother's dairy, and the latter a gardner and farmer in California.  He has six sisters living: Mary, wife of Edward E. Price; Almira, widow of Robert O'Neil; Jeanette, wife of Martin Parker; Sila, wife of Jackson Bean; Carrie, wife of James Fletcher; and Olive, wife of B. S. Ward.
     July 26, 1882, in Siskiyou county, California, our subject was married to Susie Cory, a native of Indiana.  Her father, Henry C., and mother, Hannah (Eller) Cory, are both dead.  Mrs. Davidson has four sisters:  Mary, wife of J. H. Walker; Lida, wife of Charles Mote; Elda, wife of James Estes; and Ina, wife of Albert Denny.  She has five brothers, Louis, Aaron E., Elsie N., William, and Frank.  Mr. and Mrs. Davidson have five children, Harold P., Ralph E., Ernest A., Iva A., and Halsey N., the three latter residing at home.  Mr. Davidson is a member of the I. O. O. F., Reardan Lodge, No. 84.  For seven years Mrs. Davidson was a school teacher in Siskiyou county, California.  At present Mr. Davidson is, politically, independent.  Two years he was an advocate of the principles of the People's party.  Previous to that he was a Republican.  In 1901 he was elected county commissioner on the Democrat ticket, the Democrats having fused with the members of the People's party.  At present Mr. Davidson is residing in Reardan, where he purchased a nice home property to which he removed his family.