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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 street.

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 Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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