11/6/2017 11:13:00 AM Honored for giving his life in the line of duty
Laurence Doten, who in 1903 moved with his parents and siblings to his motherís childhood home near Stewartville, was honored for his service in World War II and gave his life as an immigration inspector.
Laurence E. Doten has once again been honored for giving his life in the line of duty. Doten and Lawrence C. Jones, immigration inspectors, were shot and killed as they traveled on the Canadian National train between Fort Frances, Ontario, and Warroad, Minn. on Aug. 24, 1930. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations paid tribute to the two men at a ceremony in early October. "Today we memorialize these men who sacrificed their lives for this great nation," Port Director Jared Olafson said in a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "The ultimate sacrifice made by these men exemplifies the highest core values of our agency -- vigilance, service to country, and integrity." Jason Schmelz, director of the Area Port of Pembina, North Dakota, oversaw the ceremony. "It is an honor to remember our fallen brethren, and it is an honor to pay tribute to their memory," he said. Grandchildren and other family members traveled from throughout the country to the Warroad Point of Entry to witness the dedication and unveiling of memorial plaques honoring Doten and Jones. Laurence Doten was born to Albert E. and Clara (Wooldridge) Doten at his father's farm in Martin County, Minn., on June 4, 1898. He was 5 years old when he moved with his parents and siblings to his mother's childhood home near Stewartville. Back then, the place was known as the Edward Wooldridge farm. Doten's aunt, Emily, married John Fawcett. The couple had a son, Charles, who grew up to be Dr. Charles Fawcett of Stewartville. Hannah, another of Laurence Doten's aunts, married Henry King, the great great-grandfather of Jimmie-John King, Stewartville's current mayor... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Nov. 7 Stewartville STAR.