Superintendent of Upham Brothers Co. of Stoughton in 1918

D. W. Toomey, superintendent of the shoe manufacturing plant of the Upham Brothers Company and one of the stockholders in the business, was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, July i, 1861, a son of Eugene and Ellen (Coughlin) Toomey, natives of Ireland. The father came to America in early life, arriving about 1852, at which time he established his home in Randolph. Later he removed to North Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he resided for a few years, and then established his home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, about 1868. He secured employment in the shoe factories of the city and remained in Stoughton until called to his final rest in 1876, when he was sixty-one years of age. His wife passed away in the '80s.

D. W. Toomey was reared and educated in Stoughton and began work in a shoe factory, continuing in that line until 1900, during which period he was thoroughly mastering the various branches of the business and gaining knowledge and experience which qualified him for his present position. In the year indicated he was called to the position of superintendent of the shoe factory of the Upham Brothers Company, where he has been employed from the age of sixteen years. He knows every feature and phase of the business and he has become a member of the firm, purchasing stock therein. He is well qualified for his present responsibilities and is making a most excellent record by the capability with which he directs the operations of the plant.

Mr. Toomey is of the Catholic faith and politically he maintains an independent attitude. He has been prominent in community affairs and his aid and influence are always on the side of progress and upbuilding. He served for three years on the school board, acting as chairman for one year, is a member of the board of trade, which he joined on its organization and in which he has taken an active part through service on important committees. He belongs to the Red Cross and has done valuable work in raising funds, acting as chairman of the local chapter. He likewise did important service in connection with the raising of the campaign fund for the Young Men's Christian Association and was also treasurer thereof. He is much interested in outdoor sports and turns to these for rest and recreation when leisure permits. With him, however, business responsibilities and public duties take precedence of pleasure and he cooperates heartily in every movement that has to do with the welfare and progress of his community, while at the present time he feels the deepest concern in relation to public affairs in general and does everything in his power to uphold the policy of the government in its relation to the war.

Source: History of Norfolk County Massachusetts 1622-1918 (New York, S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1918), 2:105-106.

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