AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1104
FARLEY. In a publication which
purports to touch upon the history of the men and forces whose contributions to
the development and material prosperity of Windham county has been of
distinctive scope and importance, it is but consistent that more than passing
attention be accorded to Messrs. Simon and George Farley, who have been of
marked service to their city, county and State, through various avenues of
usefulness, being identified with enterprises which can not be considered as
other than potent factors in connection with the industrial activities of this
favored section of the State of Connecticut.
We are thus gratified in being here able to enter individual sketches of
the careers of these honored citizens and representative business men of the
city of Putnam, offering in the sketch of the elder brother such genealogical
data as is available. Success does
not depend so much upon the possession of talents or powers unusual to the
majority of mankind as upon the exercise of those qualities which are common to
all. Hope is of the valley, while
effort is climbing the mountain side, so that personal advancement comes not to
the one who hopes alone, but to the one whose hope and faith are those of
definite action. We may thus hold in
high esteem the result of individual accomplishment, and accord the credit and
honor to those who have achieved success through worthy means, as have Simon and
Farley is a native of the Dominion of Canada, having been born in the town of
St. Norbert, County of Berthier, June 5, 1846, his ancestry in the agnatic line
being of Scotch-Irish extraction, and in the maternal line of pure French
Farley, his father, was born on the Isle of Du Pas, Province of Quebec, Canada,
June 20, 1810, and his death occurred Feb. 17, 1893, at Berthierville, Canada,
where he had long maintained his home, and where he commanded unqualified
confidence and esteem by reason of his sterling integrity and honor in all the
relations of life. He was a
blacksmith by trade, and to the same he devoted more or less attention during
the major portion of his long and active life, while he also attained success in
connection with the great basic industry of agriculture, with which he was long
identified, being a man of unflagging industry and excellent business ability.
He was a man of influence in his community, and was naturally called upon
to serve in various positions of public trust and responsibility, in which
connection it should be noted that for three years he was identified with the
commission which had in charge the determining of the dividing line between
Canada and the United States. He was
a man of marked mental and physical vigor, having escaped the many neutral ills
to which human flesh is heir, and having retained exceptional health until the
closing years of his life, while his genial and kindly nature won to him warm
and lasting friendships. In the year
1839 was solemnized the marriage of Hypolyte Farley to Domithilde Durand, who
was born in Berthier, Canada, daughter of Paul Durand, who was of stanch French
lineage. She is still living,
maintaining her home in Berthierville, Canada, and being seventy-nine years of
age at the time of this writing (September, 1902).
Concerning the children of Hypolyte and Domithilde Farley we enter the
following brief record: Adolph, who
is now living retired in St. Gabriel, Canada, was for many years successfully
engaged in farming in that locality, where he has reared his four sons and two
daughters. Exilda died the age of
sixteen years. David is a retired
farmer, residing in St. Gabriel, Canada, and he has five daughters.
Simon is the next in order of birth.
Louis, who was for fifteen years engaged in the bakery business in
Berthierville, Canada, is now living retired, in that place, and has one son and
one daughter. George, who is one of
the prominent business men of Putnam, Connecticut, is the subject of the sketch
which immediately follows this. Paul,
who is engaged in the harness business at St. Gabriel, Canada, has five sons and
two daughters. Edward, who is a
prominent shoe merchant of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has six daughters and two
sons. Henry was the manager of an
extensive clothing establishment in Fall River, Mass., but now resides in
Pawtucket, R.I.; he has one daughter. Eloize
is the wife of Gardien Coutu, who was formerly a sea captain, was twenty years
alderman and is now superintendent of the waterworks at Berthierville, Canada.
Marie Louise became the wife of Jerimie Lefebre, a farmer of
Berthierville, Canada, where her death occurred in 1900; she left three sons and
Xavier Farley, the grandfather of our subject, was born in the Isle of Du Pas,
Canada, and passed his entire life in the dominion, having been a successful
farmer and having acquired a valuable estate, which is still in the possession
of his descendants. He lived to
attain the patriarchal age of ninety-three years, and was endowed with that fine
physical vigor which has been characteristic of the family, and which ever
stands typical of right living. Francois
X. Farley married Elizabeth de Sicard, likewise of French descent, and she died
at the age of eighty-seven years. They
became the parents of eight children, whose names, in the order of birth, were
as follows: Antoine, Hypolyte,
Louis, Amable, David, Clement, Auralie and Delphine.
Of these it may be stated that Amable Farley was a valiant soldier in the
army of the United States during the Civil war, in which he held the office of
captain, and in which he attained a high reputation for bravery and gallantry.
He was named for an uncle, who was a captain in the King’s service
during the war of 1812. On one
occasion his men were suffering for want of food and other provision, and the
intrepid captain met the exigency by breaking into one of the king’s provision
houses and securing rations for his command, regardless of what the consequences
might be, his men fearing to follow his leadership in this bold effort.
great-grandfather of our subject in the agnatic line was James Antoine Phillips
Farley, who was born in the north of Ireland, whence he came to Canada when a
lad of twelve years, in 1707, becoming an extensive and influential farmer in
the county of Berthier, and owning the farm which is still held in the
possession of his descendants. He
was one of the first settlers in that section of the Dominion, and was one of
the honored and influential citizens of the locality.
The church and parsonage are located on land which was donated by him for
the purpose, and he was ever foremost in the promotion of all worthy enterprises
for the advancement of the civic and material prosperity of the community in
which he lived to venerable age, and in which he held the respect and high
esteem of all who knew him. He
married Elizabeth Lemarise, daughter of Lord Lemarise, of Montreal, and they
reared a family of several children.
Farley, whose name initiates this review, was reared in his native county,
receiving his preliminary educational discipline in the parochial schools, after
which he entered Berthier Academie, where he completed a five years’ course of
study, being graduated as a member of the class of 1863.
After leaving school Mr. Farley gave inception to his practical business
career by securing a clerkship in the general merchandise establishment of
Francois Gervais, in Sorel, Canada, retaining this incumbency for four and
one-half years, at the expiration of which time, in 1867, he came to the United
States, visiting divers sections of the Union for the purpose of gaining a
knowledge of the country and business methods.
In this connection he tarried for an interval in a number of the leading
cities, including St. Paul, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans and New York, and
gaining much practical information which proved of great value to him in his
future business career. On July 15,
1868, Mr. Farley arrived in Putnam, Conn., where he was employed for several
months in the Morse cotton mills, and then he secured a position in the store of
Ely & Co., in Danielson, continuing in the employ of that firm until the
death of Mr. Ely representing a period of nearly fifteen years, within which he
had advanced to a position of responsibility through his able and faithful
service, while he became familiar with all details of the dry-goods business, so
that he was well equipped for conducting an enterprise on his own responsibility
at the time when he withdrew from the service of the firm mentioned.
He opened a dry-goods and clothing store in Danielson, while later he
opened branch establishments in Putnam and Grosvenor Dale.
In Danielson he originally occupied quarters in the Evans block, but his
business so rapidly increased in scope that he was obliged to erect a new
building in order to secure the requisite accommodations, and after conducting a
profitable enterprise for a period of four years he disposed of his realty in
Danielson, and removed his stock of goods to Putnam, continuing the business at
Grosvenor Dale for a period of eight years, and then adding the stock from his
store there to the one in his main establishment in Putnam, a fire in the former
store having entailed to him a considerable loss just prior to the
consolidation. Mr. Farley opened
business in Putnam under favorable auspices, being first located in the Bailey
block, whence he later removed to the old Mansfield building, where he continued
business some time. Recognizing that
larger and more eligible quarters were demanded for the proper display of his
goods, and the accommodation of the increasing trade, he contracted for one of
the stores in the new Court House building, which was in process of erection at
the time, and there he continued his dry-goods and clothing business until June
15, 1900, having built up a large and prosperous business during the thirteen
years of his identification with the industrial activities of Putnam, and having
gained prestige as one of the town’s most able, conservative and successful
business men, his course having been such as to gain to him unequivocal
confidence and esteem, and a resulting support of the most representative order.
On the date mentioned Mr. Farley disposed of his stock and business to
N.H. Hulburt, who still conducts the enterprise.
Since his retirement from the business noted he has given his attention
to the handling of real estate, and to the conducting of a rapidly increasing
insurance business, while in addition to this important enterprise he purchased,
in September, 1901, the drug store of J.F. Donahue, so that he is still
identified with the mercantile activities of Putnam, while his personal
popularity insures to the latter enterprise a continual growth of patronage.
politics Mr. Farley gives an uncompromising allegiance to the Republican party,
of whose principles and policies he is a stanch advocate, and though he has had
no personal ambition in a political way he has rendered effective service to his
party, and is at present time a member of the city Republican committee of
Putnam, while he has been incumbent consecutively of the office of tax collector
from the time of the incorporation of Putnam as a city, in 1896.
He and his wife are zealous and valued members of the Baptist church, in
which they have held membership since 1888, and fraternally Mr. Farley is
identified with the Blue Lodge and Chapter of the Masonic order, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Ancient Order
of United Workmen and the Foresters of America.
It may be noted in the connection that he was the first person of French
descent to become a naturalized American citizen in Danielson.
June 20, 1869, in Moosup, Conn., was solemnized the marriage of Simon Farley to
Miss Mathilde Reeves, daughter of Eugene and Zoe (Senecal) Reeves, of Canada.
Of the children of this union we incorporate the following record:
Eugenia, born in Danielson, March 31, 1870, is the wife of Dr. Oswald
Gregoire, a prominent dentist of Southbridge, Massachusetts.
George W.H., born in Danielson, Sept. 6, 1873, is engaged in the bakery
business and in the manufacturing of a patent clasp for ladies’ skirts, in
Chicago; he married Miss Lillian M. Blair, of Chicago.
Arthur Paul, born in Danielson, Dec. 30, 1874, is engaged in the practice
of dentistry in the city of Providence, R.I.; he married Ada Bampton, of
Providence. Albina, born in
Danielson, June 8, 1877, is the wife of Dr. Andrew J. Fortier, who is engaged in
the practice of dentistry at Pawtucket, R.I.
Louise Delvina, born in Danielson, April 9, 1880, was graduated in the
convent at Fall River, Mass., as a member of the class of 1899, having
exceptional musical talent and now devoting her attention to the study of vocal
music, in which line her interpretations have met with the most favorable
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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