James & Anna (Dever) Dowling

James & Anna Dowling
Buried: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk County, WI

The following article appeared in The Baraboo Evening News:

Saturday, April 16, 1904
FIFTY YEARS

Have Mr. and Mrs. James Dowling Been Married.

Last evening at their home in this city, Mr. and Mrs. James Dowling celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, about forty relatives and friends being present between the hours of 7 and 11 p.m. There was much merriment and feasting on account of the happy event, and each of the children gave a twenty-dollar gold piece to the honored couple. There were many other beautiful presents from friends.

The wedding cake was rich in trimmings of gold and bore the figures 1854 and 1904. It was a huge three-story affair, with a mansard and railing on top to keep the little cupids from falling off. It was baked and built in Eau Claire under the supervision of three of the children who live there. Other refreshments of sandwiches, tea, coffee, ice cream, Etc., were served.

Mr. James Dowling was born in Roscoman county, Ireland, August 12, 1826, and Mrs. Dowling in Donegal county, Ireland, Nov. 1, 1837. Their love affair was in Pittsburg, Pa. where they were married in 1854, and in 1856 they came to Baraboo where they have resided most of the time since. They moved to Providence, R. I. in 1869, but returned to Baraboo in 1876.

Eleven children blessed their union, nine of whom are now living. There are 31 grandchildren. The children are James Dowling and Mrs. Mary Holland of Providence, R. I.; Thos Dowling, Eddie Dowling and Mrs. Aggie Bock of Eau Claire; John Dowling of Everett, Wash., Mrs. Kate Rackett of Chicago (now in England); Grace Dowling of Baraboo; Michael Dowling of Chicago. All of the children were present except Mary, John and Kate. Besides the other halves and families of some of the children, Miss Lona Binder of Eau Claire, was also present.

May Mr. and Mrs. Dowling live to enjoy many more happy anniversaries, is the wish of their host of friends.


The following obituaries appeared in the Baraboo Daily News:

Friday, October 12, 1917
Obituary
Mrs. James Dowling

Ann Dever was born November 1, 1836, in Killibegs county, Donegal, Ireland, and died this morning at 6:15 at her home, 334 Fifth street, Baraboo. She was married to James Dowling at Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1854. Eleven children blessed this union, nine of whom are living. They are: James, Hartford, Conn.; Thomas, Lincoln, Nebr.; John, Everett, Wash.; Michael, Chicago, Ill.; Edward, Eau Claire; Mary Ann Holland, Providence, R. I.; Mrs. A. W. Rock, Eau Claire; Mrs. Catherine Rackett and Grace Dowling, Baraboo. The husband also survives, being aged 95 years. Mr. and Mrs. Dowling celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on April 14, 1904. They also celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Mrs. Dowling was a hard and faithful worker and had won many friends by her kindly ways, who mourn her demise.

Funeral services Monday, October 15, from St. Joseph's church. Relatives from out of town who are expected are: James Dowling, Webster; Mrs. M. G. Sweeny, Sheldon, Ia.;


Monday, October 15, 1917
Obituary
Mrs. James Dowling

Funeral services for Mrs. James Dowling were held this morning at 9:30 at St. Joseph's church, Rev. E. C. O'Rielly officiating. The regular church choir furnished the singing. Pallbearers were J. J. Raymour, Price Williams, W. J. Powers, R. C. Fogle, Richard Maloney and T. R. Gleeson of Duluth. Interment was in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Among those from out of town were T. R. Gleeson, Duluth; Mrs. M. G. Sweeny, Sheldon, Ia.; James Dever, Webster; Paul Dowling, St. Louis, Mo.; Edward Dowling; Mrs. James Bock, Eau Claire; Thomas Dowling, Lincoln, Nebr.; Michael, Chicago; James Dowling, Providence, R. I., and Lamoine Rackett of Chicago.


Monday, November 5, 1917
James Dowling

James Dowling died at his home at 332 Fifth street this morning about 1:30. Deceased was born at Killgraffin, Roscomon, Ireland, in 1822, being about 95 years old. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Ann Dever at Pittsburgh, and April 14, 1904, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Dowling preceded him in death about three weeks. Mr. Dowling was a retired railroad employee and an old pioneer of Baraboo.

Eleven children blessed this union, nine of whom are living. They are: James, Hartford, Conn.; Thomas, Lincoln, Nebr.; John, Everett, Wash.; Michael, Chicago, Ill; Edward, Eau Claire; Mary All Holland, Providence, R. I., Mrs. A. W. Rock, Eau Claire; Mrs. Catherine Rackett and Grace Dowling, Baraboo.

Funeral Wednesday morning at 9:30 from St. Joseph's church. Interment in St. Joseph's cemetery.


Friday, November 9, 1917
Obituary
James Dowling

Funeral services for James Dowling were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the St. Joseph church, Rev. E. C. O'Reilly officiating. The singing was furnished by the regular church choir. The pallbearers were James Wiley, T. P. Foley, Patrick Davenport, E. Clark, Ambrose Kelley, T. Desmond and Mr. Gleeson of Milwaukee. Interment was in St. Poseph's cemetery. Among those from out of town to attend were:

Thomas Dowling, Nebraska; Edward Dowling, Eau Claire; Michael Dowling, Chicago; Mrs. Bock, Eau Claire, and La Moine Rackett, Chicago.