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 John David Downing Sr.

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John David Downing Sr.

Birth
Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
Death
19 Aug 1923 (aged 63)
Verden, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial
Verden, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID
53563566 View Source

The Verden News
August 3, 1923

OBITUARY

John D. Downing, born June 20, 1860. Died July 25, 1923.

The grim reaper of death has passed our way once more, this time removing from our midst one of the land marks of our citizenary, John D. Downing, one of the pioneers of this community.

Mr. Downing was born near Talequah Indian Territory--now a part of Oklahoma. At the age of 14 he came to the Anadarko Agency and shortly afterwards was adopted by the Wichita Indians as a member of their tribe.

He was educated at Anadarko Agency and at Hampton Va., receiving from the latter school a certificate entiteling him to teach in Government schools.

He was married April 3, 1885 to Ada Mae Meeks. To this union was born four children, James Downing of Santa Rose, N.M., Mrs. Susie Cochran of Tuttle, Mrs. Rachel Briscoe of Anadarko, and Fred Downing, deceased.

The mother and wife having departed in early life he was again married, on July 12, 1898 to Mrs. Margaret Garen, and by this marriage seven children were born; John, Earl, Pearl, Rena, Thelma, Edens and Ernest.

These together with a stepson, Howard Garen of Roswell N.M. are left to mourn his departure.

With the exception of his eldest son, James and stepson, Howard Garen, the entire membership of his family were present when he died.

Mr. Downing had resided in this community for over 49 years and was a man who attended to his own affairs and never bothering with affairs that did not concern him.

For a number of years he was prominently identified with the stockraisers of the state.

He was Inituated in the Masonic Lodge at Anadarko, on January 11, 1896, was later rec by demit as a charter member of Verden Lodge No. 829. He received the Scottish Rite Degree at Guthrie, May 5, 6 and 7, 1908.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Saturday, July 28, under auspices of the Masonic order, Rev. Chas. Mann, officiating.

[Note: This copy is exactly as published, spelling has not been changed.]

The Verden News
August 3, 1923

OBITUARY

John D. Downing, born June 20, 1860. Died July 25, 1923.

The grim reaper of death has passed our way once more, this time removing from our midst one of the land marks of our citizenary, John D. Downing, one of the pioneers of this community.

Mr. Downing was born near Talequah Indian Territory--now a part of Oklahoma. At the age of 14 he came to the Anadarko Agency and shortly afterwards was adopted by the Wichita Indians as a member of their tribe.

He was educated at Anadarko Agency and at Hampton Va., receiving from the latter school a certificate entiteling him to teach in Government schools.

He was married April 3, 1885 to Ada Mae Meeks. To this union was born four children, James Downing of Santa Rose, N.M., Mrs. Susie Cochran of Tuttle, Mrs. Rachel Briscoe of Anadarko, and Fred Downing, deceased.

The mother and wife having departed in early life he was again married, on July 12, 1898 to Mrs. Margaret Garen, and by this marriage seven children were born; John, Earl, Pearl, Rena, Thelma, Edens and Ernest.

These together with a stepson, Howard Garen of Roswell N.M. are left to mourn his departure.

With the exception of his eldest son, James and stepson, Howard Garen, the entire membership of his family were present when he died.

Mr. Downing had resided in this community for over 49 years and was a man who attended to his own affairs and never bothering with affairs that did not concern him.

For a number of years he was prominently identified with the stockraisers of the state.

He was Inituated in the Masonic Lodge at Anadarko, on January 11, 1896, was later rec by demit as a charter member of Verden Lodge No. 829. He received the Scottish Rite Degree at Guthrie, May 5, 6 and 7, 1908.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Saturday, July 28, under auspices of the Masonic order, Rev. Chas. Mann, officiating.

[Note: This copy is exactly as published, spelling has not been changed.]


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