Downer, Andrew 1911

Obituary – Andrew Downer
East Liverpool Tribune

Esteemed Citizen Passes Away at Four O’Clock
Yesterday Morning at His Home on Nevada Street-
Funeral at 2:30 Tomorrow Afternoon.

Andrew Downer, for the past eleven years an esteemed citizen and prominent Mason and Knight of Pythias of Wellsville, died at four o’clock yesterday morning (September 19, 1911) at his home on Nevada street, following a stroke of Paralysis, aged 76 years.

The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the home, Rev. Mr. Johnson of the First Christian Church officiating. Interment will be made in Spring Hill Cemetery. In all probability the local Manonic lodge will have charge of the funeral.

Mr. Downer was born in Uniontown, Pa., in 1835, and while in his infancy his parents removed to Hanoverton, O., and later to Hammondsville. It was in this village that the deceased learned the blacksmith trade, and where he spent the greater part of his life. Eleven years ago he removed to Wellsville and established a blacksmith shop on Nevada street. Three years ago he fell and sustained a fracture of one of his hops and a year later he suffered a stroke of paralysis. Last Wednesday evening he suffered a second stroke of paralysis, which was the direct cause of his death.

Mr. Downer was a member of the Irondale lodge of Masons. On coming to Wellsville he joined the chapter of that fraternity. He was also a member of Irondale lodge, Knights of Pythias.

The deceased twice married, is first wife having been Susan Starkey. His second wife, formerly Emma Cline Kelley, and the following children survive; Mrs. India Jarvis, of near Yellow Creek; Mrs. Emma Glenn, of New Somerset; Mrs. Bell Ridgley and Mrs. Anna Ellis, of Canal Dover; Mrs. Wilmina Mackey, of Steubenville, and Charles Downer, of Hammondsville. Six sisters and two brothers also survive; Mrs. Jane Cox, of Kensington; Mrs. Martha VanMeter and Mrs. Lydia Shannon, of Ravenna; Mrs. Mary Wyatt, of Orrville; Mrs. Emma Crawford, of East Liverpool; Mrs. Francis Kelly, of Wellsville; Jonathan Downer, of Colton, Cal., and Charles Downer, of Minerva.

Always of a pleasant and agreeable disposition, Mr. Downer made friends rapidly and held them throughout his long and useful life.