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John Donald Daly
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1841
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1923
California, USA

Former dairyman who went into the real estate business. Daly City, CA is named after him. Son of Michael Daly and Isabel Donald.

“Mission Milk King” and Founder of Daly City Succumbs to Pneumonia

John D. Daly, founder of Daly City, also known as “The Milk King of the Mission,” and a picturesque California pioneer died yesterday at his home, 1884 San Jose avenue, at the age of 81 years.

At the age of 12, Daly came from Boston to California in 1854, and soon afterward engaged in the milk business. He established what became known as The San Mateo Dairy. A portion of the original homestead, the ranch house, is still standing in Daly City. Gaining success in the milk business, Daly later organized the Dairy Delivery Company, of which he was an executive director until recently.

In this as well as in other business matters in which he was interested, Daly amassed a fortune, estimated by his associates as exceeding $1,000,000. He was general manager of the Cowell Lime and Cement Company, and organized the Daly City bank, of which he was president.

In the Mission District he participated actively in political and fraternal affairs and gained a wide circle of friends. He was generous in private charities. While he never sought political office he aided many men to achieve their ambitions in public life. He was a member of Mission Lodge No. 169 F. and A. M., and of Yerba Buena Lodge No. 15 of the Odd Fellows.

Daly was active in patriotic movements. Under the American flag upon his desk is the slogan “Thank God I am an American.” Another slogan which he frequently used in talking with friends was: “Once a Republican Always a Republican.”

On his birthday last October some one asked Daly if he used tobacco. The reply was: “Yes, once a day – all day.”

He is survived by his widow, who was Miss. Florence Adele Smart, and whom he married three years ago. For many years her father, the late George Smart, was associated with Daly in the development of the milk business in the Mission District. She is wealthy in her own right. Daly also leaves five children, Mrs. Minnie E. Carson, Mrs. Sarah T. Tilton, Mrs. Mrs. Isabelle George, Mrs. Ida E. Levensaler and Irving R. Daly.

News of the death of the pioneer created general sorrow in the Mission, where Daly’s charities are best known. Among those who visited the home last night to offer condolences to the family were Eugene Casserly, John William Marchbank, Eddie Graney and many other close friends. 
Family links: 
  Lillie Frances Carrick Daly (1848 - 1912)*
  Sarah Florence Tilton (1869 - 1950)*
  Irving Reid Daly (1879 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Memorial Park
San Mateo County
California, USA
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John Donald Daly
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- Bernard Johnson
 Added: Jul. 12, 2015
Founding father of Daly City
- Brandon
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015
may you est in arms of jesus
- jo hagen
 Added: Sep. 9, 2006
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