WILLIAM D. DAUGHERTY, More than any other one factor the railroad has developed the great resources of America,
Thousands of individual communities derive their importance from their close relations with some great railroad
system on which they are stationed, Very frequently the people of a community know a railroad in the personal sense
only through its local representative, and whether a railroad means much or little to a town and the degree of
esteem in which the transportation corporation stands in such locality very often depends upon the personality
of its representative.
The thriving little Village of Avery in Erie County has been particularly fortunate not only as a result of the
several splendid factories which have increased the life of the place but also on account of its location along
the line of the Nickel Plate Railway. For many years the Nickel Plate has been personified in the minds of local
citizens through the passenger and freight agent, the genial William D. Daugherty, who for nearly a quarter of
a century has been the efficient medium for the transaction of business between the railroad and the community.
Mr. Daugherty is the type of railroad man who renders a real service. He began serving this railway corporation
in March, 1890, as a telegraph operator at Kimball in Oxford Township, but after eighteen months was transferred
to Avery, and has since administered his duties on the chief transportation line through this locality with signal
ability and efficiency, and has also identified himself with community life and affairs, He stands high as a citizen,
as a churchman and as a member of the Masonic Order, and owns one of the most attractive and beautiful homes of
the village, While this is a small community it is a name which is gaining increasing prominence through associations
with important industries that have their seat there. The three principal industries are, first of all, the great
Hoover Manufacturing Company, and also a tile and brick company and sand company and elevator, all of which furnish
an immense traffic to the railroad at this point. Mr. Daugherty has a valuable faculty of being able to represent
faithfully and efficiently an uutside corporation and also to look carefully after the interests of his own community.
Besides his position as passenger and freight agent he has also served as the local postmaster since McKinley's
Though most of his life a resident of Ohio, William D. Daugherty was born in the Far West, at Nevada City, California,
January 29, 1866. He was six years of age when brought to Ohio by his mother, who located in Danville, Knox County,
Ohio, and he was reared and educated in that town His education was completed in a business college at the Danville
Normal. When quite a young man he entered the railroad service, and for more than a quarter of a century has been
closely identified with the Nickel Plate.
His parents were Dennis and Margaret (Kirby) Daugherty His mother was born in. Ireland, while his father was a
native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, having been born there not long after his people came to America. Dennis Daugherty
when quite a young man went with his parents to Iowa, and they were there among the pioneer settlers. Miss Kirby
also went to Iowa as a young woman. In 1850, during the gold excitement, Dennis Daugherty went across the plains
to California, riding one mule and leading another which carried his pack of supplies and equipment. On reaching
the coast he procured a mining claim and continued its working for several years. Returning to "the States"
in the same way as he had gone out, a journey that required several months at that time, he was married in Iowa
and soon afterwards started again for the West. He and his young wife made the journey this time in a wagon, and
spent day after day pushing steadily westward from the Missouri Valley to the Pacific Coast. For protection against
Indians and other dangers they kept in close company with other travelers, and a number of wagons were usually
drawn up for the camp at night. At Nevada City Dennis Daugherty secured a mine and conducted it successfully until
his death in the latter part of 1865. He was then about forty years of age and in the prime of life. William D.
Daugherty was born after the death of his father. A few months after his birth his mother returned to the East,
making the journey by vessel around Cape Horn to New York and thence west to Iowa, and spent some time in straightening
up the business affairs of her husband in Iowa. She then returned to California and married there Richard Banbury.
After a few years they returned East and by this time the transcontinental railway line, the Union Pacific, had
been completed and they made the journey over steel rails instead of by the tedious transportation methods previously
employed. They located at Danville, Ohio, where they spent the rest of their lives. Mrs. Danbury died there at
the age of forty five, survived several years by her husband. Mr. Daugherty has a half brother, Charles Danbury,
who was at one time deputy court clerk, served as a soldier in the Spanish-American war, and finally moved to Illinois,
where he died, leaving a widow and two children. Mr. Daugherty also had a sister, Mary, who died after her marriage
to Albert Emrick, leaving three children. Another brother, Edward Daugherty, is now cashier of the Danville Bank,
having formerly been a teacher, and by his marriage to Clara Workman has a daughter, Elizabeth, now the wife of
Wade Watson, a jeweler at Danville, Ohio.
In Berlin Township of Erie County William D. Daugherty married Miss Myra Dotson. She was born February 14, 1875,
grew up and was educated in her native township and at Collins, Ohio, and is a daughter of William Dotson, a family
to whom reference is made on other pages.
Mr. Daugherty is an active member of the Lodge dud Royal Arch chapters of Masons at Milan. and of the Council at
Norwalk He and his wife do much work in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Milan. He is a member of the official
board and his church is one of his chief interests. His father lived and died a Catholic, but his mother after
her second marriage became a Methodist and her children grew up in that faith. Politically Mr. Daugherty is a republican.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1916
Erie County, Ohio
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