NORTH SALEM —
Plenty of mysteries still abound, one being how the area came to be known as McCloud. Miner can only speculate.
"On both sides of County Line Road in that distinct area, there were a lot of McClouds who had settled," he said. "It was called McCloud Valley. I assume (Davidson) called it McCloud Park because there were McClouds that lived there."
Morphew was another family that settled there, along with a few others. At times it was referred to as Davidson Park, but there are pillars still standing with "McCloud" etched on them.
"I was stymied in my quest," Miner said. "I found no documents, no records, no photographs. It's quite frustrating because that's what you'd expect an attorney to have kept."
Davidson's original lodge is still standing, as are some of the cabins he constructed. Miner also found the remains of three grilling sites that were made of brick, though they're on private property now.
Other information that Miner found on Davidson is that he was a trustee for Butler when the school moved its campus to its current location. Davidson's wife also was highly educated, and they traveled extensively. The couple had three daughters and one son, the son dying young. Only one daughter had a child, and she died soon after of complications from appendicitis surgery.
Much of what Miner learned on Davidson came from Butler University's archives. He was able to find Davidson's great-children, but they didn't know him very well. Their father was Davidson's only grandchild.
"They had spent time out (at McCloud) but there were no photographic records," Miner said.
He also learned that Davidson's sisters lived in North Salem. Davidson and his wife moved there from Irvington in 1933. His wife died of cancer early on and didn't really get to enjoy their resort. Davidson eventually lived in an apartment on Danville's square. He died in 1951.