Biography of Charles J. Farley
Will County, Il Biographies





Charles Joseph Farley, superintendent and joint agent for the Chicago & Alton Railroad and the Santa Fe and Rock Island Railroads at the Joliet Union Depot Terminal, is widely and favorably known throughout Will County. He was born at Braidwood, Ill., Feb. 1, 1889, the son of James J. and Margaret (Dougherty) Farley.

James J. Farley was born in Ireland and came to Massachusetts in early life. His wife was a native of Illinois. He engaged in the mercantile business at Providence, R. I., before locating at Braidwood, Ill., where he was interested in the confectionery and grocery business. He died in 1899 and his wife died in 1893. They are buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Braidwood. Mr. Farley was a Democrat and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. There were four children in the Farley family: Mame and Catherine, live at Joliet; Agnes, married Thomas Murphy, lives at Joliet; and Charles Joseph, the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Charles Joseph Farley was spent at Braidwood, where he attended the parochial schools. He then learned telegraphy while in the employ of the Chicago & Alton Railroad. He worked at various points on this railroad and in 1907 was transferred to the accounting department, where he did special work on station accounts. Three years later he was sent to Joliet in charge of the ticket department of the Chicago & Alton. In 1910 he became associated with the Santa Fe Railroad as ticket clerk in this city. On Nov. 1, 1912, when the new Union Depot was erected he became local ticket agent and in 1918 succeeded the late J. C. Fealey as superintendent and joint agent for the Chicago & Alton, Santa Fe, and Rock Island Railroads. For many years Mr. Farley has conducted various organizations on tours throughout the United States, being in charge of personally conducted tours for the Shriners, Knights Templar, Knights of Columbus, Elks, and American Legion.

Mr. Farley is a Democrat in politics. He is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, Elks lodge, Rotary Club, and Holy Name Society. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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