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 - G. A. McLAiN, President. J. M. MARSHALL,...
G. A. McLAiN, President. J. M. MARSHALL, Secretary. . •» . Editor Dead. James E. Downes, asssistant^editor of the Fulton county News, and one of the best known newspaper men in the state, was found dead in his home at McConnellsville, Monday, aged 55 years. During the Civil war he was editor of a paper at Kittanning, which was burned by Federal troops, Downes being a strong southern sympathizer. He worked ou different papers in Pittsburg at various times. He was a chum of "Bob" Burdette, they learning their trades together in Indiana, Pa.—Apollo Herald. There are several mistakes in the above. Downes was foreman on the "Kittanning Mentor," edited and published by Alex. M. Fulton, a brother-in- law of Hon. A. W. Kimmel, of this place. In 1862 Fulton advocated the holding of peace meetings, and several were held in Armstrong county, where the Lincoln administration was urged to let the erring (rebel) brethren go in peace. A number of the 78th Pa. regiment, at home on a furlough, ou the night preceding Thanksgiving day in 1862 broke into the Mentor office, pied all the cases and standing type, carrying some of the tanding matter to the street and sowing it broadcast and other portions were thrown in the river. The toggles of the press were taken away and afterwards recovered in the water closet of the Mc- )ombs House. The paper appeared as usual the following week and continued until purchased by John Rohrer, who lontinued its publication as the Sentinel. Downes was a "peace Democrat," jut not any more pronounced in his views in the early days of the Civil war than thousands of his party asso- iiates both in Armstrong county and ilsewhere in the country. He learned he printing trade at McConnellsburg, where he was born and died. He came 10 Indiana to work on the Democrat, published then by the late James B. Ransom. They were blood relations. Bob" Burdette was in Indiana once, his stay lasting one day. Robert was on a lecturing tour then, not here at the time, and f he ever met Burdette. Downes was it is doubtful

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  1. The Indiana Weekly Messenger,
  2. 25 Jul 1900, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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