Biography - A. J. DAUGHERTY
A. J. Daugherty, of Streator, is the proprietor of the Cloverdale Dairy and a representative business man of this part of the state. He is widely and favorably known throughout the surrounding country, having been born in this county July 22, 1862, and is the eldest son of John and Sarah Ann (Barnhart) Daugherty. His grandparents, Thomas and Mary Daugherty, were both natives of the state of Kentucky and in that state his father also opened his eyes to the light of day. John Daugherty moved to this state and later to Missouri, in 1874, where he still lives. He was a stanch Democrat and contributed his influence to the success of the party. He was the father of eight children: A. J., the subject of this sketch; Harlan, a resident of Texas county, Missouri; Amos, of Arkansas; Melvin, of Texas county, Missouri; Wallace, of Streator, this state; Jacob, also of Streator; Thomas and John, of Texas county, Missouri.
Mr. Daugherty lived in this, his native county, until he was eight years old, when his parents removed to the state of Missouri, locating in Texas county, where he remained until he was nineteen and where he received his education. He then returned to the home of his early boyhood and located on the farm now occupied by him, the Cloverdale Dairy. This dairy was established by George W. Graham many years previously and the farm is one of the finest in this part of the state. It would be difficult to find a farm better adapted to the purpose for which it is used than is this one, the broad, rich meadow land being crossed by streams of the purest water, furnishing an abundant supply for the large herd of cattle who graze there. The large, roomy barn is kept in scrupulous order, while a silo of three hundred and seventy tons' capacity furnishes the necessary green food which is one of the essential requirements to keep a herd in the best condition through the winter months. Seventy-five head of fine Holstein cattle - cows that would be a delight to the eyes of a lover of good stock, as they are a source of pride and profit to their owner - furnish the milk that has made this dairy one of the most successful and reputable in the county, Mr. Daugherty takes a pardonable pride in his dairy and the quality of milk placed on the market; and that his efforts in this direction are appreciated by the public is shown by his constantly increasing trade, indeed it has been found impossible to meet the demand made upon him.
February 25, 1896, he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Amelia Turner, a daughter of Mark and Rosanna (Robinson) Turner, of Streator, this state. Mrs. Daugherty was born in Broadwood, Grundy county, but moved to Streator with her parents at an early age and was there educated and reared to a lovable womanhood. Two bright children have been added to their home. - Hazel and Byron. Mr. Daugherty is a prominent member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Masonic lodges of Ottawa, and is a strong Republican, taking an active part in the workings of his party, although he has never been an aspirant for political honors.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 277-278.