In 1948, Robert Howard Dougherty, also known as ?Doc,? established Dougherty?s Fine Jewelry. Doc, who also specialized in watchmaking, was a good citizen with a sense of humor. He was a professional in every sense of the word, acting and dressing the part.
Doc contributed to the invention and design of the Shoupe mechanical voting machine, furthering his already well-known reputation. Doc?s wife, Mary, was a watchmaker as well and helped run the business. At age 92, Mary still visited the store often and helped with things like wrapping gifts during the holidays.
Dougherty?s daughter, Margaret, and his grandsons, Steve and John Linrode, moved the store to Las Vegas in 1988. John and Steve were trained by their grandfather in watchmaking and every other aspect of the business. They?ve continued to work on castings and other area of the business together, to the present day.
After 20 years, the store was moved up to Pioche. Steve stayed in the Las Vegas area and opened his own store, Pot-of-Gold, in Boulder City.
Margaret worked with her parents in the store from an early age. She learned to design custom jewelry and how to buy diamonds and other gems. She enjoyed the trade and did some work managing a jewelry store in the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas for a time.
Margaret and John have run the store in Pioche for 10 years. Steve joined them often in Pioche to help with special projects.
John?s son, John Jr., was trained in the business starting at a young age. He completed the business? fourth generation and worked in the store as often as his career as chef would allow him.
Dougherty?s Fine Jewelry is great cause for pride in the family. They have always strived to satisfy their customers with fine workmanship and original jewelry designs. Margaret, John, and Steve believe that word of mouth is still the most effective advertisement. And over the years they gave their customers good reason to spread the word.
The store still contains heirlooms from Doc?s original establishment, such as a lucky horseshoe that Doc always had hanging over the shop door, his workbench, many tools he used, a brass frog paperweight, and an antique Moore metal sales receipt box.
Dougherty?s Fine Jewelry will be closing Dec. 7. Pot-of-Gold will close Dec. 14, and Steve will then join Margaret and John in Pioche.
Margaret expressed her appreciation to the customers. ?We wish to thank all of our loyal customers. We will miss seeing everyone. It is with sadness that we are closing.?
Though they are sad to end this era, John is excited to be able to spend more time on the lake, fishing. He also enjoys shooting and is a part of the Lincoln County Trap Club.
Margaret is 85 and will be spending her time enjoying her many hobbies. She says she looks forward to actually sleeping in once in a while.
Almost all the jewelry in the store was custom made in Pioche by John. The remainder of the unsold jewelry will be melted down in a cast back to the pure metal.