Downing , M., Bloomfield was born Jan 19, 1833, in Fountain Co., IN, and came to Davis Co., IA, with his mother in 1848, his father having died while he was very young; they located in Salt Creek twp, where he grew to manhood on the farm, being educated in the common schools. At the age of 20 he commenced teaching, and taught during the winter for 23 years, and farmed during the summer. In 1863 he began preaching in the Christian church, continuing it for 15 yrs. In 1869 he was elected County Superintendent, and held the office one term. In 1878, he came to Bloomfield and accepted the office of deputy treasurer, where he remained two yrs; then taught one term in the city schools, after which he clerked in stores, being engaged with Moore, Dilliner, & Co. He was ordained a minister in the Christian church 1863, and has performed more marriage ceremonies than any other man in the county, numbering 191 (@ time of print- 1882); the first being Feb. 22, 1863 Conrad Ritz to Miss Ellen Bales. Mr. Downing was married May 28,1850, to Miss Martha Robbins, a native of Indiana, and they have had six children.
History of Davis County, 1882