Timothy Edward Treacy (1861-1946)



Timothy Edward Treacy (1861-1946)

Democratic Party


Timothy Edward Treacy (b. February 22, 1861 in County Limerick, Ireland d. Died: April 26, 1946 in San Francisco, CA)

Married: Delia Finn/Flinn cica 1888


Elsie M. Treacy b. July 1889 SF (married Casey and Calder)

Edmund Jerome Treacy (b.5 Nov 1891 SF d. June 1966) m. Lillian K Murphy (1897 - 1985)

Milton Joseph Treacy (b. July 1892 SF d. 16 Aug. 1969)

Amy C Treacy b. Oct 1893 SF (Mrs. Tuerck)

Harold Timothy Edward Treacy (b. Dec 1898 SF d. 5 Aug 1985 Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California) (m. Rachel Mina Flatland)

Irma Olivia Treacy (b. June 1901; d. June 1982) (m. Joseph Ubanks)


1886-1892: Deputy Sheriff, San Francisco County

1892-1893: Deputy Superintendent of Streets, San Francisco County

Date                Party                Office              Votes               Result

11-03-1896      Democratic      AD-31             0                      Win

03-03-1931      Nonpartisan     SD-21 1958                Win


Legislation: "In 1897 Tim Treacy was elected to the State Assembly and there fathered two bills which became California's first minimum wage and maximum hour law... Treacy's bills set a minimum of $2.00 a day for eight hours of labor." (South of Market Journal, 1937)






Journal of Proceedings, Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco, Volume 41, Issue 1, 1946

South of Market Journal (Vol. XII, No.3 March 1937)





1880 Census - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

self  Ed. J. Gillespie  M 21 Massachusetts, United States 

other  Timothy Treacy  M 20 Ireland, single, Blacksmith 


1900 Census - ED 61 Precinct 16 San Francisco city Ward 31, San Francisco, California, United States

head  Timothy Tracey, b. Feb 1861, M 39 Ireland, married 10 years, 5 child 5 alive, immigration year: 1875, Neutralisation: Na, Contractor, read/write 

wife  Delia Tracey, b. Jan 1867,  F 33 California 

daughter  Elsie Tracey, b. July 1889,  F 11 California 

son  Eddie Tracey, b. Nov 1891, M 9 California 

son  Milton Tracey, b. Jul 1892,  M 8 California 

daughter  Amy Tracey, b. Oct 1893,  F 7 California 

son  Harold Tracey, b. Dec 1898,  M 2 California 

cousin  Florence Edmondson, b. Oct 1883,  F 17 California 


December 18, 1903 The San Francisco call.

...Flinn & Treacy...


Melitta (near), Sonoma County, California – Flinn & Treacy Basalt Block Quarry (Trachyte/Paving Blocks) (From The Structural and Industrial Materials of California, Bulletin No. 38, California, State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, California, 1906.)

Flinn & Treacy Basalt Block Quarry; Flinn & Treacy, 302 Montgomery street, San Francisco, owners. At Olsen Siding, near Melitta, on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The quarry has been operated constantly for three years, producing about 40,000 blocks per month.”

...while Flinn & Treacy, of San Francisco, have the Borg or Oleson quarries, shipping from Oleson siding. The quarries are at an elevation of about 800 feet. There are 3850 acres in the property, of which about 1000 acres have stone suitable for quarrying. The rock is principally a dark gray andesite; but grading in part to a black, fine-grained basalt. There is also some vesicular material.

“Borg first opened up the Oleson quarry about 1893. Flinn & Treacy bought 15 acres of this which they worked out and they are now operating on a royalty basis on the west end of the ranch. They made an average of over 250,000 blocks per year, for 12 years up to the beginning of 1913; but when visited (October, 1913) there were only three men employed.


1910 Census - San Francisco Assembly District 34, San Francisco, California

self  Timothy E Treacy  M 49y Ireland, immigration year: 1873 

wife Delia F Treacy  F 49y California 

dau  Elsie M Treacy  F 19y California 

son  Edmund J Treacy  M 18y California 

son  Milton J Treacy  M 16y California 

dau  Amy C Treacy  F 15y California 

son  Harold T Treacy  M 11y California 

dau  Irma O Treacy  F 8y California 

     Mary A Hurley  F 32y Ireland



1930 Census - San Francisco (Districts 1-250), San Francisco, California

head  Timothy E Tracy  M 69 Ireland, widowed, father's birthplace: Scotland mother's birthplace: Scotland 

daughter  Elsie Calder  F 36 California 

daughter  Erma Ubanks  F 26 California 

son-in-law  Joseph Ubanks  M 36 Kentucky


1933: ...Mrs. Milton Treacy, daughter- in-law of Senator Tim Treacy,...


1935: Timothy E. Treacy, 39 Buena Vista Terrace


1940 Census - Assembly District 26, San Francisco, San Francisco City, San Francisco, California, United States

Timothy E Treacy, head, 79 years, Widowed, b. Eire, residence in 1935: Same House 

Irma D Treacy, daughter, 35 years, b. California, secretary State employment

Political Biography:



Timothy E. Treacy


It's something to be able to get oneself born on Washington's birthday. You know, a day off every birthday, parades, patriotic fetes 'n' everything! But February 22 is no holiday back in Ireland, either now or in 1862 when Timothy E. Treacy was born in County Limerick. Which may be the big reason why Treacy trekked just as soon as he could to the United States, where his natal day is also a national holiday.


Anyhow, you've heard the crack: "He took his parents by the hand and led them to the new land." In Treacy's case, it is the truth. In 1876 when he was fourteen, he brought his mother to San Francisco, where they joined his brothers, Ed and John.


Ed was construction foreman for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, the then Donohue road, and had his eye on a ranch .it Marshall, on Tomales Bay. The Indians had killed the owner, MacKnight, but that didn't bother Ed; he knew he could pick up the place at a bargain from MacKnight's survivors, and he thought it would be a nice quiet place to park mother and youngest brother. San Francisco was too wild for the  greenhorns.


So there Tim went with his 45 year old mother to start tilling the soil of the new world. But when he found that the price of eggs "wouldn't pay for the wear and tear on the hens." Tim decided there wasn't much profit in chicken and cauliflower raising.


Back in San Francisco, because brother John was a member of the Emmets beat the Cornishmen at marks- mental flag boy of that Irish military outfit, and went with the Emmetts to Carson City in 1879 to compete with the Cornish Washington Guards. Those were the days of the Ophir, Con., Virginia, Best and Belcher, the heydey of the Comstock Lode. Not only did the Emmetts beat the Cornishmen at marksmanship, skirmishing and other military drills, but one of their number, Bugler Sexton, a veteran of the Civil War, went down into a flooded mine at the end of a rope and brought up two men, one after the other, dead. Sexton and the Emmetts were the heroes of Carson City, the motif for treats at every bar — and bars were everywhere — so poor Sexton wasn't able to draw a sober breath for the remainder of that historic stay.


In 1886, when he was 24 years of age, Treacy became a deputy sheriff of San Francisco county. In 1892 he was deputy superintendent of streets under Assessor Jim Nealon and in 1893 he went into street construction as a business with Jim Flinn, who had graduated from St. Ignatius and was working in Nealon's office.


In 1897 Tim Treacy was elected to the State Assembly and there fathered two bills which became California's first minimum wage and maximum hour law. At the time $1.50 was the average day wage and you could work as long as the boss willed. Treacy's bills set a minimum of $2.00 a day for eight hours of labor.


But even after they were passed by Assembly and Senate, Governor Jim Budd hesitated to sign the act and it took all Treacy's personal prestige and physical vigor to browbeat Budd into wielding his pen.


Another of Treacy's bills would have set a price of 5 cents for a loaf of bread weighing one pound. Like business under NRA, so the bakers then objected to price fixing. They agreed to clean up their bakeshops, put in concrete floors, rid their basements of rats - and the concomitant peril of bubonic plague - if the price fixing feature were forgotten. So upon this sanitary compromise, the law was passed.


In 1899 Treacy aided in the drafting of a charter for the city. His wage and hour law was included as a funds mental with the pay set at $3.00 minimum instead of $2.00. He was also instrumental at that time in getting for the city a full-pay fire department in lieu of the part-time organisation upon which the city had previously depended.


By 1901 he found himself' president of three different organizations: The Cleveland Cadets of 600 members; the Young Men's Institute, No. 89, and the Excelsior Club, one of the major social groups of the then South of Market district.


The rules of the Excelsior Club were short and not sweet. To gain admission, a neophyte had to box two rounds with any opponent the club selected. And if the president of the couldn't find a fit or willing opponent among the membership, then said president himself must box the newcomer!


Treacy was elected to the State Senate in 1930 to till the short term from 1931 to 1933. And there with Senators Tom Maloney and Tallant Tubbs, he strongly backed Senator Roy Fellom's enabling act which put the state for the first time upon the road to building the Oakland-San Francisco Bay bridge.


Today at 75, Treacy is hale and virile. He has six children and six grand-children. And he likes to recall that one of his Senate bills gave back to the city the Channel street tideflats a mere gift of $300 000 from the state!


Past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, he has kept in tune with the old land and the new. Member of the Democratic County Committee, he is in step with the New Deal. Born on Washington's birthday, he has served, and intends to continue to serve his country well and patriotically,


Ref: South of Market Journal (Vol. XII, No.3 March 1937)



Treacy in Ire-- SF 1880's-present

I am looking for any family history on my great-grandfather, Timothy Edward Treacy, b.Feb. 1861 in Limerick, Ire; d. 26 April 1946 in SF, CA.

He came to SF in the late 1880's/1890. He married Delia Finn/ Flinn (b.Jan. 1867) and they had their first child, Elsie (Mrs. Casey), in July 1889. Other children were Edmund (b.5 Nov 1981; d. June 1966), Milton (b. July 1892; d. 16 Aug. 1969), Amy (Mrs. Tuerck) (b. Oct 1893; d. date unknown), and Harold (b.Dec 1898, d. 5 Aug 1985), And Irma (b. June 1901; d. June 1982).

Timothy had a brother who worked for the railroad in the northern SF Bay Area, and later his mother came out to SF.

Virginia Treacy November 14, 1998





Last update: 13 February 2013