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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 922~




Among the citizens of Fayette county who have achieved honorable and noteworthy success through their own efforts, George E. Doughty occupies an enviable place, having at the start little capital except his own sterling qualities, these being supplemented, however, by a good education, represented by a diploma from the high school in Fayette.


George E. Doughty was born in Ogle county, Illinois, April 5, 1865. While still a young child his parents moved to Fayette county, where they settled, and with them he remained, completing his education and making his home with them until he was thirty-one years of age, when he married Emma Reed, who was born in Lansing, Iowa, on March 22, 1874, her parents being Joseph and Juliette (King) Reed. Mrs. Doughty enjoys the good fortune of inheriting excellent old Virginia blood, for her parents were natives of that state. After his marriage Mr. Doughty moved to Arlington, Fayette county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming, renting a tract on which he lived for two years, when he returned to Smithfield township, where, by reason of wise economy, forethought and thrift, he was able to purchase an excellent eighty-acre tract in section 32. He resided here for three years, when he sold this farm and moved to Bourbon county, Kansas, where he again bought an excellent tract, which he occupied for three years.


Mr. Doughty now decided to make his permanent home in Fayette county and returned there, buying a farm in Oran township, where he lived for two years, when he finally purchased his present home, one hundred and twenty acres of excellent land, which he has placed under a state of high cultivation. In politics, Mr. Doughty is a staunch and representative Republican, although he has never aspired to office nor sought political preferment, which might easily have been his.


Through a busy, strenuous life, he has found time to lend his influence and support to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he and his family are members and in which he is a trustee.


Six interesting children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Doughty, and in this family they have much justifiable pride. The eldest, Carol J. was born February 7, 1898. Then follow Forrest B., born June 10, 1901; Juliette A. and Elizabeth B. twins, on April 18, 1904; Sherman E., November 17, 1908, and the youngest on July 8, 1909.


In the success, materially and socially, which has come to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Doughty, is shown the result of perseverance and achievement under early difficulties, the sure reward of such effort, sustained under high and right ideals.

~transcribed for the Fayette County IAGenWeb Project by Mary Aldrich



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