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HISTORY of CERRO GORDO COUNTY, IOWA
WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 587-89. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910

BIOGRAPHY ~ DANIEL JOSEPH DOUGHERTY

Daniel J. Dougherty, son and namesake of the stalwart Iowa pioneer, Daniel Dougherty, is one of the county's progressive agriculturists, owning a well improved farm of three hundred and sixty acres located in section 36 of the township which bears the family name. He was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1858, and was a lad five years of age when his parents came to Cerro Gordo county. Here he grew to manhood and received a good graded school education. He remained at home until his marriage in 1896, assisting in the affairs of his father's estate and he also engaged in the cultivation of land of his own which he had purchased when about twenty years of age. His home is situated upon a farm of two hundred and forty acres, all of which he as improved himself, and the place is very modern and attractive. He owns a hundred and twenty acres elsewhere and engages in general farming and the raising and feeding of cattle and hogs.

Daniel Dougherty like his father, gives and unfaltering support to the Democratic party. He has served as school director and has been secretary of the school board to twenty-five years. At the present day he holds the office of township trustee. He is a progressive agriculturist and belongs to the Farmers' Co-operative Society of Dougherty. He and his family are communicants of St. Patrick's Catholic church.

On September 23, 1896, Mr. Dougherty took as his wife Miss Mary M. Mullen, born in Franklin county, Iowa, February 28, 1872. A fine family of six children is growing to young manhood and womanhood beneath the home roof. They are by names, Cecelia, John L., Lewella, Robert, Edward and Daniel J. Mr. Dougherty's parents were Robert and Ellen (Monoghan) Mullen, the former born in Stephenson county, Illinois, August 13, 1841 and the latter in Ireland in 1846. Their marriage date was February 20, 1870.

Mrs. Dougherty is the eldest in a family of eight children, the other being, Ellen, wife of Barney Dougherty of Dougherty township; John, residing in Dougherty; Margaret, wife of Michael McGee, a resident of Floyd county, Iowa; Walter living in Aredale, Iowa; Sarah, at home; Charles, living in Kentucky; and Daniel, at home. In 1845 Mr. Mullen came to Green county, Wisconsin, two yoke of oxen constituting the means of transporation (sic). He was educated in the graded schools and left home in 1869, coming to Franklin county, Iowa. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres of wild land, and not being in the least afraid of hard work soon had it in a productive condition. He is a man of high executive ability and a farmer who recognizes the value of employing scientific methods and he has come to be one of the large land owners of Cerro Gordo county, where he owns nine hundred and twenty acres. He also possesses one hundred and sixty acres in Bullen county and one hundred and sixty acres in Floyd county. In 1892 Mr. Mullen retired and came to reside in Dougherty. He is vice president of the First National Bank and devotes much his time to looking after his land.

NOTE: Daniel Joseph Dougherty died on July 26, 1936. Mary Jane (Mullen) Dougherty died on April 26, 1941. They were interred at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dougherty IA.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2014

 

 

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