Biography of Dr. Oral I. Daley
Tulare County, CA Biographies





Dr. Oral I. Daley, formerly and for many years a practicing physician in Porterville and who of late years has been giving his attention to his extensive live stock interests in Tulare county, one of the best known and most successful breeders of pure bred registered Hereford cattle in this section of the state, is a native son of California and has been a resident of this state all his life, a resident of Porterville, with a brief exception, for nearly a quarter of a century. He was born on a farm in the valley of the Moraga, in Contra Costa county, August 21, 1879, and is a son of James M. and Lizzie (Hunsaker) Daley, the latter of whom, a native of Missouri and a resident of California since the days of her girlhood, is still living on the old home place in the vicinity of the village of Lafayette in Contra Costa county. She came into California in a covered wagon with her parents in the '60s and has many an interesting tale to tell of the days of the pioneers in that section in which her family settled. The late James M. Daley, who was a native of Tennessee, also came into this state by the plains route, in the '60s and was for some time after his arrival here engaged in teaching school. After his marriage he established his home on a farm in Contra Costa county and there developed a good piece of property. Of the nine children born to him and his wife, of whom Dr. Daley is the fifth in order of birth, all are living save one.

Reared on the home farm in the neighborhood of Lafayette, Oral I. Daley had his initial education in the local schools and early became seriously interested in the study of medicine. Under local preceptorship he was prepared for college and then he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1901, then being in his twenty second year. In the fall of that same year (1901) Dr. Daley became established in practice in Porterville and continued in practice there for five years, or until 1906, when he moved to Loyalton in Sierra county. In this latter place he practiced until the fall of 1911, when, following his marriage, he returned to Porterville and reestablished himself in that city. In 1915 he retired from practice in order that he might give his undivided attention to the considerable live stock interests he meanwhile had been developing there.

Dr. Daley has a well equipped and well stocked cattle ranch in the mountains east of Porterville and on that place has one of the best herds of registered Herefords in this section of the state. This herd is led by registered sires and the products of the ranch are in wide demand on the part of those seeking pure bred Range stock, some of the cows from the ranch selling for as high as eight hundred and fifty dollars. It is no unusual thing for a young bull from this ranch to fetch as much as five hundred dollars in the market and calves from the ranch sell for one hundred dollars to three hundred dollars. In addition to his live stock interests Dr. Daley also is the holder of other substantial interests, including valuable real estate in Porterville, and in association with his brother is the owner of a business block on Main street. In the spring of 1924 he was elected to represent his ward on the board of city trustees and has since been giving considerable attention to local municipal affairs.

On July 27, 1911, in San Francisco, Dr. Oral I. Daley was united in marriage to Miss Florence Agnes Moran, who was born in San Francisco, a daughter of Harrison Moran. Dr. and Mrs. Daley have three children, sons all: Oral Richard, born in 1915; Vinton Allan, born in 1917; and Donald Leroy, born in 1924. Dr. Daley is a Royal Arch Mason, affiliated with Alamo Lodge No. 122, F. & A. M., in Contra Costa county, and with Chapter No. 31, R. A. M., in Martinez, and both he and Mrs. Daley are members of Palm Leaf Chapter No. 114, Order of the Eastern Star, in Porterville. Though no longer active in practice, the Doctor retains his interest and keeps abreast of the time in medical science. The Daleys have a very pleasant home at No. 547 Murray avenue. They are republicans in politics and are affiliated with the Congregational church.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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