A. J. DOUGHERTY, manufacturer, Mound City, is a native of Trinity, Ill., born September 4, 1843, and a son of James Dougherty, a native of the East. Our subject was reared and educated in Mound City, and after completing his education engaged in merchandising business from 1860 until 1869, the first four years as clerk and afterward on his own account. In 1869, in partnership with his uncle, William Dougherty, he engaged in the saw mill business, and in 1870 began the manufacture of staves, in which he has since continued. Mr. Dougherty has been twice married; in 1867, to Miss Albertine Hurd, who died the following year, leaving one son, William A., who was born June 8, 1868. In 1873, he married Miss Fannie Cheek, born January 12, 1852, in Aurora, Ind., a daughter of George and Alta (Bailey) Cheek. She is the mother of the following children: Andrew J., born April 28, 1874; Fannie M., born March 10, 1879; and Ethel, born September 9, 1881. Mr. Dougherty and wife are exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of the orders A., F. & A. M., K. of H. and Good Templars. In politics, he is Democratic. He is an enterprising, industrious man, who is honored and respected by all, and who is never laggard in promoting good causes and general enterprises. In 1870, he employed about ten men. Since then he has developed the business to such an extent that at present, under the head of the Mound City Stave Factory, he employs about 100 men in the woods and factory, adding machinery from time to time till at present it is one of the largest factories of its kind in Southern Illinois. Mr. Dougherty was one of the first to introduce the building of gravel roads, and for the last three years has been instrumental in building them by subscription. He is a strong Prohibitionist, and an active worker in the public and Sunday Schools, of which latter he is a faithful Superintendent.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 261.