THOMAS J. DALEY was born on September 8, 1889 to Thomas and Isabella Daley at 337 Walnut Street, Camden NJ. The elder Daley was a blacksmith and wheelwright by trade, and operated a smithy at 112 Kaighn Avenue for over forty years, during which time he was well known for his fine workmanship. The Daley family lived at 337 Walnut Street in the late 1880s and early 1890s.
After attending the SS. Peter and Paul school in Camden and St. Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia, Thomas Daley graduated in 1909 from St. Joseph's College. He the attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1913. Thomas Daley went of work in the engineering department of the City of Camden in July of 1913.
Thomas J. Daley married his wife Mary on September 8, 1915. A daughter, also named Mary, was born after the January 1920 census was taken. Thomas J. Daley was by then already working for the city as a civil engineer, under the direction of long-time City Engineer Levi Farnham. When Levi Farnham died in November of 1923, Thomas Daley was appointed Acting City Engineer. On May 21, 1925 he was appointed City Engineer.
Several large public works projects took place while Thomas Daley was City Engineer, including the construction of Camden's new City Hall and a new marine terminal, both still in use in 2005.
The 1920 census shows Thomas Daley as living with his wife and parents at 1471 Baird Avenue. Father Thomas Daley Sr. passed away on February 19, 1928. Thomas Daley Jr. was still working as City Engineer and living at 1471 Baird Avenue when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled.
The Daley family had left Camden by the time the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory was released.
April 27, 1911
|Thomas J. Daley - Edmund J. Alff - Thomas Curley|
|Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928|
PROTEST COOPER STREET WIDENING
of the Cooper Street
property owners who appeared at a hearing this morning at City Hall
protested assessments to be levied against them for the widening of the
thoroughfare from Fourth to Ninth Streets.
objectors declared they did not feel that it was fair that they should be
taxed for improvements from which they derive no benefit. Their protests
were beard by the Commissioner of Assessments in the commission chambers
at the hall.
commissioners, Charles S.
Wolverton, Wilbur B. Ellis, and James F. Lennon, said after the
hearing that they will give further consideration to the complaints before
submitting their report to the city commission. This will be done, they
said, in the case of two complaints from property owners along Baird
Boulevard, who protested being taxed for the planting of trees and the
grading of “islands” on that thoroughfare from Bank Street lo
Maplewood Avenue. A public hearing on this improvement also was conducted
J. Daley, city engineer and clerk of the assessment commission by
virtue of his position, explained after the hearing that the two Baird
Boulevard property owners said they felt that the expenses of the improvement
should be borne by the people who erected the properties along the
said that each abutting property owner on Cooper
Street, from Fourth to Ninth Street, will pay an assessment of
approximately $5.50 per front foot for the widening. The city taxpayers
as a whole, he said, will also bear $5.50 per front foot, the other half
of the cost of the improvement. The total cost of the widening, he
reported was $35126, of which abutting property owners will pay $17,400,
and the city taxpayers about $17,700.
Baird Boulevard improvement, Daley
said, cost a total of $3,020, of which the abutting property owners will
pay $2,140 and the city taxpayer, as whole, $880. The cost to such
property owner per lot, he explained, will be about $10, all lots being
about 20 feet wide.
assessment on both improvements, Daley
reported, will be fixed by the city after the commissioners of assessment
file their report. The city commission will then fix a date when property
owners who may have objections may appear at a public hearing.
January 16, 1928
ENGINEER CLERK IS AGAIN DISCHARGED
|Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1938|
A. Varbalow -
Thomas J. Daley
Frank M. Travaline
E. Roberts Jr.
Clifford Baldwin - John H. Reiners Jr
|Camden Courier-Post * February 23, 1938|
Wilson High School - Joseph
A. Varbalow - Clifford
Thomas J. Daley - J. David Stern - J. William Markeim
Dr. Joseph E. Roberts - Frank M. Travaline Jr. - John H. Reiners Jr.
Dr. Byron G. Tuttle - Dr. David D. Helm - George Munger
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