Biography of Joseph M. Darling
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Darling, Joseph Monroe, architect, a son of Horatio and Watie (Taylor) Darling, was born in Gloucester, R. I., July 18, 1835, and removed with his parents to Fall River when be was five years old. He was educated in the schools of Fall River and for three years after leaving school worked in Eddy's woolen mill. He then followed the trade of a carpenter and contractor for fifteen years, erecting in the mean time many large dwellings, business blocks and public buildings, including several school houses. For the past twenty five years he has followed the occupation of an architect and has had an extensive business. He has designed numerous public and private buildings, all of which are noted as fine specimens of architecture. One of the last buildings that he designed and which displays more than ordinary skill and ability is the Boys' Club. a magnificent edifice presented to Fall River by Matthew B. C. Borden, of New York city. Mr. Darling's two sons, Joseph and Frederick, superintend his extensive contract business. His son George is an architect and is associated with his father in business. They have designed most of the new school houses of Fall River and numerous other buildings. Mr. Darling was a member of the City Council of Fall River three years, being a member of the committee that snperintended the introduction of the water supply of Fall River. He is a Mason and a member of U. I. O. O. of F. In 1840 he married Hettie A., daughter of George and Mehitable Reynolds of Rhode Island. They have seven children; Joseph M., George, Annie W., Edward B., Frederick E., Edith M. and Minnie H.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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