John W Doudell (1861 - 1936)

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John W Doudell
1861 - 1936
updated December 26, 2019
John W Doudell, father to 12 children, was born on March 26, 1861 in Minnesota. John's partner was Rose McKeon, and they gave birth to Eileen (Doudell) Martin, Raymond Doudell, Roberta Doudell Lamy, Margaret (Doudell) Kunde, Pauline Doudell, Paul Doudell, Jack Doudell, Monica Doudell Tompkins, Robert Doudell, Rose Doudell Grey, Edna Doudell Mosher, and Raleigh Doudell. He died on April 9, 1936 in Santa Clara, California at 75 years old. We know that John W Doudell had been residing in 1995 Coastland Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95125.

When John Doudell (also spelled "Doudle" or "Dowdell") was born on March 26, 1861, in Faxon, Minnesota, his father, William, was 31 and his mother, Margret, was 26. In 1899, when John was 38, he married Rose Doudell and they had 13 children together. He died on April 9, 1936, in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 75, and was buried in Santa Clara, California.

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John Doudell was born on in Sibley County, Minnesota United States


John Doudell died on in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California United States

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at Mission Santa Clara de Asís, 500 El Camino Real, in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California United States 95053



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1995 Coastland Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95125


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John W. Doudell was an early trucking company owner in Santa Clara County.

The following article was written on Tuesday December 4th, 1951 in the Sacramento Bee:
One day last July a highway patrolman issued a warning to the driver of an oil tanker to have its brakes fixed.
Obviously if the brakes were bad enough to justify a warning from the patrol, they were so bad the truck should have been kept off the public highways until they were repaired.
But the trucker was permitted to proceed. A few hours later the tanker rammed into an automobile near Santa Barbara, wiping out a whole family of four.
The cause of the accident as reported by the highway patrol was the failure of the truck's brakes.

This evidence was brought out in a hearing before the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco on the operations of trucks belonging to the John W. Doudell Trucking Company of San Jose.
Highway patrol officers not only testified the tanker involved in the Santa Barbara crash had defective brakes but they also stated that of 10 pieces of equipment belonging to the Doudell Company which were inspected by the patrol six had the same fault.
Fortunately the record does not show that any of the company's other trucks was involved in a highway mishap.
Why are trucks, or for that matter any vehicles, allowed to operate on the public highways with defective brakes or with defective equipment of any kind which endangers the lives of other motorists?
The many instances of heavy trucks going out of control on long mountain grades suggest that other trucks than those owned by the San Jose firm are operating on the public highways without proper brakes.
A truck out of control on a mountain grade is as dangerous as a projectile, or more so. And anyone shooting a 75mm shell down a main highway would be locked up. No more leniency should be shown a truck driver or the company which hires him.
It is highly dangerous and absurd that a truck or car should be allowed to travel the highways after a warning of defective equipment has been issued by a highway patrolman.
If the law is deficient in giving powers to officers to keep such vehicles off the public highways where they are a menace to human life, the law should be overhauled.
If the law is construed to give such powers, the patrol ought to see that they are exercised.

The following was posted in the Madera Tribune, on August 24th 1951:
A blaze in a large truck and trailer resulted in $15,120 damage on the Pacheco Pass highway near Red Top ranch yesterday afternoon, the Division of Forestry reported today.
The truck, owned by John Doudell, San Jose, and driven by Oral George, was en route to San Jose when a flat tire on the trailer bed started a blaze in the cargo of 12 bundles of tin weighing 3,600 pounds each, the report said.

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John's trucking company serviced most of the major fruit and vegetation companies located in the San Jose Bay Area. In addition to servicing the Del Monte cannery in West San Jose, the Doudell trucking company also serviced the United States Products cannery which was located at 570 Race Street just above Moorpark. The USP was actually a spnioff of Clessing - a Dutch conglomerate - which wanted to divest into the flourishing San Jose orchards industry. At the start of World War 2, the USP fell into bankruptcy in June 1943 and John Doudell was listed as a trustee of the company. The trustees got into trouble in 1944 as they had leased the cannery to Sunnvale's Schuckl cannery for the 1943 season, and the person in charge of the bankrupcty filings gave the trustees a lesson in their fiduciary duties of keeping the USP business in business, not changing the business model. The USP continued to lease out their cannery as it was used by the Clapp baby food company in 1944 & 1945 as the baby food company built their new West Coast plant on Newhall Ave in San Jose. The United States Products ended up being owned by Carl N. Lovegren, a prominent San Jose canner who was found dead in his car in San Jose in 1950. After his death the company was sold to Consolidated Grocers, a Chicago-based wholesaler that had been the owner of the Rosenberg Brothers dried fruit business. Potential mafia connection? Who knows.

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Rose Doudell
Jan 8, 1881 - Nov 11, 1963
San Jose, CA, United States


Eileen (Doudell) Martin
Born: Oct 27, 1926
Raymond Doudell
Dec 11, 1917 - Jul 20, 2006
San Jose, California
Paul Doudell
Apr 16, 1906 - Sep 25, 1986
San Jose, California
Rose Doudell Grey
Jun 6, 1911 - Apr 28, 1993
Raleigh Doudell
May 29, 1929 - August 1972


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John W Doudell, father to 12 children, died on April 9, 1936 in Santa Clara, California at 75 years old. He was buried in Mission Santa Clara de Asís, Santa Clara, California. He was born on March 26, 1861 in Minnesota. John's partner was Rose McKeon, and they gave birth to Eileen (Doudell) Martin, Raymond Doudell, Roberta Doudell Lamy, Margaret (Doudell) Kunde, Pauline Doudell, Paul Doudell, Jack Doudell, Monica Doudell Tompkins, Robert Doudell, Rose Doudell Grey, Edna Doudell Mosher, and Raleigh Doudell. We know that John W Doudell had been residing in 1995 Coastland Ave, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95125.
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1861 - 1936 World Events

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In 1861, in the year that John W Doudell was born, on January 9th, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union. Within the same month, 5 more states seceded - Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana - and Jefferson Davis, age 52, resigned as a U.S. Senator.

In 1893, by the time he was 32 years old, on November 7th, the women of Colorado were given the right to vote via a state referendum. Fifty-five percent of voters turned out and the referendum passed with 35,798 voting in favor and 29,551 voting against.

In 1901, when he was 40 years old, Edward VII succeeded Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria of England had become Queen in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901. Her 63 year reign was the longest in history prior to Elizabeth II who recently broke her record. The time during which she led the country was known as the Victorian era and she presided over great changes in the United Kingdom, including the expansion of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution.

In 1925, he was 64 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1936, in the year of John W Doudell's passing, on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

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