A native and lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Mr. Halliday has been connected with the Providence post office for almost a quarter of a century. From his first position as a substitute clerk he has been advanced at different times to positions of ever-increasing importance and responsibility until he became superintendent of mails. His long experience in the various branches of the local post office made him especially well qualified to fill his present position. He is generally regarded as one of the most efficient, as well as popular, executives of the local post office. For many years he has been prominently active in Masonic affairs, and religious work, too, has received a share of his time and attention.
Alfred M. Halliday was born at Pawtucket, March 24, 1883, a son of the late Frederick F. and Sarah Jane (Cheek) Halliday. His father, a native of New York City, was engaged in the carpenter’s and builder’s business until his death. Mr. Halliday’s mother was a native of London, England. Educated in the public schools of Pawtucket, Mr. Halliday, after leaving school, was employed for three years as a carpenter and pattern maker and then for one year was with the Providence Telephone Company. At the end of this period, in 1906, he was appointed a substitute clerk in the Providence post office. Later he was made assistant superintendent of mails and in this office gradually passed through all four grades, until, on January 1, 1926, he was made superintendent of mails of the Providence post office. In this capacity he has continued to serve with marked ability and great faithfulness. He is a member of the Postal Supervisors Association of Providence and also of several fraternal organizations, the latter being connected with the Masonic Order and including the following: Jencks Lodge, No. 24, Free and Accepted Masons; Pawtucket Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Pawtucket Council, Royal and Select Masters; Holy Sepulchre Commandery, Knights Templar; and Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. His religious affiliation is with St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church of Pawtucket.
Mr. Halliday married, in 1909, Edna Johnson Jones, a native of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Halliday have two sons:
- Milton J. Halliday.
- Bertram E. Halliday.
Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.