Thomas M. Daniels


THOMAS M. DANIELS, deceased, who during his lifetime was onspicuously identified with the manufacture of sewer-pipe, was one of the prominent citizens of Toronto. He was born in Jefferson county, January 1, 1847. In early manhood he entered the Jefferson sewerpipe works as a workman, and in a short time associated himself with the Messrs. Hood and Connelly and leased the works, which they operated under the firm name of Connelly, Hood & Co. Finally retiring from that firm he formed a partnership with R. M. Francy, and leased the Calumet works, which were then for some time conducted by the firm of Francy & Daniels. Subsequently Mr. Daniels purchased the site upon which the Great Western works are now located, and commenced the erection of a factory in which an interest was sold to R. M. Francy before completion. About this time Mr. Daniels' health began to fail, and he retired from business and traveled through the south and west. This, however, failed to benefit him, and he died September 11, 1884, a short time after his return to Toronto. He left a wife, whose maiden name was Susanna Peters, to whom he was married September 1, 1870, and three children, Charles, John and Jefferson. Mr. Daniels was a member of the Masonic order and the Odd Fellows. He was a man of great enterprise, founded the first newspaper of the town, erected several business buildings, and all his efforts were for the advancement of the town which was his home.

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