Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An experienced, successful realtor who has more than once demonstrated his ability to master several fields of activity, is Timothy J. Horgan, an extensive fruit shipper, doing business at 15 Wall street, Watsonville. He was born at Plympton, Massachusetts, September 28, 1856, a son of John and Hannah (Hanaford) Horgan, both natives of Ireland, and he used to hear his father relate how, on March 8, 1868, he left Boston for California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, taking passage on the Atlantic on the Henry Chauncey, and on the Pacific on the Constitution, which ran to San Francisco. The father engaged in grain farming in the Pajaro valley, and thus provided for a family of five children, three of whom are still living, namely: Timothy J.; Mary, who is now Mrs. Regan; and Jeremiah. The deceased children were John and Julia.

Timothy J. Horgan attended the public schools in Watsonville, and then St. Mary's College on Twenty-sixth Street, San Francisco and later he was with his father on their home ranch in the Pajaro Valley for a while. Coming to Watsonville, he was in the grain and feed business for ten years, and for nine years he was outside man for the Charles Ford Company.

Since then, Mr. Horgan has been in the real estate and insurance business, and he has also been active as a fruit shipper, handling annually from one hundred and fifty to three hundred carloads of apples, and about one hundred carloads of vegetables. He owns a half interest in two ranches in the valley, and hence is in a position to control- a part of the local market. He sold the land upon which stands the Appleton Hotel and Theatre, and he was one of the promoters of the double enterprise, and himself raised half of the amount of money needed to finance the project. He is a director of the Appleton Investment Company of Watsonville, and a live-wire director in the local Chamber of Commerce. All in all, in this an exceedingly interesting man, and is one of the men of varied affairs who have done so much to build the modern Watsonville, a city in which Mr. Horgan was a trustee for sixteen years.

On September 20, 1881, Mr. Horgan was married to Miss Mary E. Sheehy, of San Francisco, who came from a pioneer family, and was reared nearby in the Pajaro valley. Mr. Horgan belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and is a member of Lodge No. 1300, B. P. O. E.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.