Bio: Kiley, Thomas J. (1881)
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 212.


THOMAS J. KILEY, Chippewa Falls, was born in the town of Georgia, Franklin Co., Vt., Sept. 12, 1840. Resided there until 1856, when his parents removed with their family to Milton, Chittenden Co., Vt. Aug. 9, 1862, Thomas J., enlisted in Company D, 10th Vt. V. I. and served until July 16, 1865. After leaving the army he resided in Milton, Vt., until April, 1866, when he came to Eau Claire, Wis., where he was employed for one Summer as scaler and book-keeper for the firm of Moore & Sherman. The following Winter he taught school in the town of Wheaton, being the first male teacher ever employed in that town. In the Spring of 1867, he entered the employ of H. T. Rumsey & Co., at Chippewa City, he was scaler and book-keeper for that firm until July, 1868, he then came to Chippewa Falls, and until October of the same year he was in the service of the County Treasurer and County Clerk. He left the county offices to become Principal of Ward One School, and continued in that school until July. 1879, when he entered the school there were but sixty pupils, at the time he retired from his position he had an attendance of 497; during the period he was connected with this school he fitted sixty-five of his pupils for teachers. Prof. Kiley was married in Chippewa Falls, March 8, 1867, to Miss Rosa Lynn. She was born in South Bend, Ind. They have three children living: Thomas J. Jr., Eugene G. and Rosa Genevieve. Lost two children: Charles, who died when only eight weeks old, and Eugene who was four years of age at the time of death. Mr. Kiley was for three years Alderman of the First Ward, and was for two years President of the Common Council, he was also Supervisor for one year.



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