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McDOWELL, Mary 1826-1893


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/6/2011 at 12:08:23

County Treasurer Fred M. Allison this evening received a telegram from Onslow, Ia., informing him of the death of his mother, Mrs. Rev. R. M. McDowell at that place. Mrs. McDowell's illness extends back to last December when she was troubled by an inflammation on the ball of her right foot. An examination showed that gangrene had set in and it became necessary to amputate the great toe. This did not arrest the disease, and afterwards a considerable portion of the foot was amputated. The trouble spread however, and last evening the limb was amputated below the knee. She never recovered from the effects of the operation and died today at two o'clock. Mrs. McDowell was born in Cooperstown, Pa., 67 years ago and passed nearly all the years of her life in Venango county, Pa. She was a daughter of James and Susen Mason. On November 20, 1845, she was united in marriage with James Allison, and went to reside on a farm in Jackson township. In 1865, Mr. Allison having been elected county treasurer, they removed to Franklin, and resided in this city for eight years. Mr. Allison died March 30, 1876. Mrs. Allison married Rev. R. M. McDowell on March 13, 1883, and soon afterwards removed to Iowa, where she died. She leaves six children by her first husband as follows: Edward H. of Grundy Center, Iowa, prothonotary and clerk of Grundy county; Clara, wife of L. M. Beatty, of Des Moines, Ia.; Fred M. of this city; C. G., cashier of the First National Bank of Peterson, Ia.; J. Elmer, cashier of the Exchange Bank, Atkinson, Neb.; and Ella S., wife of Dr. E. G. Leffler of Onslow, Ia. Mrs. McDowell had made many acquaintances and many friends in Franklin and Venango county, who will learn of her death with sorrow. For many years she was a member of the Methodist church. So near to heaven had she lived through all the years of her life to her the journey through the dark valley of shadows must have been exceedingly short, but the closing of her eyes in this world to open them in eternity, to be with Christ, whose name she loved and whose child she was. The family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. --Oil City Derrick.

The remains, accompanied by the husband, Rev. McDowell, and the sons, E. H., J. Elmer and C. G. Allison, arrived in Grundy Center last Tuesday morning and were interred in Fairview cemetery. In her death a pure, unselfish life has closed, and while the sons have the sympathy of this community in the loss of one so dear to them, yet their greatest consolation is that she was a christian in its truest sense.

--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 May 1893


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