Biography of Thomas N. Jaques
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THOMAS NAPIER JAQUES - Engaged for more than a half a century in the mason and building trade, in which he followed his father's footsteps, Mr. Jaques has achieved much distinction in that field, and during his long career in the work can point to many important buildings throughout The Bronx, which are examples of his craftsmanship. Recognized as a man of much talent, he was appointed to the Department of Highways, of which he was inspector of work on the Pelham Parkway Gardens, and the paving of the sidewalks of the One Hundred and Forty ninth Street Bridge and of Fulton Avenue in the Bronx. He is now employed as head of the division of permits in the department. A native and lifelong resident of The Bronx, Mr. Jaques has been active in the welfare of his community and is a member of the Old Timers' Association, whose requirement to membership is limited to those of long residence in the county. He is the son of Robert Howell and Mary (Miller) Jaques, both of whom were born and have lived in New York City during their whole lives; his father was born in 1817 and died in 1880, and his mother was born in 1818 and died in 1905.

Thomas Napier Jaques was born November 13, 1854, on Melrose Street, now. One Hundred and Fifty sixth Street in The Bronx. He attended the old school at One Hundred and Fifty eighth Street and Third Avenue, leaving to enter the employ of his father, who was established as a successful mason and builder and with whom Mr. Jaques served his apprenticeship, learning the rudiments of the trade, which he mastered speedily and efficiently. Continuing with his father for three years, Mr. Jaques went with the J. and W. C. Spears, masons and builders, and was engaged in the construction of the County Court House at Chambers Street, New York City. After eight years with that concern, he became superintendent of the Charles F. Hart Company, and discharged his duties diligently and efficiently for nineteen years, at which time he established himself as an independent contractor for a number of years. He was then employed by John Lowry, Jr., who had the contract for the construction of the Machinist Building for New York University, and with whom he remained for six months, when he supervised the building of the Rogers Department Store on Fordham Road and One Hundred and Ninetieth Street for Fountain and Choate. Completing that work, Mr. Jaques was appointed to a civil service position in the Borough of The Bronx, where he had charge of the work of the gardens in Pelham Parkway and of the laying of the sidewalks in many of the streets and bridges in The Bronx. Later he was made inspector in charge of the Division of Permits in the Department of Highways, in which capacity he has served ably and satisfactorily since. He is a member of the Bricklayers' Union, No. 37, of The Bronx, and after forty years of faithful and valuable membership has been made a superannuated member. He is likewise a member of the Old Timers' Association of The Bronx and has been instrumental in making that organization an influential one in the community. Mr. Jaques is a communicant of the Roman Catholic faith, and attends the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in The Bronx.

Thomas Napier Jaques married, in June, 1884, in The Bronx, Mary Rooney, whose father and mother, Michael and Margaret (McIlmun) Rooney, were natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Jaques are the parents of the following children: 1. Robert John, born February 20, 1885. 2. Anna Mary, born September 16, 1887, who was for several years a teacher in The Bronx, but died January 24, 1920. 3. Thomas Napier, Jr., born July 5, 1890; married Annie Fisher, who have a daughter, Isabelle. The family makes its home at No. 1513 Commonwealth Avenue, in The Bronx.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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