Parkers Prairie Independent
Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 2, 1933
Page 1, Column 6
ASHLEY DOWNING OBITUARY
Ashley Downing was born at Palatine, Cook County, Ill., June 25, 1855. His parents with whom his childhood was spent, were Macy Brooks Downing of Canada, and Richard Downing, a native of Launceston, England.
In his late teens he came to Fremont township, Fayette county, Iowa to join his elder brother, Henry, his elder sister, Jennie (Mrs. James Smith) and his twin sister, Emma, (Mrs. Charles Tonkinson) residing there..
On June 13th, 1878, at Maynard, Iowa, the Reverend Mr. Woods officiating, he was married to Ella Jane Campbell, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, who had been visiting her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Baird Downing, and Mrs. Nancy McClain also residents of Fremont township, Fayette County, Iowa.
The remainder of his life, almost 55 years, was spent on his farm, two miles south and one-fourth mile west of the present site of Westgate, Iowa.
He departed this life on Wednesday, January 4th, 1933, at the age of 77 years, 6 months and 9 days, his wife having passed away at Tillamook, Oregon, on Wednesday, December 16, 1931, aged 81 years, 9 months and 19 days.
He was for years the sole survivor of his father’s family having been preceded in death by his brothers, Henry and John, and his sisters, Jennie Smith, Emma Tonkinson and Mabel Downing.
He is survived by five great-grandchildren, 17 grandchildren, his three sons, Ralph of Henry, S. D., Arthur and Roy of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota and by his only daughter Ethel, Mrs. C. W. Quinn of Tillamook, Oregon.
Relatives attending the funeral were: Ralph, a son, living at Henry, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Downing, he being a son, of Parkers Prairie, Minn., Mrs. Roy Downing and son of Parkers Prairie, Minn. The funeral was held yesterday at 2:00 P.M. Rev. L. W. Hauter officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.—Iowa Newspaper.
Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.