San Diego County
Tom Hurley, a resident of Oceanside
for many years, is the capable chairman of the board of supervisors of San
Diego County and has long been numbered among the most prominent and
influential citizens of the community.
He was born in Washington, D. C., June 13, 1867, his parents being
Thomas and Catherine (Quill) Hurley, both of whom are deceased.
While in the east Tom Hurley was
identified with the amusement business for many years and also conducted a
hotel in Philadelphia for a decade. This
hotel was famous in its day and was a favorite with the theatrical
profession. Following his removal
westward he took up a homestead claim at Estes Park, Colorado, and in the early
mining days was a restaurant proprietor at Victor, Colorado. He went to Goldfield, Nevada, in the boom
days and thence came to San Diego County, California, entering the poultry
business at Bonsall on a large scale. He became an organizer of the Poultry
Association of California, of which he was a director for five years and also
served as field representative. In 1922
he was elected a member of the board of supervisors of San Diego County, on
which he has served to the present time by re-elections and of which he is now
chairman. He was unanimously chosen
president of the County Supervisors of California and is also president of the
Supervisors of Southern Counties. As a
board member of the California Chamber of Commerce he is very active in the development
of highways. Mr. Hurley was a candidate
for nomination as Democratic congressman from his district in 1932.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr.
Hurley was united in marriage to Miss Susan Richmond, who is known throughout
San Diego County as “Aunt Sue” and is loved by all for her many fine qualities
of heart and mind. She belongs to no
clubs but is a real home lover and delights in entertaining her many friends at
her attractive residence at 423 North Nevada Street in Oceanside. Mr. Hurley was the founder of Lodge No. 1561
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Oceanside and its first
exalted ruler. His life has been an
upright and honorable one in every relation and he is widely recognized as one
of the leading and respected citizens of San Diego County.
V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South
Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 105-106, Clarke Publ.,
Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.