Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Doughty 500 Details

We already announced the dates for the 2018 Doughty 500 as July 23-27. Now we have a location.

Our base camp will be at the Heartwood Conference Center and Resort in Trego, WI (not really all that near the town, but that’s the address).

Heartwood Conference Center and Resort

The resort offers a number of summer activities including:

• Namekagon River Canoe/Kayak Trips
• Namekagon River Tubing Trips
• Mountain Biking
• Basketball
• Tennis
• Horseshoes
• Sand Volleyball
• Boating
• Fishing (catch & release)
• Hiking
• Hay Rides
• Swimming Beach

We have twenty standard rooms reserved at this point (can get more if needed). Each room has two queen beds, a refrigerator, and a microwave. The rate is $120 per night.

Standard Rooms

However, there are other lodging options as well.

• There are five four-bedroom duplex cabins available. Each duplex side features four bedrooms, three with two sets of twin bunk beds and one with a queen bed so you could sleep up to fourteen people in one. They also have a fully equipped kitchen. The nightly rate for the duplex cabins is $319.

Duplex Cabins

• There are also two cottages available. Each has one bedroom with a queen bed and the second with two twin beds — as well as a queen sofa/sleeper in the living room so they could sleep up to six people. They have full kitchens as well. The nightly rate for the cottages is $219.


What you need to do:

DO NOT contact the resort directly. If you need a reservation, please respond to me with your name, if you want a lodge room or one of the other options, and how many guests. I will pass that information along to the resort. If we end up needing more rooms I will work with the resort. I went with twenty to start with assuming that at least some of the Doughty crew will go for a cabin or cottage (the Bernie branch has already locked up the Hoinville House).

Also please let me know if you will be attending the dinner on Thursday night and how many in your party (adults/kids) so we can plan for that.

And we need to fill happy hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so let me know if you want to host.

Please note that the resort does not offer breakfast during the week. There is a store on site that sells yogurt, bagels, muffins, juice, granola bars, cheese, hand fruit (apples, oranges) and pop tarts. Plan accordingly.

UPDATE: There is now only ONE duplex left so if you want to reserve it let me know ASAP.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Herbert "Hal" Doughty

Herbert "Hal" Doughty Obituary:

Herbert “Hal” Doughty, LTCOL, USAF (ret), 93 of Eau Claire passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 11, 2017. Born in Arkansaw, WI, he was the son of Herb and Ruth (Black) Doughty.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Doris (Marsh); his children: Theresa Hill, Maureen (Ray) Koncen, Patrick Doughty, Michael (Tamara) Doughty and Erin Patrice; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by: brothers: Dan (Terry) Doughty, Bernard (Carmen) Doughty, Paul (Bernice) Doughty and Brendan (Karen) Doughty.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Sam and sisters: Merle Daniels and Nathalie Swienton.
Hal served in WWII, the Korean War and one mission in Vietnam. He retired from the US Air Force in 1973 after 30 years of service and moved to Eau Claire. His interests included flying, his membership in the Elks Lodge, water skiing, hunting, fishing, playing cards, traveling and Model T’s. He greatly enjoyed his yearly week long Model T road trips with his extended family.

Visitation is at 5:00 P.M. with a service at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel, Altoona. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55450.

In lieu of flowers request donations be made to Honor Flight Inc., Attn: Dian Gresse, 175 S. Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Thursday, July 06, 2017

2017 Tour Update

Latest tour update from Dan:

July 17 08:30; Depart my place, head North to “The Cabin” near Weyerhaeuser WI for lunch and refreshments. Then on to the hotel. D3 hosting happy hour.

July 18 09:00; Head to Cedar Lodge for lunch. (about 8 miles North of Ladysmith) NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR HAPPY HOUR

July 19 09:00; We will picnic at Big Falls Co. Park south of Kenan, Wi. Don’t forget to pack your lunch! Dave and Kim hosting some kind of football related happy hour. Sounds like they want everyone to wear their Vikings or Bears jerseys.

July 20 18:00; Dinner & auction at the hotel.

July 21 08:30; Depart for home, lunch at the Thorpedo, in Thorpe, WI.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

2017 Tour: Two Tickets To Paradise

Update from Dan on this year's five-hundo:

Lodging at Paradise Shores Hotel on Lake Holcombe in Holcombe, Wisconsin.

July 17 – July 21

I have 25 rooms blocked.

Rates are $84.95 + tax for two queen or one king bed.

They do have some suites for $110.

For reservations call 715-595- 4227 Ask for DOUGHTY 500 block.

Get reservations in early, there are no other hotels near by.

If you are interested in camping there is a campground near by.

There is a restaurant in the hotel and there are others in the area.

Also get your name in soon to host a happy hour before the dates are all filled up. Available dates are:

Monday 17th

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th.

Don’t forget to start gathering things for the auction.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Second Coming: 2016 Tour Update

Here is the latest update from Brendan and Karen on this year's Doughty 500 tour.

July 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2016

Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Super 8, Tomahawk
108 W. Mohawk Drive, Tomahawk, WI 54487
Time is running out to make reservations-Please book by June 15th.

Current Tour Plans:

July 18th Monday
Start in Eau Claire & other places
Lunch in Medford (somewhere)
Happy Hour Sweintons

July 19th Tuesday
Tour Northwest Lunch @ Harbor View in Phillips
Happy Hour Molly, Colleen, and Kevin

July 20th Wednesday
Tour North Lunch @ Black Bear West on Hwy 70
Happy Hour Need Someone

July 21st Thursday
Maybe a tour of the Harley Plant
Banquet at 5pm The meal will be catered to the Hotel. Everyone bring “Happy Hour” materials.
Auction and business meeting to follow.
Need auction items

July 22nd Friday
Start home. lunch at ???

Thursday, March 24, 2016

R.I.P. Nathalie Anne "Dixie" Swienton

Obituary for Nathalie Anne Swienton:

Nathalie Anne “Dixie” Swienton, 79, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016. She was born November 19, 1936 to Royal Herbert Doughty and Ruth Bernice (Black) Doughty in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Nathalie married the love of her life Andrew Warren Swienton on July 27, 1957 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. They celebrated 49 years of life and marriage together.

Nathalie worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone, as an agent for Airways, and as an accounting clerk for Sears Roebuck until her retirement in 1990. Nathalie loved being a housewife and mother to her children. She loved to collect cobalt glass and snowmen. She was an avid reader, loved working crossword puzzles and traveling with her family. Nathalie also loved doing volunteer work for the Broken Arrow Public Schools System. Most importantly, Nathalie loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was also a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Nathalie will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herb and Ruth Doughty; her husband, Andy Swienton; sister and brother-in-law, Merle and Don Daniels; and brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Harriet Doughty.

Nathalie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Jamie Swienton of Green Bay, WI; daughters and sons-in-laws, Pam and Frank Barrett of Muskogee, OK, DeeAnne and Chris Gilling of Pewaukee, WI, and Jean and Kelly Brassfield of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, James Stevens of Muskogee, OK, Andi and Bryce Clark of Muskogee, OK, David and Blair Stevens of Sand Springs, OK, Kali and Pat Bell of Columbus, OH, Michael Gilling of Pewaukee, WI, Andrew Swienton of Green Bay, WI, Ryli Brassfield of Broken Arrow, OK, Hunter Swienton of Green Bay, WI, and Caden Brassfield of Broken Arrow, OK; great grandchildren, Margot and Dean Stevens of Sand Springs, OK, and Myles and Maxton Clark of Muskogee, OK; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hal and Doris Doughty of Eau Claire, WI, Paul and Bernice Doughty of Haugen, WI, Dan and Terry Doughty of Eau Claire, WI, Bernard and Carmen Doughty, St. Paul, MN, and Brendon and Karen Doughty of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; 21 nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.

Nathalie will be reunited with her loving husband Andy Swienton at 9:00 a.m., April 2, 2016 at the Holcombe Cemetery on HWY 27 south of Holcombe WI. A "going home" celebration will be officiated by Pastor Bill Plautz. Following the graveside service there will be a memorial celebration meal starting at 11:00 am at the Fill-Inn Station, 104 W Columbia St, Chippewa Falls, WI. In lieu of flowers, we are asking family and friends to make donations to the Swienton Scholarship Fund, which will fund Tanzania students to attend Morogoro International School. Donations can be made at or make checks payable to Jean Brassfield with Swienton Scholarship Fund in memo line and mailed to First National Bank, 120 E Commercial St, Broken Arrow OK 74012.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dangerous Doughty

Dangerous Doughty--a quantitative study of disproportion between the size of endotracheal tubes and splits in tonsillectomy gag blades:


The Doughty split tongue blade is used routinely with the Boyle Davis mouth gag during tonsillectomy. If the width of the slot in the blade is excessive, then the endotracheal tube may herniate through the slot in the blade and become fixed and inseparable from the blade. We report two cases of paediatric tonsillectomy where this potentially serious complication occurred. The slot widths of disposable and reusable Doughty blades were measured and specifications were obtained from several manufacturers. All disposable paediatric Doughty blades and some of the reusable blades were found to have excessively and potentially dangerously wide slots. Compression testing of endotracheal tubes by the manufacturer demonstrated marked increases in deformability on warming to body temperature. Ensuring that the slot width of the Doughty blade is not excessive for the endotracheal tube used is essential and we give recommendations.

Please direct all question regarding the Doughty blade to Jay (coincidentally enough that was his nickname at drama camp).

Monday, August 31, 2015

Account Update

A few recent items to report to bring the Doughty 500 fund up to date.

Opening balance: $2786

Donation to Helping Hands in memory of J.P. Cassata -200

Renewal for Doughty My Heritage website -159

Closing balance: $2427

Saturday, August 01, 2015

By The Numbers

The 2015 Doughty 500 is complete and once again we had an interesting auction on Thursday night. Here's an update on what the books look like after the dust has settled.

Beginning account balance $3508

2015 spending (museum fees and drinks and dinner on Thursday) -$1940

Take from 2015 auction $1218

Ending account balance $2786

That is all.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Joyously Anticipated Pleasure Trips

Recently my Dad (aka "Bernie") gave me a Model T instruction book that originally came out in 1913. He purchased it in 1962 (a reprint) according to the receipt in the book.

It's actually more of a pamphlet but there are some classic quotes that may be of interest to the motoring ("Out of my way, I'm a motorist!) Doughtys of the 500.

Under the heading "Vigilance and Oil:"

     The liability of trouble, with the consequent marring of pleasure trips through neglect to make adjustments promptly, increases by the square of the times they are neglected.

Kind of a complicated little sentence there but personally I've never had a pleasure trip marred by anything unexpected happening with a T.

It goes on:

     If the history of all the joyously anticipated pleasure trips that have ended disastrously could be written, it would be shown that in 90 per cent of the cases the humiliation and disappointment might have been avoided by making a certain repair and adjustment, the necessity of which was known before starting, instead of trusting to luck and a crippled part.

Joyously anticipated pleasure trips…ending disastrously…humiliation and disappointment.  Let's reflect on those concepts for a moment over the past four decades of T'ing.  

Yeah, nothing comes to mind in the context of T's.  What hyperbole those old-fashioned corporate writers engaged in!  Scaring people unnecessarily just to make sure they put oil in their crankcases.

We all know that as long as you care for your T, the chances of suffering humiliation and disappointment on a T voyage are very, very…small.