Axedale Colonial Country Fair 1994

The following article about the Axedale Colonial Country Fair appeared in the community newspaper, Axedale Antics on ??? This annual event was very much looked forward to by the community during the 1990s.

From: The Axedale Antics, October 1994, Edition 79

With only a few weeks to go, the Axedale Colonial Country Fair, being held on Sunday 16 October, is shaping up to be another wonderful day once more. Many of the great attractions from previous years, and some exciting new ones, will be entertaining the public all day.

The Axedale Colonial Fair is colonial AND country, incoporating the old and the new, with interesting and entertaining exhibitions and attractions, rides and relics, dining and dancing., from past to present day. There will be a hot air balloon and helicopter, Cobb & Co coach and camels, merry-go-round and gyrobix, Harley motor bike and hay rides to delight young and old alike.

Aboriginal Corroborees, Irish, Scottish, Dutch and Australian bush dances, and the Eurofest choir will perform, as well as a one act play put on by the Bendigo Community Heralth Centre and some local school children.

The Muddyflats country music band and the Emu Creek bush band will give us some easy listening music and assist the dancers. Chinese Lions will visit and dance and prance for your enjoyment.

The Axedale Colonial Country Fair Town Crier’s competition will be bigger than ever this year, with at least ten town criers showing us how well they can raise their voices.

Rob The Swaggie and Kookie Koala will no doubt have a hard time endeavouring to keep Benjamin B. Bunyip in line as usual.

Listen in delight to the beautiful sound of bygone days that emit from the old Harkness whistles.

Artillery and defence displays, including a leopard tank, will be mingled among the various other displays of vintage cars, restored Holdens and Morris Minors, motor cross bikes and sprint cars, antique machinery, Neighbourhood Watch, Penguin Club of Australia, Bendigo Community Health Centre, and many others.

View the extensive array of collectives belonging to the Golden City Collectors and the delightful doll display. Be amazed at the skills of the chainsaw sculptures. See a real, live blacksmith, and step back in time with the Axedale and Strathfieldsaye History display.

Visit the miniature rail roads, and while there, take the opportunity to talk to someone many miles away in Australia on the Bendigo Amateur Radio equipment.

Out on the arena, watch the Nanneella Tent Peggers, and the Bendigo Polo Cross give you some exhilarating examples of their exciting talents.

Clown around with clowns, meet Billy Bottle and Captain Koala, introduce yourself to the Clydesdale with the old bakers cart, inspect the penny farthing bikes, listen to the buskers, and get Ian Glanville, the characturist, to draw a portrait for you. Have a limerick written especially for you.

While Mum and Dad take advantage of a tour of the Axedale Cemetery, leave the kids at Kids Corner, where they can have their faces painted, play Life Be In It games, and enter the Benjamin BG. Bunyip colouring competition – great prizes.

Bring along your favourite pets and enter them in the Uncles Ben’s Pets ‘n’ Pals Parade – plenty of prizes and novelty sections.

This year, the inaugural Axedale Colonial Country Fair/Bendigo Cycling Club race, will take place with approx 30 senior and 30 junior riders competing.

While you wander through the large array of art & craft stalls, which include pottery and paintings, calico arts and ceramics, wooden toys and tartan weavers, jewellery and folk art, garden accessories and wood turning, hats and teddy bears, novelties and white elephant stalls, – you certainly won’t suffer any hunger pains with the variety of foods and refreshments available. Devonshire teas, pies and hot dogs, hot potatoes and takeaway, BBQ, confectionary, cakes and coffee, ice creams and soft drinks and an alcohol bar.

The Fair will be officially opened at 10am by Commissioner Mr. Les Crofts, and the entertainment will flow all day until 6pm.

At 3pm, many of these wonderful participants will congregate to be involved in the Grande Parade around the oval, and anyone attending the fair in costume is also invited to be involved in this. Prizes are awarded on the day for a variety of categories, eg. costume, stall, display.

The Dragon City Marshalls will be in attendance to assist in ensuring that people of all ages, and from all walks of life may have a hazard free and happy day.

So come visit us at Axedale, at the Colonial Country Fair on Sunday 16th October – we’d love to see you.

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Helpers are needed to help in the preparation of the grounds, in setting up on the day, and for manning various positions on the day – if you can help, we’d be very grateful. Also if you have any knowledge on erecting marquees, we sure could use you. Please phone 397316

Also donations of scones and/or cakes for the Devonshire Tea stall will be very gratefully accepted – once again, if you can help, please phone.
Many Thanks, Doreen (Secretary)

If you recognise yourself in the photos, please let me know and I will add your name.

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Axedale Burial: Catherine McGrath 1921 and Mary McGrath 1895

AXEDALE CATHOLIC CEMETERY

CATHERINE McGRATH

From: The Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954), Thursday 21 July 1921, page 16

MRS. McGRATH.
Mrs. McGrath, Lyal, wife of Mr. P. McGrath, has passed away at her residence, Happy Valley, and was buried at Axedale. She was 92 years of age. Mrs. McGrath was one of the oldest settlers left in the district, and leaves a husband, three sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. The sons are Michael (Loch, Gippsland), James and Matthew (farmers, Lyal); and the daughters, Mrs. B. Caelli (Redesdale) and Mrs. Smith (West Australia); one son and one daughter deceased.

John Hannan, of Axedale, is Mrs. McGrath’s brotiher. Mrs McGrath was a native of Tipperary, Ireland. She left Ireland on 10th August, 1858, on the ship “Champion of the Sea,” and landed in Melbourne on 2nd November, 1858. The late Mrs. McGrath was married in the year 1869, and has resided at her late residence, Lyal, ever since. Her mother lived until the age of 107, and was a sister of the late William Heffernan, who built the Shamrock. Hotel, Bendigo, in the early fifties. The coffin-bearers were the three sons —Michael, James, and Matthew—and M. Sheedy. Rev. J. Brady, of Bendigo, read the burial service. Amongst those present at the funeral were Crs.Somerville, Hargreaves, Orr, and Doakes, of the Strathfieldsaye Shire.

R.I.P.

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CATHERINE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
PATRICK McGRATH
WHO DIED ON 30th JUNE 1921
AGED 92 YEARS
& OF THEIR DAUGHTER
MARY
WHO DIED ON 3rd NOVEMBER 1895
AGED 23 YEARS

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MRS. McGRATH. (1921, July 21). Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954), p. 16. Retrieved August 7, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article171239522

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Fire at Axedale – Quarry Hill Hotel 1888

From: Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), Friday 17 Feb 1888, page 3

THE FIRE AT AXEDALE
(from our correspondent)
Wednesday, 15th february.

The fire which broke out here on Sunday afternoon, and which was referred to, in your issue of Tuesday, still continues to spread, and grave fears are entertained as to the ultimate result of the conflagration. Every effort is being made to stay its progress, and willing hands are continually making efforts in that direction. So far, its ravages are principally confined to Mr. Burns’ 500 acre paddock, situated opposite to Mr. Ingham’s Quarry Hotel.

The whole of the grass fully 450 acres—in this paddock has been consumed, together with two miles of fencing. Before it left Mr. Malone’s farm it consumed 200 acres of grass, and about a mile of fencing. In your report it was stated that Mr. Ingham had lost 200 of grass. Fortunately for that gentleman, that was a mistake,” and so far he has not suffered very much. Today his stack was in great danger, a quarter of a mile of dead wood fence enclosing i,t having taken fire.

Precautions were, however, taken, and the grass in the immediate vicinity of the stack burnt, and it is hoped that this will have the effect of placing it out of danger. The fire is bounded on the southern side by the McIvor Road, and on east by a one chain road. Should the wind rise sufficiently to carry. it over the Mclvor Road, it will be into Mr. Heffernan’s property, in which is high grass, and nothing, to impede its progress, while should it cross the one chain road it will continue its course on towards Toolleen, through a country thickly timbered, and grassed, and also containing a numerous population.

It will thus be seen that things are at crisis, and the only chance is that the fire may burn itself out within the present limits, or that a heavy downfall of rain may put an end to it’s destructive power.

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THE FIRE AT AXEDALE. (1888, February 17). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved July 10, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88545336

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Axedale Census 2016

In Australia, we are having our next census, in just a few days, on 10 August 2021. I’m posting the statistics for the previous census, held on 9 August 2016, so that the results can be compared. I’m positive that the population for Axedale will have increased.

These results are taken from the Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Campaspe River, Axedale

https://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/SSC20092?opendocument

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An Itinerant And Destitute Shoemaker #Axedale

From: The Herald, Melbourne, Vic (1861-1954) Friday 23 Mary, 1873, page 3

Ingratitude
How an Itinerant and Destitute Shoemaker was beneficed and how he showed himself an Ingrate

A strange case was brought before the City Police Court yesterday morning. A respectable resident of Axedale, Mr.Kelly the proprietor of the Raglan Hotel,was charged by a person named M’Namara with stealing some leather from him; but, from the evidence given by the prosecutor himself, it appeared that there was not the slightest foundation for the charge.

‘M’Namara came to Mr. Kelly’s hotel a week ago, and between them it was arranged that M’Namara should occupy an empty house which adjoined Mr.Kelly’s house, he being a shoemaker. M’Namara was in need of the necessary ready cash to lay in a stock of leather to to work on; and Mr. Kelly with great kindness, undertook to obtain a supply for him, but with the condition that he should keep the leather in his possession, and that M’Namara should ask him for it as he wanted it.

This was more than a prudent step on Mr. Kelly’s part, as M’Namara was a perfect stranger to him. Mr. Kelly went into Sandhurst during the early part of this week, and while away from home McNamara obtained the leather from Mrs. Kelly, and took it to his shop, and upon going to bed placed it under his head. When Mr. Kelly came home he was told that M’Namara had received all the leather and taken it away with him, upon which Mr. Kelly proceeded to M’Namara’s room, and took it back again, not caring to trust him too much.

Upon this, Mr. M’Namara, with great coolness, laid information against Mr. Kelly for stealing the leather. Of course, when the case came before Mr. Cogdon, he dismissed it, and commented strongly upon M’Namara’s ingratitude.

It is strange than a magistrate oould be found to issue a warrant against a respectable and well known person,.at the request of a total stranger, whose appearance was certainly not much in favor of his respectability.
– Bendigo Independant

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INGRATITUDE. (1873, May 23). The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved July 10, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article245366443

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Valedictory Gathering at Axedale 1899

From: Bendigo Advertiser (1855-1918), Monday 19 June 1899, page 3

VALEDICTORY GATHERING AT AXEDALE

Quite a large gathering of children and others connected with the Axedale State school assembled on Friday evening in the schoolroom at the invitation of the head teacher (Mr. S. E. Adams) to do honor to Miss Balmer, who is giving up her position as workmistress in the school. Soon after dark, the little ones gathered, and games, mostly of a novel kind, were heartily indulged in by the youngsters. Cake-eating contests and an elephant ride caused much amusement.

At 8 o’clock a capital programme of music etc., was initiated. The State school children, assisted by a few scholars from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, with the kind acquiescence, of Miss Kennedy, the teacher, gave a most attractive performance. Every item was rendered with evident enjoyment by the little ones, whose sweet singing and graceful actions reflected the greatest credit on all concerned in their training.

Among the soloists were Daisy Cundill, who sang, “Who’ll be My Valentine,” and had to repeat it by special request. Mary Jones, who gave “Katie Farrell” very acceptably, and Tensie Connell, who sang “Robin Redbreast” with much sweetness. “Sally Horner” was ren dered with notable expression by Daisy Cundill and Eileen Hanson, both very little ones, and the last mentioned little lady sang “I’m Going to write to Papa,” and performed a step dance very gracefully.

Mr. T. Drake gave a very interesting musical interlude with flageolet, bellows, glasses, etc. The children’s choruses were “When the Soldiers beat their drum” and “Four Jolly Smiths” (with anvil accompaniment). A concerted piece, “Railway Trains,” caused a deal of amusement, and the children who took the parts of guard (W. Winzar), porter (L. Allen), obstreperous passengers, etc., deserve special mention. Class recitations, “Which Love Best”‘ and “The Crusader’s Motto,” were effectively rendered, and very amusing action rhymes (written by the head teacher), were given as follows:—”The Girl and the Mud lark,” “Lollipops,” “Washing Day,” “The Birdies’ Song,” “Swing Song,” and Nursery Rhymes re-written. Almost all the items on the programme were given in character. A special treat was the rendition of song’s, dialogues, and instrumental selections on the gramophone, very kindly lent and manipulated by Mr. John Heffernan.

At the conclusion of the part of the programme an enjoyable supper was partaken of, after which Mr. W. S. Cahill (chairman of the Board of Advice), who had kindly consented to take the chair for the evening, referred in appreciatory terms to the good work Miss Balmer had done during the five or six years she had been connected with the school.

Mr. Adams also spoke of his lady assistant in highly complimentary terms, making reference to her scholastic abilities, and amiability. Mr. Cahill then, on behalf of the children, presented her with a very nice gold bracelet, bearing a suitable inscription, loud cheers being given for Miss Balmer.

Cheers were also given for the head teacher, and votes of thanks to Mr. Cahill (on the motion of Mr. Kerr), to Mr. Drake, who lent piano and lamps, to Miss Kennedy, who also gave very kind assistance in several ways, and to the many other ladies and gentlemen who had assisted, brought to a conclusion a most enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

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VALEDICTORY GATHERING AT AXEDALE. (1899, June 19). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved July 15, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89822455

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Rowdyism At Axedale 1881

From: The Ballarat Courier (Vic: 1869-1884; 1914-1918) Thursday, 19 May 1881, page 3

ROWDYISM AT AXEDALE.

A most disgraceful case of ruffianism has been reported to the Sandhurst police. A tea meeting was advertised to take place at St. Nicholas’ Roman Catholic Church, Axedale, about fourteen miles from Sandhurst, on Saturday. A mob of young toughs, numbering over a dozen, and known as the Back Creek larrikins,.appeared on the scene, and demanded food or blood.

The ladies, who were preparing the tables,” beat a hasty retreat, and the ruffians regaled themselves on the eatables provided. They then proceeded to smash the crockery and damage the place.”

They “next collected a quantity of bushes, and stacked them under the schoolroom. These they ignited, but fortunately the flames were put out before much damage was done. A man in the employment of Mr Craike, a well known vigneron in the neighborhood, who had been sent by his master to the school, with a present of fruit, was savagely set upon by the ruffians, and had his eye badly cut with a knuckleduster, which one of the gang wore.

Another man, had his eye blackened, and was otherwise maltreated. The cowardly gang assaulted old and young alike, and then attempted to steal the money taken for admission. Several of the ruffians are well known to the police, and warrants have been issued. Hopes are entertained that the whole gang will be arrested and severely punished – Herald

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ROWDYISM AT AXEDALE. (1881, May 19). The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 – 1884; 1914 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved July 15, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article249288041

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The Case of James McDonald – Coronary Inquest #Axedale 1884

From: The Bendigo Advertiser (1855-1918), Tuesday 29 April 1884

THE CASE OF JAMES M’DONALD.

CORONER’S INQUEST.

The coroner (Mr. G. Webster, P.M.,) held an inquest at the Perseverance Hotel, Axedale, yesterday, on the body of James McDonald, whose mysterious disappearance was referred to in our issue of Saturday. Sergeant Fahey watched the proceedings on behalf of the police.

Henry Acott deposed: I am a farmer and publican, residing at Axedale. Knew the deceased, James McDonald. I last saw him alive on the 19th inst. On that day, he went with me and his wife into Sandhurst. We left to return home between three and four o’clock in the afternoon. We stopped at a public house on the road and had a drink. We then drove on to the Bull’s Hotel and there had another drink each. We then went on to the South Atlas Hotel and had a drink each.

After proceeding some distance, deceased asked me to let him drive, which I did. We came on to about a mile from here, about eight miles from Sandhurst. I then said to him, “Your wife is sick. You had better sit by her and look after her.” He did so, and seemed to behave in a very strange manner. He caught hold of her by the throat, and she sang out and I then said, “What are you doing?” He continued his conduct, and I then said, ” Are you going to kill the woman? ”

The deceased then struck me three times over the head with his fist. I hastened the horse on to get here (the Perseverance Hotel.) When we got out he struck me, knocking me down. I said, ” You ought to be ashamed of yourself to strike an old man like me.” He rushed at me again, and I ran into the bar of the hotel. Deceased followed me. I went outside again and told his wife to get out of the trap as I would not take her any further.

She got out and I immediately went home, leaving the deceased and his wife in the bar. This was about half-past nine o’clock at night. There were a number of people there at the time. I never saw deceased alive again. The deceased had at least two drinks on the road. There had not been any dispute or quarrel on the road except with me. I never had any quarrel with deceased before.

John M’Namara deposed: When the deceased, his wife, and the last witness, Acott, drove up to my hotel they appeared to be in a quarrelsome state. I heard Acott call out, “That — man has struck me twice; if there is any police about, I will give him in charge.” They both got out. De-ceased struck Acott, and he fell on the verandah. When Acott got up deceased struck him again and he fell, Some men interfered, and Acott went into the bar.

Deceased followed him and again struck him. I gave Acott some beer, and he went away. I did not see him again that night. Deceased was very quarrelsome afterwards with some men who were in the bar. I did not see the deceased struck by anyone. Deceased left about three quarters of an hour afterwards. He lost his hat, and proceeded in the direction of Sandhurst, which is by the creek, to find it. I saw no more of him. He went alone. He was mad drunk, but could walk well enough. I heard no threats made towards him by the men, who in fact were trying to pacify him.

Dr. MacGillivray deposed: I have made a post mortem examination of the body. I saw no marks of violence except a small abrasion on the right knee, and a little blood on the right ear. The internal organs were in a normal condition. The cause of death was asphyxia from drowning. I have not the slightest doubt as to the cause of death.

Elizabeth Nesto deposed that she was not the wife of the deceased, although she lived with him as such. Having corroborated the evidence of the witness Acott, she stated that the deceased did not follow her home from the Perseverance Hotel, which is about 2 miles distance. On the following morning, as the deceased did not return home, she went to the Perseverance Hotel, but did not see him alive again. Acott and deceased were always on friendly terms, so far as she knew.

Thos. Moffitt, one of the men referred to as being in the bar of the Perseverance Hotel when the deceased and Acott drove up, gave evidence of the assault on Acott.

Constable Feeley deposed that in company with Constable Luke, he found the body of the deceased under the Axe Creek bridge on the 26th, inst. There were marks showing deceased had been leaning over the bridge vomiting into the water. There was no trace of any scuttle.

The Coroner having summed up the evidence, the jury, after some deliberation, returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned.”

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THE CASE OF JAMES M’DONALD. (1884, April 29). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved July 10, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88998756

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Axedale Burial: Pascoe Family 1881 and 1883

AXEDALE CATHOLIC CEMETERY

JANE PASCOE

From: The Bendigo Advertiser (1855-1918) Monday 11 June 1883, Page 2

Death from Syncope. – Yesterday afternoon the coroner conducted an inquest at Drake’s Hotel, Axedale, on the body of a married woman named Jane Pascoe, who resided at Tooleen, and who died suddenly on Friday. Henry Pascoe, the husband of the deceased, deposed that his wife was 46 years of age. She was of stout build, but enjoyed good health, although she sometimes complained of pains in the region of the heart. On Thursday night she complained of pains in her left side, and on Friday morning, being no better, witness applied mustard plasters, but at about nine o’clock, or very shortly afterwards, she suddenly expired. Amelia Jane Pascoe, daughter of the deceased, stated that on Thursday and Friday, her mother was unable to leave her bed. At about nine’o’clock she was attending to her, when suddenly she turned up her eyes and expired. Dr. Hinchcliff, who made a post mortem examination of the body, testified to the cause of death as syncope from fatty degeneration of the heart. A verdict accordingly was returned.

ALICE PASCOE

From: The Bendigo Advertiser (1855-1918), Wednesday 28 December 1881, page 2

MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY.-Mr. O’Rourke, J.P., held, at Drake’s Hotel, Axedale, an inquiry yesterday, as to the cause of death of a female child between two and three years old named Alice Pascoe, who died at Toolleen on Monday morning after a short illness. No medical man having been in attendance, Dr. Penfold made a post mortem examination, and from it ascertained that death resulted from inflammation of the lungs.

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IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
OUR DEATH MOTHER
JANE PASCOE
WHO DIED 8TH JUNE 1883
AGED 45 YEARS
AND OF OUR DEAR SISTER ALICE
WHO DIED 26TH DECEMBER 1881
AGED 2 1/2 YEARS
RIP

THE BENDIGO ADVERTISER (1883, June 11). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved July 1, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88516883

“THE BENDIGO ADVERTISER” Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) 28 December 1881: 2. Web. 1 Jul 2021 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88621714

Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/167646089/jane-pascoe : accessed 01 July 2021), memorial page for Jane Pascoe (unknown–8 Jun 1883), Find a Grave Memorial ID 167646089, citing Axedale Catholic Cemetery, Axedale, Greater Bendigo City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by woowoo (contributor 49949980) .

Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/167646093/alice-pascoe : accessed 01 July 2021), memorial page for Alice Pascoe (unknown–26 Dec 1881), Find a Grave Memorial ID 167646093, citing Axedale General Cemetery, Axedale, Greater Bendigo City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by woowoo (contributor 49949980) .


Axedale Burials: Downey Family 1877-1910

AXEDALE CATHOLIC CEMETERY

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ERECTED BY
WILLIAM DOWNEY
THE MEMORY OF HIS BELOVED PARENTS
WIFE AND CHILDREN
BRIDGET TERESA DOWNEY
DIED AUG 1877. AGE 70
TIMOTHY DOWNEY
DIED FEB 1879 AGE 77
NATIVES OF CO. TIPPERARY, IRELAND
ANNIE
WIFE OF WILLIAM DOWNEY
DIED APRIL 1902. AGE 43
AND THEIR CHILDREN
TERESA
DIED JAN. 1880. AGE 2
DONNOL
DIED FEB 1899. AGE 11
MARGARETTA
DIED AUG. 1910. AGE 16
RIP

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