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Daly Industrial School
Daly Industrial School
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 The Daly Industrial School was located on Pope's Hill. Some time between 1898 and 1904 the school took over the property formerly owned by the Spaulding family. In the map, Gustine Street is now called Daly Street. Train Street is on the right.

Postcard. Caption on front: Daly Industrial School and Grounds, Dorchester, Mass. Photo by J.V. Hartman. Postally unused. On verso: Pub. by J.V. Hartman & Co., Boston, Mass. Series 64.

From: History of the Catholic Church in the New England States by William Byrne, et. al. Boston, 1899:

The Daly Industrial School, King and Train Streets, Pope?s Hill, Dorchester

Up to the present time there has been no industrial school in this archdiocese for poor but respectable girls. Good work in this line has been done at the St. Vincent?s Orphan Asylum, and at the private home conducted by Miss Magaret A. Gately in Dorchester, but the need of an establishment specially devoted to the work, and thoroughly equipped in its various departments, has been realized for several years. In the fierce competition of modern society many young women are obliged to support not only themselves, but others, and the acquisition of skill in a trade is the safest path to success in this effort.

For several years the archbishop has been considering plans for a trade school similar to those which have been carried on in New Orleans and elsewhere under the management of religious orders. Not long ago Rev. T.J. Murphy, of Neponset, was given general direction of the undertaking, and a site was secured for the proposed institution on the confines of his parish. This was the Spaulding estate, on Pope?s Hill, comprising a fine three-story mansion. The assessed value of the property was $44,000.

By his recent donation of $50,000 to the school, Rev. Patrick J. Daly has rendered possible the speedy realization of the wishes of the promoters of this new and desirable charity. There have been few, if any, single gifts to the Catholic institutions of the archdiocese more substantial in value than his, and Father Daly?s name will, therefore, like that of Andrew Carney with the Carney Hospital, be permanently identified with the school in Dorchester.

A band of Sisters of St. Joseph, who have been preparing themselves for this special task, will take charge of the institution. The plan, as outlined, will last five years, thus graduating the pupils at the dawn of womanhood. Useful trades, such as millinery, dressmaking, typewriting and domestic service will be thoroughly taught. Daughters of poor parents will be received from all parts of the archdiocese, and the instruction and other benefits imparted will be absolutely free. It is expected that a board of incorporators will be formed, consisting of Archbishop Williams, Bishop Brady and ten other clergymen. With the generous endowment bestowed upon it by Father Daly, and several other large donations which have been received from friends of the proposition, the success of this Industrial School would seem to be assured.

Rev. Patrick J. Daly, its chief benefactor, was born in Ireland about fifty years ago. Ordained at an early age, he served as curate at St. Francis de Sales? church, Roxbury, for eight years. In November, 1882, he was made pastor in Winchester. After six years of service there he returned to his original parish, succeeding Rev. John Delahunty in the pastorship. He is still pastor of St. Francis de Sales? church, presiding over a congregation which is one of the largest in the archdiocese.

From: Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society, v. XIII, 1914, p. 347-8

The Right Reverend Monsignor William P. McQuaid took a prominent part in the management of the Daly Industrial School.


Readers' Comments
 From: Marie E. Ziniti

I grew up on Train Street, just a block from the Daly Industrial. As kids we didn't know anything about it, other than it had a GREAT old climbing tree on the property.

I never met any of the children who went to school there never even saw them. It was something of a "mystery" school.

I met two of the sisters from Daly Industrial, when traveling on the bus with my mother. They invited me to visit the school, which I did. I only stayed for a short time and got a quick glimpse inside the classrooms as I made my way to the principal's office.

I was quite little but was amazed that so many children were in the classrooms so late in the day and that I had never met one of them. It was my first and only visit inside the walls.

When they torn down the school and built the houses, it was the turning of an era. We would walk among its ruins trying to figure out who had lived there. We found marble lying on the ground as if it were a headstone to the loss of the building and grounds. Within a year or so of its destruction, you would never know that that beautiful estate and school had once been there. I think of it as a great loss and wish I had photographs to remind me of its elegance.


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