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Simeon Locke "Squire" Doggett 1829-1914

DOGGETT, SHERWOOD, WATTON

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Date: 9/26/2019 at 23:43:17

Manchester Democrat, Wednesday, Aug 19, 1914, Manchester, IA, Page: 2

S. L. DOGGETT DIED IN SPRINGFIRLD, MASS.
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Former Manchester Resident Passes Away at Home of His Son
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Came to Delaware County in 1855
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MAYOR OF THIS CITY FOR SEVEN TERMS
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S. L. Doggett died at the home of his son, Dr. L. L. Doggett, at Springfield, Massachusetts, on July 31, the sad information just being received here. “Squire” Doggett was for over fifty years a resident and highly honored resident of Manchester, and his old time friends here will learn of his death with regret. About three weeks ago he left this city to make his home with his son, Lawrence. The following obituary was taken from the Springfield Republican.
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Simeon Locke Doggett, 85, died on July 31st at the home of his son Dr. Lawrence L. Doggett of 60 Northampton Avenue. Mr. Doggett had made his home with his son since September, 1911. He was born in Charleston, S. C., March 29, 1829. He came of New England lineage and traced his ancestors back to 1637. His father was Samuel Well Doggett of Mendon, and his mother, Harriett Watton of Charleston. When he was eight years old his parents moved back from to Charleston to Mendon and there Mr. Doggett received his early education. Later he studied law in Worcester and taught school in a number of Massachusetts towns, he was admitted to the bar at Worcester about 60 years ago. In 1855 he removed to Manchester, Iowa, when that state was in its early stages of settlement.

Mr. Doggett married the following year, Mary Ann White of Walpole. For 50 years he practiced law in Manchester. At one time he conducted an academy for boys, was president of the school board and was always active in the public life of the time. For 40 years he was justice of the peace. He was also active in the church life in the town and often preached in the Congregational Church in the absence of a regular pastor. At one time he edited the local paper there and he was always in demand as a public speaker. One of his chief educational interests was a Shakespearean club, of which he was president.

Mr. Doggett has three children, of whom Dr. L. L. Doggett is the only survivor. One son, Watton Doggett, died at the age of 2 ½ years, and his daughter, Mrs. John Hall Sherwood of Cambridge, died in November, 1912. Mrs. Doggett died in this city shortly after their coming here in 1911. Mr. Doggett had strong literally tastes, and while he had been in Springfield he devoted much of his time to reading. While living in Iowa he wrote a great deal, and one of his songs, written at the time of the border warfare, was widely sung. He had a store of interesting reminiscences of pioneer life and of southern life in Charleston. The funeral was held at the home on August 2nd, Dr. W. G. Ballantine officiated. The burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.


 

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