VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
Kral from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara
County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.
THOMAS MAURICE DOWLlNG
SURNAMES: KELLY, KEVAN
Among the early-timers of San Jose, a resident
of this city for more than a score of years, is Thomas Maurice Dowling,
who was born in Iowa, at Muscatine, on March 4, 1868, and was the son
of William Edward and Bridget (Kelly) Dowling. His father died some
twenty-two years ago, but the mother passed away only recently.
Thomas Dowling was educated in the public schools of Iowa and was
reared on a farm, later oc-cupying the position of manager of a grocery
store in Nebraska. He continued there until the year of 1897, when he
came to California, and here he has been engaged in various
occupations. Then he be-came employed as a conductor and motorman on
the Santa Clara Street line of the San Jose Railroad for sixteen years;
then worked for the Peninsular Railroad for a period of two years; he
then returned to Nebraska, but after a short time the lure of the
Golden State brought him back to San Jose. He farmed for a year at
Manteca, and then received a position with Hale's Department Store,
taking charge of their stock room, and here he has been employed for
more than four years.
Mr. Dowling's marriage united him with Miss Lula M. Kevan, and
the parents of William Edward, who was with the marines for two years;
Frances Thomas; Elizabeth Wayne is a teacher at Mt. Pleasant, Ca1.; and
John Kevan. Mr. Dowling is well known in the circles of the Pastime
Club and his popularity is attested by his election to the presidency
of this social organization. Mr. Dowling is also affiliated with the
Modern Woodmen of America, having been a member for the past
twenty-four years. In religious faith, he is a member of the Catholic
Church, and in national politics he is a Democrat, but in local affairs
he puts party ties aside and votes for the best men and measures.