Eliza Ashdown wife of John Ashdown
"80 YEARS YOUNG." Hempstead Has a Fine Example of Longevity in Person of Mrs. Eliza Ashdown. (Special to The Eagle.) Hempstead, January 10 The eightieth birthday of Mrs. Eliza Ashdown was well remembered by her many friends here on Sunday, last. "Eighty years young" was the manner in which the Rev. W. H. Burgwin extended his congratulations to Mrs. Ashdown, after services on Sunday morning. For about sixty years Mrs. Ashdown has attended tho Methodist Church, and has been an earnest and regular member. Born in England. Mrs. Ashdown came to Unlondale in 1S65 as a young matron, with her husband, the late John Ashdown, who died about six years ago at the age of 92 years. The mother of five children, Mrs. Emily Newman. Edward Ashdown and Alfred Ashdown of Hempstead, and Henry and Frank Ashdown of Freeport. she Is the happy grandmoth-r of twenty-three grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. For over a half century Mr. and Mrs. Ashdown lived In Unlondale, the latter coming to Hempstead on the death of her husband. As the evangelistic leader of the Hempstead W. C. T. U., Mrs. Ashdown is greatly interested In tho cause of temperance, and It is inspiring to listen io her prayers for the cause. Mrs. Ashdown is still active, despite her advanced age, in church work. She Is much beloved and received about forty post cards with greetings for many happy birthdays to come. Flowers, and a wonderful birthday cake with "80" on the top, wera some of the gifts. "The happiest birthday of my life" said Mrs. Ashdown. In her girlhood she lived in Williamsburg, and remembers South Seventh street when an apple orchard grew to the water's edge. No street cars ran there, not even a stage. Grand street was simply a wide country lane, with a few cottages on It.