Biography of Thamos Dark, Sr.


Dark, Thomas, Sr., Buffalo, one of the oldest and foremost contractors and sanitary engineers in Western New York, was born at Kingswood, near Bristol, Gloucester county, England, December 21, 1814. Learning the trade of mason and builder in Bristol he followed it successfully for a number of years, taking many large and important contracts on his own account. In the spring of 1857 he came to America and settled in Buffalo, where he was first employed on the post-office building on the corner of Washington and Seneca streets. A little later he engaged in small contracts on his own account, which was the beginning of the extensive contracting and building business that has ever since been carried on by the firm of Thomas Dark & Sons (George Dark and Thomas Dark, jr.). Samuel J. Dark, a son of Thomas, jr., and a grandson of Thomas Dark, sr., has been an active member of this firm since 1890 and the general manager of the business during the past seven years. About 1882 the firm added a plumbing department in connection with their sanitary and contracting business, and this is in charge of Walter H. Caines as gen eral superintendent, a practical plumber of eighteen years' experience. This branch, which has been conducted since 1893 by the firm of Thomas Dark, Sons & Co., of which Mr. Caines is a member, has grown to important proportions, and like the great contracting industry of Thomas Dark & Sons is one of the leading enterprises of the kind in the city. Thomas Dark, Sr., is a recognized authority on sanitary construction. He is an able sanitary engineer as well as a veteran contractor, and is the inventor and patentee of the Dark sewer receiver and stench trap and a device for cleaning main sewers, both of which are in general use. He is also the originator of other valuable sanitary inventions. He was married in 1833 to Eliza Willis, of Kingswood, England.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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