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Alexander DOWNIE, son of Alex and Isabella DOWNIE, was born in Berteeland, Scotland, Nov 23, 1848 and departed this life Aug 5, 1931, age 82 years, 9 months and 13 days.

In his early childhood, he with his parents moved to Brookville, Canada, where his mother was taken
from him by death when he was twelve years of age.

From this time on he tried to make his own way through life, finally landing at Rochelle, IL. When a young man his country made its last call for volunteers
near the close of the Civil War. He enlisted in the 8th Illinois Cavalry and served until the close of the ware.

On Dec 14, 1871, he was united in marriage to Josephine RANDALL at Rochelle, IL. To this union were born two daughters, Emma Elizabeth and Olive Elinor. Elizabeth preceded him in death about fifteen years ago.

They came to Kansas in Nov, 1881 and located in Washington county where he resided ever since. At the age of twenty-two years he was converted and united with the Christian church, later identifying himself with the Methodist church.

There being no Methodist church at this place he united with the Friends church, at Enosdale, about twenty-eight years ago. He remained a faithful member until he was called to his eternal reward.

So long as his health permitted he was active in church work, everywhere, whenever the opportunity presented itself regardless of church name.

He was a patient sufferer and content with his lot which did not shake his faith in God. He is the last of a family of nine children to depart this life.

He leaves to mourn his loss one daughter, Mrs. Olive FORD and three granddaughters, Isabella, Eleanor
and Josephine ELLIOTT all of this community.

Our loss is his eternal gain. The funeral services were held at Enosdale Friends church, Aug 6, conducted by Rev. John CRAVEN, assister by Rev. F.M. MANSHARDT, of Throop Evangelical Church and burial was in the Rock Cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Delores Raines

Last Updated:  Tuesday, December 18, 2001 20:31:05

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