Clark and Jackson
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FRANKLIN DOWNER was born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, September 28, 1825, and is a son of Solomon and
Martha (Huntingdon) Downer, natives of the same county and State. The paternal grandparents were natives of Connecticut,
and the paternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of the Revolution. The maternal grandparents were born in
Nova Scotia. Solomon Downer and wife were horn, reared and married in Vermont, and there they lived and died. He
was a soldier in the war of 1812; he was a fanner by occupation, and accum ulated considerable property. There
were seven children born to this worthy couple: Wooster, Jason, Chester, Susan, Franklin, Albert and Alice. The
three eldest are dead.
The subject of this notice passed his childhood and youth in his native county, and there received his education
in the common schools; he made the most of his opportunities for acquiring an education; for a few years later
we find him occupying the position of schoolmaster in the village of Chatham, Massachusetts. There he remained
for four years. and in the season he was not engaged in teaching he followed cod fishing.
It was in the year 1854 that he bade farewell to the scenes of his earlier days, and started out to seek his fortune
in the great West. He came to Wisconsin, and after one year he entered 160 acres of land,section 15, Hixton Township,
and irnniediately set about improving it, and reducing it to a state of culture; be has not been idle all these
years. and now has eighty acres which he plants every year. During the late civil war he embarked in the mercantile
trade at Hixton, and carried on the business successfully for eleven years; at the end of that time he disposed
of his interests there, and has since devoted his energies to agriculture. The breeding and raising of livestock
has received more or less attention from this progressive farmer, and this branch of the business has been handled
with good results.
Being a man of wide information and liberal views, Mr. Downer is independent in his polities. He has held many
of the local offices, and has given entire satisfaction in the discharge of the duties attached thereto,
May 9. 1864. he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Hewitt, of Neillsville, Wisconsin. She was born in the State
of New York. She passed from this life in the year 1586, aged forty-four years.
Mr. and Mrs. Downer are the parents of two children: Lillie M., born June 10, 1865, and Solomon J., born December
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
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