She started working on the farm at a young age and attended the "Cracker Box" school up to the 8th grade. One of her teachers was Angie Debo. Ms. Debo is a nationally known historian, a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and a winner of two major national literary awards, the A.A. Knopf Fellowship prize for her novel "Prairie City", and the Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. Her portrait, painted by Charles Banks Wilson, hangs in the state capitol. She has written 13 books. Ms. Debo roomed with the Irey family. She and Maude remained lifelong friends. As a young woman Maude studied drapery making in Oklahoma City.
She had said she was a fast starter at some things and got a slow start at others. She milked her first cow when she was 6 years old, but she was 86 when she first tried her hand at painting.
She married Les Daugherty on Aug. 23, 1917, and they moved to Waukomis where they rented a thirteen room hotel from Les's brother, but they were only able to operate it eleven months when Les was called to war. Maude followed her young husband to Texas so she could be near him during his training. She took a position in the Officer's Mess Hall, but she had to walk two miles back and forth to work. That fall Les got the flu. Thousands died throughout the United States with the flu at that time. Maude had to walk three miles to visit him at the camp site. There was no hospital, just cots lined up outside the barracks. But on Nov. 11, 1918 the Armistice was signed and Maude came back to Waukomis. Her husband arrived home in December.
They bought the brother's hotel and operated it three years before building a new structure on the Waukomis main street called "Daugherty's Luncheonette". Two years later they built a 40' x 100' addition which was a skating rink and basketball court. The local school had no court, so they played their games here on what was probably the finest court in Garfield County at that time. People drove for miles to get to skate on this fine roller rink. The community was very fortunate to have such a fine amusement place for both young and old. Maude repaired roller skates and kept them running, kept the rink clean, helped run the cafe and did some baking.
One time Maude and Les were special honored guests at the annual alumni banquet when hundreds of former students tried to show their appreciation to Maude and Les for the many years of happiness they had brought to the community. The business was sold in 1957 and the couple entered other kinds of business in the community.
Maude enjoyed quilting and made and gave away 30 quilts. She drove her car until January of 1987 (she was nearly 99 years old). She was known for her friendliness and spunk, for lending a helping hand to friends. She is a 75 year member of Order of Eastern Star and belonged to the Waukomis Chapter. She first joined OES at Marshall. She was was member of Highland Jolly Peppers Extension Homemakers Group. She also enjoyed fishing.
She was a long time member of the United Methodist Church of Waukomis where she taught Sunday School. After Les died in 1974 she continued to live in her home in Waukomis until her death.
Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Daugherty of Waukomis will be guests of honor at an open house Sunday, August 20, commemorating their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and relatives are invited to call from 2-5 p.m. at the Waukomis Methodist Church by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Meyer, who will be hosts for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty were married June 23, 1917 in the home of her parents in Enid with Rev. Rogers of Douglas officiating. The couple request no gifts, please.
Maude Daugherty was honored as one of the four oldest members at a noon luncheon in Enid's Central Christian Church, marking the 86th anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlement on Sept. 16, 1893.
The funeral for Maude Daugherty, 99, who died Sunday at an Enid hospital, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Waukomis First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kent Wood officiating. Burial will be at Waukomis Cemetery, directed by Brown Funeral Home.
The former Maude Irey was born Nov. 30, 1888, in Newton, Kan. At an early age she moved with her family to a farm east of Douglas. She attended Cracker Box School. On Aug. 23, 1917, she married John Les Daughterty, in Enid. During World War I, they both worked as cooks at Fort Sill in Lawton. They then operated a cafe and skating rink in Waukomis for 50 years, retiring in 1950. He died in 1974.
Mrs. Daugherty was a member of Waukomis First United Methodist Church, The Waukomis Study Club and The Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers. She was honored as grand marshal in Enid's 1986 Cherokee Strip Celebration parade.
A 75-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she first joined at Marshall and later at Waukomis. She also taught Sunday school and was a member of Highland Jolly Peppers Extension Homemakers Group.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Ester Irey of Waukomis, and a brother-in-law, Harry Brown of Joplin, MO.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Waukomis First United Methodist Church.
John Leslie (Les) Daugherty, 81, Waukomis, died late Thursday in his home in Waukomis. He was born at Baird, Kansas, and came to Oklahoma with his parents in 1912, settling at Ada. Two years later they moved to Douglas and the following year to Waukomis.
He was in the US Army during World War I and returned to Waukomis after his discharge. He and Maude I. Irey were married August 23, 1917, in Enid.
Daugherty owned and operated a restaurant and skating rink in Waukomis from 1921 to 1957. He was a member of the American Legion Argonne Post No. Four.
In addition to Mrs. Daugherty, he is survived by a nephew, Ray Daugherty of San Gabriel, CA, two nieces, Mrs. Idell Rogers of Enid and Mrs. Muriel Beller of Anadarko, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Daugherty of Enid.
Funeral rites will be at 1 pm Sunday in the Waukomis United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard F. Mauldin and Dr. C. T. Shades officiating. Interment will be in the Waukomis Cemetery under the direction of the Brown Funeral Home. The body will lie in state in the funeral home until noon Sunday.
Those who wish may make memorials to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Cancer Fund or to the Waukomis United Methodist Church Building Fund. Brown's will serve as custodian of the funds.