The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, July 12, 1921
Page 8, column 2
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MORAL  RESIDENT  PASSED  AWAY
William Downing Died At His Home Following An Extended Illness
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          William Downing, aged sixty-five years, a life-long resident of Moral township, died at his home at six thirty o'clock Monday evening following an extended illness.  Death was caused from complication of diseases.
          Mr. Downing was a member of the Correlation M. P. church and had been affiliated with this church since he was a small boy.  He was one of the most progressive farmers of the county and by his honest and straight forward business methods has won a host of friends, whom he now leaves to mourn his death.
          Surviving besides the widow he leaves four children, Rosy Downing, at home;  Mrs. F. F. Crisler, at home;  Claude Downing, of Connersville, and  Roy Downing, of LaCrosse, Kansas.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the home Thursday morning, Rev. Carnes, of Mooresville, officiating. Burial will be made in the New Palestine cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Mary Downing


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday April 8, 1908
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YOUNG  WOMAN  ENDS  HER  LIFE
WITH  CARBOLIC  ACID
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Gertrude Downey Commits Suicide at the Home of Her Father
In the Northern Part of Shelby County
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           Gertrude Downey, the pretty daughter of William Downey, who resides in Shelby county, one mile south of Carrollton, committed suicide yesterday by taking carbolic acid.  When found by her parents she was in an unconscious condition in her room and soon afterward her death occurred, the girl breathing her last about noon.
            Miss Downey was about twenty-two years of age, and had always made her home with her father.  She had, according to report, been keeping company with a young man.  The young man is said to have caused the girl’s downfall and, rather than to have her parents learn of her condition, took carbolic acid, with fatal results.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Mary Downing

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