San Francisco County
THEODORE VAIL HALSEY
Theodore Vail Halsey, president of the Telephone Investment Corporation in San Francisco, was born in Pine City, Minnesota, April 12, 1873, a son of Anthony Post Halsey and Emma (Vail) Halsey. Mr. Halsey’s mother was a sister of Theodore N. Vail, who was largely instrumental in establishing and developing the Bell Telephone System throughout the United States; also a niece of Alfred Vail, who was associated with the inventor, S. F. B. Morse, in the development of the first telegraph system.
Theodore V. Halsey received his education in the public schools of San Jose, California, where his family resided for many years after coming to California from Minnesota in 1882. He is not only at the head of the Telephone Investment Corporation but is also president of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, operating in the Philippine Islands, having been closely identified with the introduction and development of the telephone systems in the Philippine Islands since 1906. For many years prior to January 1, 1930, he was also an executive officer of The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, San Francisco.
Mr. Halsey married Emma M. Wright, daughter of William H. and Myra Quinby Wright, and they are the parents of two children, Theodore Vail, Jr., and Myra Eugenia.
Politically, Mr. Halsey is a stanch republican, while his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the Masonic order, in which he has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine; and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Union League Club of San Francisco, and the Los Altos Golf and Country Club. His home is in Los Altos, and his offices at 116 New Montgomery street, San Francisco, California.
Transcribed by: Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.
Source: Byington, Lewis Francis, “History of San Francisco 3 Vols”, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1931. Vol. 2 Pages 125-129.
© 2007 Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.