DANIEL A. O'BRIEN
Situated at 538 Eighth street, is the oldest plumbing establishment in the city of Oakland, owned by Daniel A.
O'Brien, who has for many years commanded a large and representative patronage and is numbered among the city's
leading business men. Born in San Francisco, California, on the 12th of March, 1869, he is a son of John and Mary
(Connors) O'Brien. His father came to California, by way of the isthmus route, in 1850, and settled in San Francisco,
where for many years he was employed as an engineer on the docks, from which line of work he retired about five
years prior to his death. His wife, whom he married in New York city, also is deceased.
Daniel O'Brien attended the Lincoln school in San Francisco and the Lincoln school and St. Joseph's Academy in
Oakland, after which he worked in a drug store. Later he learned the plumbing trade, going to work in the shop
of Daizell & Moeller in 1888. In 1891 he engaged in business on his own account and so continues his service
here covering a period of thirty seven years, during which time he has done the plumbing on a number of public
buildings and some of the most prominent business blocks in the city, besides numberless residences. He employs
six men, all of whom are expert in their line, and he enjoys a well earned reputation for the high quality of his
work, in which he takes a justifiable pride.
Mr. O'Brien was united in marriage to Miss Mary Imhoff, of Murphysboro, Jackson county, Illinois, and they are
the parents of two children, Roy John, who is engaged in the moving picture business, and Gertrude, who is married
and has two children. Mr. O'Brien has always supported the republican party and has shown a keen interest in public
affairs, though he has never been induced to accept public office. He is a member of the old Volunteer fire department,
and later of the paid department, his service covering a period of sixteen years. He is now a member of the Firemen's
Relief Association, and also belongs to Piedmont Parlor, No. 125, N. S. G. W. He has been loyal to his community,
true to all the obligations of citizenship, has cooperated in all movements for the advancement of the public welfare,
and is regarded as one of Oakland's solid and substantial business men.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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