Biography of Sells S. Doty
Carroll County, IN Biographies





SELL S. DOTY.

Farmer, county surveyor, civil engineer and postmaster of Delphi, such in brief is the record of Sell S. Doty, a native of Carroll county and one of the best known citizens of the county. Before he engaged in farming, however, he was engaged for some four years in educational work in Carroll county, having previously received a liberal education in one of the country's leading normal schools. As postmaster of Delphi since June 1, 1915, he has given to the people of Delphi, the patrons of the Delphi public postoffice, a most capable and efficient administration and is popular not only in the rank of the Democratic party with which he is affiliated politically but with all classes of people, regardless of parties.

Sell S. Doty was born in Clay township, Carroll county, Indiana, on April 6, 1867. Mr. Doty's parents, Robert and Louisa (Felthoff) Doty were natives of Ohio and of Pennsylvania, respectively. They. were farmers by occupation. Robert Doty having come to Carroll county from the Buckeye state when he was a boy. Here he grew to manhood and, upon reaching maturity, engaged in farming. He died in 1879 at the age of fifty years. His wife had died about nine years previously at the age of thirty six. They were devoted members of the New. Light church. Of the ten children born to Robert and Louisa (Felthoff) Doty, three died early in life. Joseph resides at Flora, Indiana; Sarah is the wife of George Harner, of Radnor; Robert died when a young man; Alvin lives in Boone county; Augustus lives at Flora; Sell S. is the subject of this sketch; Jennie is the wife of Frank Strange. of Frankfort, Indiana.

Reared on a farm and educated in the district schools of Clay township, Sell S. Doty later became a student at the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso, Indiana, and afterward taught school for four. years. In the meantime, he purchased the farm of one hundred and ten acres which he still owns. In 1908 Mr. Doty, having been elected to the office of county surveyor for a term of four years, removed from the farm to Delphi. Upon the expiration of his term in 1912 he was engaged in civil engineering for about two years, but in 1914 received the appointment from President Wilson as postmaster in Delphi. Mr. Doty took his office on June 1, 1915.

On October 31, 1894, Sell S. Doty was married to Emma B. Squire, the daughter of David and Huldah (Grant) Squire, who has borne him three children, Ruby, Russell and C. Clay. Ruby died at the age of seventeen days and Russell at the age of eleven days.

Mrs. Doty is a native of Illinois, her father a native of Ohio, and her mother of Indiana. The mother died in 1895 and since this time her father has lived with the Doty family. David and Huldah (Grant) Squire had three children, Jolie, George G. and Emma. Mrs. Doty's paternal grandfather was Ezekiel Squire, a native of Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Doty are members of the New Light Christian church. Mr. Doty is a member of Mt. Olive Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons.; of Delphi Chapter No. 22, Royal Arch Mason; and of Delphi Commandery No. 40, Knights Templar; and of Murat Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to Delphi Lodge No. 28, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of Delphi Lodge. No. 80, Knights of Pythias. He belongs to the uniform rank Knights of Pythias, No. 86. Mrs. Doty is a member of the Daughters of Rebekah and the Order of the Eastern Star.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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