THOMAS J. HORAN.
Thomas J. Horan, a veteran of the World war and a well known young lawyer of Vallejo, junior member of the law
firm of Lindauer & Horan, was born at Vallejo and his interests ever have centered there. He was born on May
29, 1893, and is a son of Michael and Mary (Lawlor) Horan, both now deceased. The late Michael Horan, founder of
the coal and grain business at Vallejo which still bears his name, was a native of Ireland, born in County Kerry
in the province of Munster in 1845, and was twenty four years of age when in 1869 he came to California, coming
around by way of the Isthmus. He was a trained gardener and had had valuable experience in landscaping in his home
land. Not long after his arrival in California he secured an engagement as head gardener at White Sulphur Springs
and under his direction that resort was greatly beautified by the artistic landscaping of the grounds. He later
became employed as superintendent of the Pine Farm ranch and was thus engaged until in 1890, when he became established
in business at Vallejo, head of the Horan Coal and Grain Company, a line he followed until his death and which
since then has been maintained, now being operated as the Horan Fuel and Feed Company, with his eldest son, William
F. Horan, at the head of the concern. Of the children born to Michael Horan and wife there are six still living,
the subject of this sketch having three sisters, the Misses Nan Lawlor and Catherine Horan and Mrs. R. K. Just,
and two brothers, William F. and Daniel L. Horan. Michael Horan and his wife were devout members of the Roman Catholic
church and their children were reared in that faith.
Reared at Vallejo, Thomas J. Horan received his initial schooling in St. Vincent's parochial school and then entered
St. Mary's College at Oakland, from which he was graduated (A. B.) in 1913 His studies there had been carried on
with particular reference to the further study of law and upon receiving his diploma from St. Mary's he entered
the Hastings College of Law, a department of the University of California, and in 1917 was graduated from that
institution. That was the year in which this country took a hand in the great World war that had been going on
in Europe since the summer of 1914 and not long after receiving his diploma from the law school Mr. Horan enlisted
his services in behalf of the cause thus represented by this country's arms and was assigned to yeoman duty in
the navy. In that capacity he rendered service first at the San Pedro station on the west coast, then at the Great
Lakes station out of Chicago; then on the east coast, and in 1919 received his honorable discharge in New York
city. Upon the completion of his naval service Mr. Horan became engaged in the practice of law at San Francisco
and rendered public service there as assistant to the United States district attorney. In 1920 he returned to Vallejo
and formed his present partnership in practice with Arthur Lindauer, under the firm name of Lindauer & Horan.
a mutually agreeable arrangement that since has been maintained, this firm having well equipped offices on Marin
In 1921 Thomas J. Horan was united in marriage to Miss Lena Larke, who was born at Davis, over the line in the
neighboring county of Yolo. Mr. and Mrs. Horan are members of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Horan is a past
grand knight of Vallejo Council No. 874, Knights of Columbus. He also is an active member of Vallejo Post No. 104,
American Legion, and is a member of the executive committee of this latter patriotic organization.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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