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.
Transcribed by 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.