Museum the New Llano Colony



John C. Dougherty (Alternate spelling Daugherty)

Birth: Born in 1910 in Texas.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he was a baby living in Texas with his parents.

His father, W.A., came to the colony in August 1918 with 22 head of Holstein calves and heifers, 200 fig and 500 plum trees. John and his mother followed in October of that year.  

Family Information: Son of W.A. and Martha Dougherty.

He married Winnie Ogden on July 13, 1931, officiated by Dr. Samuel Irwin of the Christian Commonwealth Community.

 

Job in Colony: In 1922 he was part of a group of students who worked in the cafeteria -- shelling peanuts, setting tables, getting dinner together and washing dishes -- along with Alice Jaques, Albert Kapotsy, Beulah Gaddis, Ruby Synoground, Laura Merrill, Laura Synoground, Margaret Seelye, Emma Kapotsy, Vinita Thurman, Nellie Kemp, Margaret Kapotsy, Rachel Jaques and Dora Cryer.

In late April 1928 the crew at the cut-off saw consisted of Condon, F. Jensen, John Dougherty, Dane and McGee while Extrom and Shipman helped the carpenter kiddies to pile the lumber.

In June 1928 Tom and Alex Davidson, Hough, Waters, McClurg, Dougherty, Rosenburg, Mardfin, Weislander and Harold Kemp were working hard to make up for time lost to rainy days.

In July 1931 the veneer plant was going in full force with Johnny Dougherty, Long, Ole Synoground, Carl Bradshaw, George Jensen, Slaughter, Ray Bradshaw, Fred Hamel, Hoag and Roede on the job; as well as Bennie Brown, Jimmie Brown, Helen Joe Dougherty, Lucille Oberlitner, Rhea Mae Baldwin, George Maki and Jimmie Dix.

In 1931, helping out in the laundry; in 1932 he was inside the steam boiler, shoveling out loose brick, cement and other debris; and in 1933 he and Lionel Crossland had to deliver ice after Roy McClean twisted his knee while fixing a flat tire on the ice truck.

Over at the store window you will see the big blue bird on the NRA (National Recovery Administration) poster. No business until eight o'clock. But that [sign] doesn't appear in the laundry window. No competition there. Johnny Dougherty, Mrs. Dupros, Mrs. Gaylord, Mrs. Ribbing and the girls -- when they are there -- just stick to the job until it is done.

By 1934 was in charge at the laundry -- in September 1934 Mrs. Ribbing and Vivian Crossland were doing the ironing while John and Thelma Perkins hung clothing out to dry. Arlene Watson was sprinkling the clothes while Mrs. Hullinger and Mrs. Watson were busy helping all the others.  

Home in Colony: In 1932, he and Winnie moved into the rooms vacated after his mother and the Skinner family moved into the Ole Synoground house (the Synogrounds having gone to Premont, Texas to run that unit).  

Other Info:

He was one of the members of the colony when Geroge Pickett first named General Manager.

He was part of the orchestra at one of the largest dances of the time, along with William Bingham, Bill DeBoer, Fred Hamel, Florence Hamel, Raymond de Faussell, Earl Swenson, Louis Roedemeister, Ed Loope, Ivy Loope and Bohnstedt (?).

In November 1933 the weekly bridge club met at the new home of Mrs. Myrtle Bradshaw. Those present were Misses Ruth Shoemaker, Vivian Busick, Mary Lou Monk, Doris Layer, Rhea Baldwin, Lloyd Potter, Earl Swenson, Lionel Crossland, Roy McClean, John Dougherty and Fred Busick.

After the May Day Revolution of 1935, he signed a statement supporting John Szpila's letter, which had been published in the September 21, 1935 issue of the "Llano Colonist" and spelled out the reason's the overthrow of former General Manager, George T. Pickett, had been necessary.

Notice inside the shoe repair shop:
If you want your shoes rebuilt, go to Ed Clark.
If you want your shirts mended, go to Ida Ann Bartlett.
If you want your socks washed, go to John Dougherty.
If you want work, go to Ralph Field, don't hang around here.



Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was boarding with Joseph and Louise Gaddis in Chicago, Illinois, along with nine other lodgers, while he worked as a salesman for a dental manufacturie.

He enlisted in the US Army on July 20, 1943 and was released from duty October 12, 1945.  

Death: Died in 1990 in Illinois.  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": April 21, 1928, June 30, 1928, September 14, 1929, July 4, 1931, July 11, 1931, July 25, 1931, September 26, 1931, November 21, 1931, June 4, 1932, April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924), August 19, 1933, October 28, 1933, November 4, 1933, November 11, 1933, March 31, 1934, July 28, 1934, October 12, 1935; US Census: 1910, 1920, 1940; "Can We Cooperate?" by Bob Brown; US Dept. of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File; US SSDI  

Left Top: Llano children involved in the 1918 play, "Pandora": (Front row L to R) Ross Brown, Mabel Synoground, Lois Will, unknown, Roberta 'Pete' Will, Mary Bellrawski, Ruby Synoground, John Dougherty; (Back row L to R) Irene Brown, Nellie Kemp, Rosa Matz, Elizabeth Brown, Mr. Cryer and his sister Dora Cryer.

Left Bottom: (L to R) Victor and Beulah Gaddis, John Dougherty in Chicago -- possibly when he was lodging with their parents.

Center: Clipping from the Vernon Parish Democrat, April 28, 1921.

Right Bottom: (L to R) Bennie Wade Hewitt, John Daugherty, John Alred, (Dub) Killian, Cletus Killian.