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Bill Dougherty

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Pages 316 - 317

Bill Dougherty used to herd sheep for Herman Hillmer and I understand he was one of the best herders around the country. He also herded sheep for Mr. James Gagan.

One winter there was a terrible snow storm that came up and the sheep got out of hand and he was unable to head them for home. So he followed them for miles until the blizzard was over. Several sheep were completely covered with snow, and he got Lloyd Baxter to go and help him dig them out of the snow. Their breath had made a hole in the snow drift and saved most of them.

He also played the drums very well. He played in the Army Band until he came to herd sheep. Mr. Andrew Spence and his son George, also Mrs. Baxter and Mrs. Rena Spence along with Bill Dougherty furnished the music for some of the dances in Del Bonita. People who could play the piano or any other instrument took turns playing. For a time Mrs. Ellen Jenks played the piano, Victor Jenks played the violin, his wife, Irene played the guitar and Bill Dougherty played his drums.

One night Russel Baxter brought Bill home with him from a dance as Bill had been drinking quite heavily. It was two or three o'clock in the morning and Bill came stumbling into Baxter's house with his drums rolling across the floor, scaring the living lights out of Mrs. Baxter and her daughter Irene. He and Russel insisted on having something to eat. All Bill wanted was cheese and raw onions and some beer he had brought with him. He wouldn't share it with anyone unless they played his drums, so they went without.

He passed away one bitter cold night in someone's manger,

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