Barber County Kansas
Dr. Charles H. Downtain was born in Beth county, Kentucky, June 18th, 1841, and departed this life on Nov. 12th, 1901. He had been growing more feeble for several months and the end was not unexpected, yet it came with a shock, some of our people hardly knew he was sick.
Dr. Downtain was one of the early settlers. For a time he was engaged in farming and stock raising, he also practiced medicine some. He also held the office of Police Judge of Kiowa for two years, and was serving his second term as justice of the peace at the time of his death.
His health had been frail for years. Many will remember his feeble figure as he came from home to town leaning heavily on his cane.
The funeral services were in charge of the Masons of which order he was a member, Rev. Millsap, a former friend and intimate acquaintance, preached the funeral sermon, being assisted in the service by Revs. Messrs. Marsh and Dibbens. The church was beautifully decorated and a choir composed of singers from both churches sang appropriate hymns. - Kiowa News.
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