Biography of Thomas J. Critchley
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THOMAS JAMES CRITCHLEY.
Thomas James Critchley, who is handling a very successful transfer business in the town of St. Helena, Napa county, was born in Liverpool, England, on the 15th of December, 1864. He secured his initial education in the public schools of that place, and in 1876, at the age of twelve years, he accompanied his family on their immigration to the United States. They settled in the Suisun valley, Solano county, and he completed his education in the schools of that locality, after which he went to work on the Steve Burke ranch. He then became a seafaring man, sailing on coastwise side wheel steamers and on deep water steamers. For a time he was in the engineering department of the Oceanic Steamship Company of San Francisco, being assigned to the steamer Clinco. He made a number of trips to Australia and to China, and later he worked for a time on tow boats in San Francisco bay. He then left the sea and went to Elko, Nevada, where he served for twenty seven years as superintendent of the water and light plant. In 1922 Mr. Critchley came to St. Helena and bought the draying business of Gus Hyde, which he is still operating, owning five motor trucks. His son, Melvin P., is in partnership with him, and they are handling their full share of the transfer business of this locality. They are prompt, reliable and careful in their work and have gained an enviable reputation as the leaders in their line in this community.

Mr. Critchley was married to Miss Alice Waterman, who was born in Iowa and reared in Solano county, California, and they are the parents of the following children: Melvin P., who is his father's business associate; J. B., a traffic officer for Napa county; A. T., grape inspector for Napa county; Mrs. Kinney, and Robert S. Mr. Critchley is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in all of its branches, at Elko, Nevada.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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