W. A. Downing
From the Deed Record Book, p. 543
Deeded to the Women’s Club on Dec. 12, 1930
by Marion Downing Morrison as requested in the will of Wallace A Downing
“At any time the use of said property be
discontinued as a women’s club and memorial to my parents, it shall
revert to me or my daughter, Georgianna Morrison Ely and Maren Downing
Morrison or their children.”
House located in the Ashland Addition of
Kearney Junction at 723 W 22nd St.
1880 – Kearney, Buffalo County
Nebraska, June 7 & 8, 1880
Downing, Wallace A – 39, married, harness
maker, born in Vermont, parents born in Vermont
Susannah – 28, married, keeping
house, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Scotland
Maron D. – 10, daughter, born in
Georgia M. – 3, daughter, born in
Richardson, Wm H. N. – 16, nephew, harness
maker, born in Wisconsin, father born in Wisconsin, mother born
in Scotland [Susannah’s nephew]
Bent, Judie – 18, servant, born in Ohio, both
parents born in Ohio
1900 – 723 W 22nd
St., Third Ward, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, 12, June, 1900
Downing, W A – 59, born Apr 1841, married 30
yrs, merch. harness, born in Vermont
Susonah – 48, born Dec 1851, married 30 yrs, 2 children 1 living, born in
Wisconsin, father born in
Illinois, mother born in New York
1910 – 723 W 22nd
St., Third Ward, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, April 23,1910
Downing, Wallace A – 68, 1st
marriage, married 43 years, own income, born in Vermont
Susana – 61, 1st marriage, married
43 years, 2 children, 1 living, born in Wisconsin, father born in
mother born in Scotland
Downing, Wallace – 1530, 4 East, 70, died
Downing, Susanna – 1530, 5 East, 78 yr, 9 mo,
2 da, died 9/10/1927, bronchitis
Downing, Jane M. – 1530, 8 East, 72, died
Downing, Georgia – 1530, 1 East, 6, buried
1/28/1885 [no cause of death]
Apr. 28, 1890 – “Mrs. Jane Downing will soon
have a new and beautiful residence at seventy avenue between Twenty-first
and Twenty-second streets. It will cost nearly $2,000.”
Dec. 9, 1891 – Eyesight May Be Impaired
Mrs. Downing, of 5th ave between
21st & 22nd was injured when a piece of wood flew up
and hit her in the eye when she was cutting kindling wood. She is mother of
W A & R L Downing.
Jan. 5, 1895 – W A Downing petitioned to be
administrator of his recently deceased mother’s estate.
Mar. 13, 1895 – Rev. Hayden rented the former
home of Mrs. Downing on Seventh Ave between 21st & 22nd.
Jan 2, 1912 – Wallace Downing died Jan 1 if
stroke after a year of failing health. Had a stroke a year ago while in
Texas for failing health. Returned home, seemed to improve. Went to
Florida last fall, no beneficial results, had trunks packed to return to
Kearney when he had the second stroke.
Born in Vermont Apr 27, 1841.
Came to Kearney in 1872, in harness and saddle business. Retired about a
year ago when his health began to fail.
President of Kearney National
Bank for several years; one of 7 directors who built the Opera House.
Served several terms on the Kearney City Council. Represented Kearney on
the County Board of Supervisors.
Had two brothers left at the
time of his death
George – owner of
Kearney Floral & the Kearney Steam Laundry
Rollin – living in
Los Angeles, on world tour last heard from in India
See also: Kearney Floral