Biography of Thomas P. Daly
Imperial County, CA Biographies





THOMAS P. DALY. - In the rapidly developing section of Lower California "Progress" seems to be the watchword, and no one seems better suited to bear the standard than Thomas P. Daly. He has contributed much to that part of California. In addition to his position of responsibility, the interests which he represents have honored him with positions of trust, specially showing their belief in his personal integrity in making him president and general manager of the Imperial Development Company S. A., which comprise the Cudahy holdings, comprising sixteen thousand acres of land in Lower California. Mr. Daly is a native of Chicago, Illinois; his birth occurred August 19, 1888. son of Patrick and Rosalie M. (Molitor) Daly. His father was born in Connecticut, and his mother is a native of Luxemburg. Thomas P. Daly acquired his education in the public and high schools of Chicago, Illinois, after which he took a business course. After the completion of his business course, he accepted a position in accounting and construction work for various firms in Chicago. Coming to Imperial Valley in 1911, he started development work and farming for the Cudahy interests. Owing to revolutionary disturbances, the early development work in the property was retarded and delayed. Active development was resumed in 1913, and has been continued to date. During the 1918 season close to 7000 acres are under intensive cultivation, over 5000 acres of which are planted to Durango long staple cotton. This special type of Durango cotton was started in 1914, and since that year Mr. Daly has been selecting and improving the seed stock and now it commands fancy premiums. In addition to the cotton a highly developed hog department is operated, raising many hundred of Duroc Jersey hogs every year. A poultry and dairy department is also in active operation. The ranch also raises all the feed required for the 325 horses and mules used on the ranch. The subject of this review has been identified with the Cudahy interests nearly eight years and was united in marriage November, 1913, to Miss Rith Carroll of Chicago. Illinois, a daughter of George and Bridget Carroll, both residents of Calexico. Her father has been prominently identified as a builder contractor in the east. To Mr. and Mrs. Daly have been born two children: Virginia Rose, born December 16, 1914, and Thomas P. Jr., born July 8, 1917. Noteworthy among the positions Mr. Daly holds is president of the Lower California Agricultural Association, comprising most of the American growers in Lower California. He is president of the Imperial Delta Cotton Association, which is a cooperative marketing association. Fraternally Mr. Daly is a member of the Knights of Columbus of Chicago, Illinois. He is a type of the sterling, broad minded and farseeing men who have made the gratifying history of Lower California. His ability and business acumen have given him a high place in the regard of his fellow men.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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