| ||Notes for KENNETH RAYMOND DOUGHERTY:|
Kenneth's nickname was "Kenny".Almost everyone called him Kenny except his sister, Mary.She always called him Kenneth.
The Doughertys were written about in The Hawk-Eye newspaper, Burlington, Iowa, February 26, 1962:
"GLENN ORBIT RUINS EGGS
"LOMAX, Ill. -- While discussing Project Mercury at the Lomax postoffice recently, Kenneth Dougherty, Santa Fe operator, said the space flight prevented him from having eggs that day, according to Mrs. E. T. Carlson.
"Mrs. Carlson said Dougherty's wife became so engrossed in the television account of the flight that she forgot about the eggs she was boiling in the kitchen.They boiled dry, then blew up all over the kitchen, burned a hole in the pan and the pan fell off the stove onto the rug and burned a hole in the rug."
The following article is from the Henderson County Quill, Stronghurst, Illinois, December 1973:
"SANTA FE FREIGHT AGENT RETIRES
"K. R. Dougherty local freight agent here retires at the close of work December 14, 1973 after 47 years of service.
"Mr. Dougherty started work as a operator at Decorra, Ill., March 10, 1925.He worked on the extra list until coming to Decorra in Sept. of that year.In April 1927, he was forced to move near Joliet.He met Erma Curry and they were married June 28, 1927.
"They moved back to Stronghurst in July 1931 and remained here until 1939 when they moved near Toluca then returned to Lomax September 1941 where they now reside.
"They plan to spend Christmas in New Jersey with the grandchildren and then return and travel west to Arizona and California."
The following teletype message was sent to Ken by Mr. Rose, The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Topeka, Kansas:
"TOPEKA 406PM DEC 13 1973
"DEAR KENNEY I AM ADVISED YOU WILL RETIRE FROM ACTIVE SERVICE CLOSE OF WORK DEC 14.PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONGRATULATIONS ON CONCLUDING A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER ON THE SANTA FE YOUR RECORD IS THE ULTIMATE OF A FINE REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS COMPANY ALSO SINCERE THANKS FOR COOPERATION WHICH HAS HELPED TO LIGHTEN MY LOAD ON MANY OCCASIONS MERRY XMAS O-I
"C R ROSE"
The following is from the retirement certificate presented to Kenneth Dougherty:
"Santa Fe Certificate of Honor
"Presented to Kenneth R. Dougherty upon retirement and in recognition of 46 years of faithful service in the employ of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System
"(signed) J. R. Jones, Chairman, System Retirement Bureau
"(signed) John S. Reed, President
"December 14, 1973"
Following is the obituary for Kenneth Raymond Dougherty (from the Hawkeye, Burlington, Iowa) :
"Mr. Kenneth R. Dougherty, age 89, of Marionville, Missouri, formerly of Lomax, Illinois, died Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 9:50 P.M. at the Ozark Methodist Manor in Marionville.
"He was born June 26, 1908 in Cuba, Illinois, the son of James Francis (Frank) and Martha Stegall Dougherty.On June 28, 1927 he married Erma Curry in Wenona, Illinois.She died January 23, 1965.
"Mr. And Mrs. Dougherty moved frequently during the early years of their marriage.They moved to Lomax in 1941 where Mr. Dougherty lived until 1994.He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 46 years until his retirement in 1972.
"Mr. Dougherty came from a family of railroaders.He started working for the railroad when he was 16 years old.He was the Santa Fe station agent in Lomax for 25 years.When the Lomax station closed, he transferred to Stronghurst until he retired in 1972.
"Mr. Dougherty was active in the Lomax Senior Citizens.He moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1994, and later moved to Marionville, Missouri, where he resided until his death.
"He is survived by one son, Lynn Dougherty of Kimberling City, Missouri, 3 grandchildren, Shawn Dougherty of Shreveport, Louisiana, Colleen Borgers of Palmyra, New Jersey, and Erin Dougherty of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, 2 great-grandchildren, Krista and Ryan Dougherty of Shreveport, La., and 5 nieces.He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma, one son, Donald, one sister, Mary Moloney, and one brother, Leo who died in infancy.
"Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, Illinois, with Rev. Marian Stone officiating.Burial will be in the Stronghurst Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Lomax Ambulance Service or the Lomax Senior Citizens."
The following eulogy was written by Kenneth's son, Lynn, and daughter-in-law, Jean:
"Known as "Kenny" to his friends, Kenneth Raymond Dougherty was a simple man--a kind and gentle man.
"His mother died when he was 10 years old.He had a ninth grade education.He quit school when he was 16 to work for the railroad, along side his father and uncles.He married Erma when he was 19.
"He lived through the Great Depression.He told of taking jobs doing gardening, or any job he could get, to support his family.That period greatly influenced his life.Ken became a fiercely independent man who valued financial security.
"Ken’s career with the Santa Fe railroad spanned almost 50 years and gave him and his family the opportunity to travel extensively across this country.
"In their early marriage, Ken and Erma moved frequently.They lived in places such as Leeds and Chillicothe on the Santa Fe line.During one period, when Don was young, they lived in a bunk car with no electricity or running water.Don used to tell of waking up and finding a pan of water had frozen overnight.
"Ken was a self-educated man.He taught himself to type.He could type messages on the teletype faster with 2 fingers than most people could who used all 10!
"Ken’s Irish heritage was very evident in his tastes and interests.He was a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy.He liked to sing, harmonize, and whistle a tune.He could also pick out a tune on the ukelele.He passed his love of music on to his sons and grandchildren.
"He also loved to dance.In their younger days, he and Erma belonged to a square dance club.Anyone who ever watched him and Erma dance together, saw the joy it gave him.
"Ken’s hobbies were fishing, watching sports (boxing, in particular), playing cards, and shooting pool.Even though he was susceptible to motion sickness, he endured many boat rides with Lynn just to go fishing.He didn’t care if he caught anything.He just loved to fish.He used to get off work at midnight and go to Carthage Lake and fish all night.Erma would be so worried--and then she would get so mad at him because she didn’t know if he had fallen in the lake or not.Occasionally, he would bring home a nice stringer of fish.
"He liked to talk politics.Although he was a "die-hard" democrat, he swore he was an independent.It was common to get into heated and lengthy political discussions at the dinner table.
"Ken always had a friendly hello for everyone he met and had a keen sense of humor.When Lynn was in high school, Lynn and Don Bowen were driving around Lomax in Don’s car.They drove up alongside Ken, who had pulled over on the side of the road.Lynn and Don teasingly yelled out the window to him, "What have you got under the hood of that thing?"To their utter disbelief, Ken stomped on the gas, spun gravel, and left them sitting in the dust!
"Ken was a modest man who avoided the limelight and always put other people’s needs ahead of his own.He was proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments.He was always supportive of his family and friends.When he visited his kids, he always took his "work clothes" along—to help on the latest project.He enjoyed helping out at the Lomax Senior Center.He swept floors, did dishes, or whatever needed to be done.
"Ken was devoted to his family and his wife of over 50 years.When Erma was ill, he was always at her side.
"From humble beginnings, Ken built a successful life for himself, his wife, and their 2 sons.A man of his word, "Kenny" was a model of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and hard work.That is his legacy."