Milton O. Doolittle. As owner and proprietor of the Calvert Laundry, 22 East Temple Court, Mr. Doolittle is
recognized as one of the able and highly successful business men of Mansfield and Richland County. He was born
in Madison Township, Richland County, March 27, 1880, the son of Capt. Lucius O. and Martha (Watkinson) Doolittle.
Capt. Lucius O. Doolittle served throughout the Civil War. He was a native of Vermont and his wife was born in
England. As a boy Lucius O. Doolittle came to Richland County with his parents. At the outbreak of the Civil War
he enlisted in Company G, 15th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served with the rank of sergeant, later being
promoted to captain. He was in the service for a period of four years and six months. After his discharge, Mr.
Doolittle came to Mansfield, where he engaged in the dry goods business with a Mr. Robinson. Later, he was associated
with the grocery firm of Askew & Doolittle. Mr. Doolittle also owned a fine farm in Madison Township, where
he spent the latter part of his life. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried at Mansfield. He was a Republican,
a member of Grace Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle the
following children were born: Herbert O., lives in Madison Township; Martha, married M. F. Leppo, lives in Springfield
Township, Richland County; James S., lives at Mansfield; William W., lives in Springfield Township; Rufus Percival,
lives in Madison Township; Mary, married Frank Dent, lives at Hammond, Ind.; and Milton O,, the subject of this
Milton O. Doolitttle received his education in the public schools of Mansfield. He then entered the shops of the
Mansfield Machine Works, where he studied engineering. He also took a correspondence course in mechanical engineering
from the International Correspondence School, Scranton, Pa. Mr. Doolittle later spent 17 years as an engineer with
the American Tobacco Company and still holds a license as a first-class engineer. He became interested in business
in 1916 and purchased the Calvert Laundry from the estate of the late J. M. Calvert. The plant has been completely
remodeled by Mr. Doolittle and it is considered the finest and best equipped laundry in the county. They do general
laundry work and also render towel and linen service. Approximately 30 people are employed and four motor trucks
are operated by the company.
In 1906 Mr. Doolittle was united in marriage with Miss Emma Neel, the daughter of John S. and Henrietta (Patterson)
Neel, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Carroll County, Ohio. Both are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle
have no children.
Mr. Doolittle is a Republican, a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, and Chamber of Commerce. He has the following
lodge affiliations: Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35, Past Master, 1917; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No.
28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd
degree; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Al Koran Temple; Mystic Club; Mansfield Shrine Club; Mansfield Scottish
Rite Society; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56. He also belongs to West Brook Country Club. He is a member of the National
and Ohio State Laundryowners' Association.
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Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
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