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