Claffey, Thomas

Submitted by Carol Washburn on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 00:59

Claffey, Thomas, News , appeared in Acton Free Press, 28 Jun 1888 , page 2 , column 2
Thomas Claffey, a Well-Known Character in
Acton's Early History Died in
Mr. Thomas Claffey died suddenly on June 6th in Sharon, Pa., at the age of 70, and was buried at Newcastle, Pa. He left a wife and five children, viz., Mrs. Jennie Levake, Alliance, O.; Mrs. Mary Albin, Belleville, Ill., Mr. James Claffey, Mrs. Susan Honley and Mr. Thos. Claffey, of Sharon, Pa., all of whom arrived in time to attend his funeral. Mr. Claffey was one of the best known business men residing in Acton in the years from 1850 to 1865. He was a successful railroad contractor and built the greater part of the Grand Trunk railway between Toronto and Sarnia; also the Northern railway between Toronto and Barrie, being the trusty business manager of Messrs. Walter and Frank Shanley. He also built the Esplanade in Toronto. In 1859 he owned 700 acres of land in and about Acton, and the people of this vicinity gratefully remember the assistance he gave in the purchase of timber, ties and railway supplies as well as the hiring of teams and labor. The Roman Catholic church at Dublin owes much to his generous subscriptions. Although not possessed of much worldly wealth at the time of his demise, in 1864 he had as much as $80,000 in the Commercial Bank of Toronto. Many of his old time friends in Acton, Guelph and Georgetown will hear with regret of his death.

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