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JOSEPH DAFT
Nash Sales Company of Santa Clara County- 1920


Bio- Sawyers
Surnames:   Butcher, Grose

Among the thriving industries of Santa Clara county, the automobile has had  a leading part in helping in the development of many other lines of business in San Jose and vicinity and one of the early-timers who have aided in this new industry is Joseph Daft, who is vice- president of the Nash Sales Company, Inc., on South Market Street, San Jose.   Mr. Daft was born in Butte, Mont. on May 15, 1889, and is the son of Joseph and Emma Frances (Butcher) Daft.  He was educated in the public schools and the high school of Salt Lake City, and after graduating he engaged in automobile shop work for several years.

In 1911 Mr. Daft came to San Joe and was for a time driver for Congressman Hayes, then, becoming a partner of H. C. Hayes in the Hayes Motor Car Company located at 393 South First Street, continuing in this line until the year 1919, when he sold his interest, and four moths later the Singleton, Daft Company was organized, with Mr. Daft as vice- president, an were located at 270 West Santa Clara Street, handling the Marmon  and Nash lines and they met with splendid success from the start.  When Mr. Singleton sold his interest in December 1920 Mr. Daft formed a new company, taking over Singleton's stock, and organized the Nash Sales Company, Inc., handling the Nash and La Fayette lines.  Inasmuch  as the La Fayette, a very high-grade car, is a production of the Nash Motor Company, they replaced the  Marmon with the La Fayette.  Their territory consists of Santa Clara County.

Mr. Daft's marriage, which occurred in Salt Lake City, Utah, united him with Miss Hazel Clare Grose, of that city.  Mr. Daft is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and also belongs to the Merchants' Association and the Automobile Association.  He is a lover of such sports as hunting and fishing an is very active in athletic work being instruction a the Y. M. C. A. in wrestling, in which sport he takes great interest.  In national politics he is a Republican.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 1650
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