ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
C. F. DOUGHTY
Probably no field of individual service is so exacting in many respects as
is that of funeral directing, and in no business have there been such radical
changes in methods and means as in this one. The Westcott Undertaking
Company, of Sioux City, is the leader in this line in Sioux City, and is the oldest
in point of continuous existence, having been first established here in
1882, when Sioux City was not much more than a village. The officers of this
company are Charles F. Doughty, president; Harry A. Chandler, vice-president;
and A. J. Hennessey, secretary and treasurer. They maintain one of the most
beautiful and well-equipped mortuaries to be found in the country, the building
containing a chapel, slumber rooms, display rooms, preparation rooms and
other conveniences that contribute to the proper conduct of such an
establishment according to the most modern ideas.
Charles Franklin Doughty was born at Kahoka, Clark county, Missouri, June
28, 1884, and is a son of John Wesley and Anna (Nickerson) Doughty. His father
was a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and the mother was born in Whitewater,
Wisconsin, in which city their marriage occurred. In his earlier career, the
father was for many years field man for the Iowa State Life Insurance
Company, and later was for twenty-five years identified with the undertaking
business in Keithsburg, Illinois, and Montrose and Spencer, Iowa. In 1920 he moved to Bakersfield, California, where he is still actively engaged in the undertaking business. The mother also is living.
Charles F. Doughty attended the public schools at Keithsburg, graduating
from the high school in 1902. During the ensuing three years he worked for his
father in the undertaking business. In 1905 the father leased a pearl button
factory in Montrose, Iowa, employing some fifty men, and Charles F. was
placed in charge of the factory. Three years later they bought the plant, in
which he became a partner, and continued the business until 1910, when they sold the plant. They then bought together a furniture and undertaking establishment in Spencer, Iowa, and Charles F. Doughty remained there until October 1,1919, when he bought an interest in the Westcott Undertaking Company, of Sioux City, with which he has since remained identified, being the president of the company. Years of experience and a natural aptitude for this exacting line of work has made him an expert in the handling of funerals, his thoughtful attention to details and to the wishes of his patrons being greatly appreciated by them.
On October 21, 1913, Mr. Doughty was united in marriage to Miss Lillian
Bock, of Lake Park, Iowa, and they are the parents of a daughter, Charlotte Ann.
Mr. Doughty is a member of Landmark Lodge, No. 103, A. F. & A. M.; Sioux
City Chapter, No. 26, R. A. M.; Columbian Commandery, No. 18, K. T.; Sioux City
Consistory, No. 5, A. A. S. R.; Abu-Bekr Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; Rose
Croiz Chapter, No. 400, O. E. S., of which Mrs. Doughty is a past worthy matron;
and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. He also belongs to Woodbury
Lodge, No. 98, K. P.; the Pythian Sisters; Homestead, No. 241, Brotherhood
of American Yeomen, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, the Knife and Fork Club, the Lions Club, the Sioux City Boat Club and the Izaak Walton League of America. He and his family are
members of the First Methodist Episcopal church. Personally Mr. Doughty is a gentleman of pleasing address, courteous and kindly in all his relations, and efficient and conscientious in the performance of every duty. Because of these attributes, he has won a large circle of warm friends, and throughout the community he is held in high esteem.
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