Hubert Doty was born on October 22, 1914 in a log cabin two miles
south and three-sixteenths of a mile west of Beecher City, Illinois.
It was two weeks and one day after his father's 40th birthday.
afternoon of that day, his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Logue Doty
and his great-aunt, Sarah Ann Grubaugh Doty, arrived at the home of
his parents to help in the birthing. They had decided to act as midwives
and save his father a doctor's bill.
weather was foul that day and night. It turned cold and started to
snow. Soon, the wind came up and there developed a ground blizzard.
The cattle began to seek shelter in the timber and draws. The snow
began drifting and covering them. As the time drew near, the storm
became worse and the mid-wives became over-anxious about his arrival.
Soon, the suspense became too great and the sent his father out into
the cold, dark, windy night after the doctor. He had to go east for
a quarter of a mile, which was not difficult, and then two miles due
north into the blizzard. Upon his arrival at Dr. J. F. Caldwell's
office in Beecher City, he was covered with ice and snow. But he and
the doctor set out at once for the Doty home. Since they were traveling
south, with the wind at their backs, the trip was not as painful.
snug at home, out of the storm, the appointed time arrived and the
mid-wives did their job with petticoats flying as John Hubert Doty
backed his way into the world. As his father and Dr. J. F. Caldwell
approached the log cabin, they heard the baby's wails above the thundering
storm. In a way, this disappointed the doctor for he seemed to have
lost a fee. As he sat around the hot pot-bellied stove, dreading his
return trip, he decided to send the bill to the grandmother for sending
the father out into such a storm. It took some talking on the part
of the father to convince the doctor to leave his customary bill.
Dr. Caldwell died in 1927.
John Hubert Doty was called "Hubert" or
"Hub" (pronounced H-you-b) by his family as he was growing
up. This was due to the fact that he shared a first name with his
father, who was always called "John."
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Young Hubert attended kindergarten school at Pleasant
Hill, also known as the Force and later the Tipsword school, which
is located two miles south of Beecher City, Illinois. He attended
the public grade and high school at Kellyville, Oklahoma and transferred
during his senior year to St. Elmo High School. In June, 1952, he
entered the University of Denver in Denver Colorado and received his
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with a major
in Public Administration) on 10 June 1955.
His grade school teachers at Kellyville were: Lucy
West, primary; Mary Gerachty, 1st grade; Iness Jones, 2nd grade; Vera
Massey, 3rd grade; Mary Jackson, 4th grade; Genevee Holcum, 5th grade;
Laura Nay, 6th grade; and frank Burgess, 7th and 8th grades.
When he lived in Oklahoma, he lived on the Creek and
Euchie Indian reservation. They lived two miles west of the school
house, down a long dirt road. When it rained, the road was mud, mud,
and more mud. When it was dry, the dust was ankle deep in places.
If it rained, young Hubert was wet when he arrived at school. He would
sit in his wet clothes till they dried sometime during the day.
Because of these conditions, he did not start school
until he was eight years old. After a year at school, he was told
that school was out. Young Hubert went home joyous. He thought he
would never have to go again. He was surprised when September came
and he had to start again. He severely disliked his primary teacher,
Lucy West. She wore black dresses and looked like a witch to him.
Still, his father kept him in school until the eighth grade. After
that, he needed no extra encouragement. By the time he had reached
third grade, over half of his class had dropped out of school. In
his Sophomore class, there were 15 students -- three of whom came
from other districts. When he started in primary class there were
40-45 students. He believed that the teachers encouraged the students
to leave by beating the h*** out of them.
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During the Great Depression, he lived on his family's
farm. It took longer for the depression to hit them. Cattle dropped
from $100 a head to $10 a head. Horses went from $150 each to $35
each. Hogs, if they could be sold at all, were only about 90% of what
they brought just a few years earlier. Cotten went from 22 cents a
bushel to 10 cents.
He stayed in school until 1935. From 1935 until February
of 1936, he spent time being a hobo and going around the country.
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Army and Army Air Corp
In February, 1936, he entered the Army. He entered
as a Private and worked as a "mule-skinner" and handler
from 1936 until 1939 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. In March of 1938,
he was transferred to Manila in the Philippine Islands. He stayed
there until December of 1938, when he left the Philippines. Many of
the men that he knew in the Philippines wound up on the Bataan Death
March. In December of 1938, he left the Army and went into the reserves.
In September of 1939, he was in the Army Air Corp. From September
of 1939 until June 1941, he was a Staff Sergeant at Selfridge Field,
Mt. Clems, Michigan. From June 1941 to December 1941, he was assigned
to Bear Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana. After Pearl Harbor, his group
went to Muroc, California. Then, he and a cadre of others went back
to Selfridge. From there he went to Syracuse, New York as a Warrant
Officer, Junior Grade, where he went to Blackstone, Virginia and helped
to close the Base there. Then, he went to Oscoda, Michigan and helped
close that base. From there, he went to Selfrige. From August of 1942
to November of 1945, he was in the Training Command, instructing American
and French pilots. In November, 1945, he went to Greensboro, North
Carolina working in Military Intelligence and in January 1946, he
arrived in Wiesbaden, Germany.
He was flown as a litter patient from Frankfurt-on-the-Main,
Germany to Fitzsimons Army Hospital during February, 1947. He retired
from the Army Air Corp in June 1947. He was released from the hospital
in August of 1950.
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and Family Life
It was at Fitzsimons Army Hospital that he met and
married Alice Therese Kelley. She was an Army Nurse. Alice was an
Irish Canadian, who had become a naturalized citizen of the United
States and then had served in World War II. They were married on 10
September 1949. Early in their marriage, the Korean War required that
Alice again become an active member of the armed services. She was
a veteran of two wars: World War II and the Korean War. Her children
kept her from going to Korea itself. So, she served stateside.
John and Alice had two children. The first was Mary
Ann Doty. She was born on 21 October 1951, one day before her father's
37th birthday. The second child was John Bernard Doty. He was born
on 12 February 1954. Until his grandfather's death in 1962, there
were three John Doty's. One of John Hubert's favorite pictures was
of the three John's taken in 1958. The three John's were all born
roughly 40 years apart -- 1874, 1914, and 1954.
Alice died in 1982. She was ill for over a year with
cancer. John Hubert and John Bernard took care of her in this last
year of her life. Because of their care, her wish to stay at home
as long as possible and stay out of the hospital for as long as possible
was fulfilled. She went into the hospital on Friday, 8 October 1982
and she died early Thursday morning on 14 October 1982. For the rest
of his life, John Hubert missed her and mourned her death.
MaryAnn married Michael N. Rizzo, Jr. on 3 October
1981. In 1987, John Hubert became a grandfather when MaryAnn and Mike
adopted their first child -- John Michael Rizzo, whom they call Jack.
In 1990, John Hubert's second grandchild was born on 12 April and
adopted on 10 May. Mike and MaryAnn named him Peter Vincent.
John Bernard married Suzanne.
In 1990, six days after Mike and MaryAnn picked up Peter, Suzanne
gave birth to Andrew Preston Doty, John Hubert's third grandson.
John Hubert wrote the following in one of his books:
"I try to treat my grandchildren with kindness and forethought
-- being good to them. Yes, spoil them if I get a chance. I want them
to remember me as a kind person." They do. Even four years after
his death, they speak of him with respect, awe, and love. He succeeded
in this effort very well.
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John Hubert became interest in the history of his
family in the 1930s. In the summer of 1934, his grandmother, Mary
E. Doty, gave him a copy of the Doty Family history to read. It was
written by John W. Dowty of Eagle Creek, Oregon. His daughter could
not find a copy of this information when she looked in 2002. However,
the material impressed John Hubert.
He started his research on the families in July 1954
and continued until his death in 1998. He believed that the story
of our ancestors was America's way of creating a usable past, since
we had none here and had given up what we did have in whatever country
we came from.
After much research, he published his first book Pioneer
Families of Colonial America in 1977. He published his second
book The Vancel and Lyerly Families in America in 1980. He
published a revised edition of the book in 1991. In 1992, he published
his third book, The Sowards and Tipsword Families in America.
All of these books he sold to people who were interested in the family
histories. In 1994, for his immediate family only, he printed a revised
edition of Pioneer Families of Colonial America. Although
he always said he would have it printed, he never did. There was always
"one more piece of information" to track down and verify.
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On 23 October 1998, John Hubert Doty gave up his struggle
on this Earth and went to be with his wife and many of his family
and friends who had died. He left behind his children, his grandchildren,
and many friends.
His daughter, MaryAnn Doty Rizzo, received his papers
and the copies of his books. After a period of grief, she has decided
to publish the revised "final" editions that her father
always talked about in honor of his memory. This site is part of that
This is a brief summary of his life. More information
can be found in the three different books that he wrote.
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