Lucius H. Doty

From the History of the Valley of the Hudson, River of Destiny, 1609-1930, Volume V, Biographical. Contributed by Jerry Sterrit and transcribed by Arlene Goodwin


Lucius H. Doty, an officer of the Newcombe Oil Company, Inc., and an enterprising business man of Kingston, was born in Catskill, Greene county, May 25, 1876, and is a member of one of the prominent families of New York. He traces his lineage to Edward Doty, who was a native of England and on coming to America first located in Massachusetts. Lucius Robinson Doty, one of his descendents, was born in Windham, New York, and in his youth removed to Catskill, where he opened a dry goods store. He prospered in business and retired some years before his death. He became postmaster of Catskill, occupying the office for two terms. He was named for an uncle, Hon. Lucius Robinson, who served as governor of New York. The wife of Lucius R. Doty, Mary Rebecca (Van Gelder) Doty, was a native of Greene county, New York, and of Dutch ancestry. Mr. and Mrs. Lucius R. Doty were the parents of three sons: Lucius H., of this review; William, who died in infancy; and Percival G., whose home was in Catskill. There he enlisted in the army, becoming a stenographer in the aviation department, and landed in France in May, 1918. While in the service of his country he became ill with influenza and died in October, 1918.

The educational advantages enjoyed by Lucius H. Doty were afforded by the public schools and Catskill Academy, from which he was graduated in 1893. He then entered his fatherís store and was associated with him in the dry goods business for several years. Interested in military affairs, he joined the Tenth Regiment, New York National Guard, at Catskill, when a young man of twenty-one and rose to the rank of first lieutenant. When the nation became involved in the World war he offered his aid to his country, was in camp in Spartanburg, S. C., and went to France with the One Hundred and Sixth Regiment. For nine months he was on active duty and was stationed on various fronts. On the 29th of September, 1919, during the attack on the Hindenburg line, he received injuries which incapacitated him for further service and was sent to a hospital in England. Following his return to the United States he was in an army hospital from February until October, 1919, when he received an honorable discharge. At an earlier period in his overseas service he was in Liverpool, England, and as assistant provost marshal, had charge of military police.

On resuming the status of civilian Mr. Doty returned to Catskill and entered the employ of the Newcombe Oil Company as a bookkeeper in their local office, which was then situated in a residence. In the spring of 1920 the company leased a suite in the Post building in Catskill, there continuing until April, 1924, when they established their headquarters in Kingston. Progressing with the business, Mr. Doty was intrusted with the responsibilities of an executive and for some years was secretary of the company. Later he was elected vice president, and when A. R. Newcombe disposed of the business in 1930 to the Cities Service Company, Mr. Doty was retained as vice president and chosen as general manager. Through experience and ability he is well qualified for these important duties and is exerting every effort to further the interests of this extensive corporation, whose operations have placed it with the foremost organizations of the kind in the country. He had made a close study of matters relative to the business and there is no phase of the oil industry with which he is not thoroughly familiar.

On the 1st of May, 1917, Mr. Doty was married in Catskill to Miss Maude E. Garling, a native of that place and a daughter of Frederick and Carrie Garling, both of Dutch ancestry. The father, who is now deceased, was long a dealer in horses and also engaged in contracting in Catskill. Mr. Doty was chosen commander of the Catskill Post of the American Legion but now belongs to Kingston Post, No. 150, and is past president of the Kingston Kiwanis Club. He served as deacon of the First Dutch Reformed Church of which both he and Mrs. Doty are members. Engrossed in his work, he has never sought political preferment but has given ample proof of his loyalty and patriotism. His has been a life of quiet devotion of duty and in the fullness of time he has reaped the rewards of honesty, industry and unfaltering purpose. Mr. Dotyís address is at 71 Linderman avenue.


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