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William Henry "Harry" Doak (1933)


Posted By: Treva Patterson
Date: 2/4/2007 at 16:22:32

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, October 19, 1933


Prominent Madison County Resident Was 72 Years Old

William Henry Doak, veteran Winterset business man and Madison county farmer, ended a long illness in death at his home here last Friday. He was 72 years old.

Harry Doak, as he was known, first came to Madison county 54 years ago. He was born in Hancock county, Illinois, on March 24, 1851 but when still an infant was taken by his parents to Pennsylvania and later to Wethersfield, New York.

In 1879 Mr. Doak moved to Madison county, where he has since lived with the exception of ten years when he engaged in the implement business in Dexter. He operated several farms in Madison county and for many years was a member of the implement firm of Hartsook & Doak. He was a member of the board of directors of the Citizens National bank for a number of years.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Calla Farquhar Doak, a daughter, Frances of Winterset; three brothers John M. of Olga, Washington, Samuel H. of Winterset and Edmund of Buffalo, Montana; and one sister, Miss Lucy Doak of Winterset.

Funeral services were held Sunday at Tidrick's funeral home. The Rev. R. C. Clully was in charge of the rites. Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, October 19, 1933
Page 1, Column 2


Retired From The Implement Business In 1918 To Devote Time To Farms

W. H. Doak, 72, former implement dealer and widely known throughout Madison county where he had lived since 1879, died Friday afternoon at his home on east Court avenue, following an illness of several months.

Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Tidrick funeral home by Dr. R. C. Cully of the First Presbyterian church; burial was in the Winterset cemetery.

Mister Doak was the son of Samuel Hughes and Isabella Myers Doak and was born in Hancock county, Illinois, March 24, 1861. In 1862 the family returned to Pennsylvania living there until 1875 when they moved to Wethersfield, New York. In 1879 Mister Doak came to Madison county where the remainder of his life was spent with the exception of a few years which he spent in the implement business at Dexter.

His marriage to Miss Calla Farquahar took place January 10, 1907. The family lived two years on a farm at Tileville, returning to Winterset where he entered the implement business from which he retired in 1918 to devote his time to farm interests. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and Knights of Pythias several years.

Those who survive are his wife and daughter Frances; three brothers and a sister, John M. of Olga, Washington; S. H. of Winterset; Edmund of Buffalo, Montana, and Miss Lucy Doak of Winterset.


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