T. J. TIRPIE
T. J. Tirpie, who occupies the position of public administrator of Nevada City, has spent his entire life in California and is justly proud of the fact that he is a native son of the Golden state and has witnessed much of its advancement and progress. He was born in Nevada City, on the 1st of May, 1869, his parents being Frank and Bridget (McManus) Tirpie, both of whom were natives of the Emerald Isle. His father was a bookbinder by trade and on bidding adieu to the land of his birth he crossed the briny deep to New York City, where he arrived in 1852. Here he worked at his trade for three years, after which he came to California, where he became identified with mining interests. He has since been connected with the search of the metals that nature has so bountifully supplied to California and which have proved one of her chief resources of wealth.
T. J. Tirpie is the youngest of four children and at the early age of fourteen years he started out in life on his own account. He began working in the mines and for many years was connected with his father in that way. Early in 1897 he met with an accident which forced him to remain idle for several months, and when he was again able to resume work he turned his attention to the stone cutter’s trade, in which line he is now taking and executing contracts. The work done under his supervision is always of a high grade, giving satisfaction to those who engage his services. He is prompt and reliable and his business methods will bear the closest investigation.
In 1898 Mr. Tirpie was elected to the office of public administrator of Nevada City for a four-year term and is therefore the present incumbent. He is associated with the Miners’ Union, was one of the promoters of the organization and is now filling the office of financial secretary. He also holds membership in the Ancient Order of United Workmen. His home relations are very pleasant. On the 16th of August, 1896, he was happily married to Miss Sallie McCauley, of Pennsylvania, a lady of culture and refinement sustaining a high reputation in educational circles. For eleven years she engaged in teaching in the public schools of Nevada City, and in 1894 was the nominee on the Democratic ticket for county superintendent of public instruction. Although the county was very strongly Republican, she was defeated by a majority of only seventy-two, a fact which indicates her popularity. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Tirpie is now graced by the presence of two interesting little children, Adrian T. and William G. Their friends are numbered among the best people of the community and their home is noted for its hospitality.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.