Biography of Jacob F. Downey
Rush County, IN Biographies





JACOB F. DOWNEY, cashier of the Arlington Bank, at Arlington, is a native son of Rush county, having been born in December 15, 1859, and is the son of James H. and Lucinda L. (Price) Downey, both of whom were also born and reared in Rush county. The subject's paternal grandfather, Jacob Downey, was a native of Kentucky, but in an early day came to Rush county and entered land in what is now known as Jackson township. On this tract of eighty acres he established a comfortable home and there he reared his family of seven children, two sons and five daughters: William; James H., Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, Deborah and Rebecca. James H. Downey was educated in the Concord school of Jackson township and thereafter for some years he was successfully engaged in teaching school. Later he devoted his attention to farming, mostly in Posey township, where he owned 100 acres of land. To him and his wife were born two sons, John P and Jacob F. Jacob F. Downey secured his elementary education in the common schools of Posey township, attending in districts Nos. 2 and 5, and then attended the normal school at Carthage, walking six miles every morning and evening in order to secure this higher training. After completing his studies. Mr. Downey engaged in teaching school, and followed that vocation for sixteen years, fifteen years in Posey township and one year in Jackson township. During this same period Mr. Downey was also engaged in farming, cultivating his land during the summer seasons and teaching during the winter months. After he quit teaching he farmed and followed the carpenter trade for about ten years, when he was selected for the position of cashier of the Arlington Bank, of which he is still the incumbent. The Arlington Bank has been an influential factor in the business prosperity of this section of Rush county. Mr. Downey is the owner of 230 acres of land in Posey township. On September 27, 1882, Mr. Downey was married to Mary I Collins, who was born in Posey township, the daughter of William and Martha (Bentley) Collins. Mr. Collins was a successful farmer in Posey township, where he owned 123 acres of land. He and his wife became the parents of four children, gamely: Eli B., Mary I., Mrs. Downey, and Omer, who died at the age of eighteen years. To Mr. and Mrs. Downey have been born three children, Clarence E., who is a bookkeeper in the Arlington Bank and also operates a part of the home farm, married Golda Hauk and they have two children: Helen and Buford C.; Blanche became the wife of George J. Carwein, a farmer in Posey township, and they have three children: Cedric L., Carl D. and Lois R.; Forest G., who is discount clerk in the Indiana National Bank at Indianapolis, Indiana, married Hazel Field and they have one child, Frederick G. Forest is a veteran of the World war, having served a year, ten months of that time overseas, as a member of the band of the Three Hundred and Ninth Engineers. Mr. Downey is an active member of the Christian church at Arlington and in politics he maintains an independent attitude, preferring to vote for the men and measures which most nearly meet with his approval. Personally, he is genial and companionable and enjoys a large following of warm and loyal friends.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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