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residing on the Johnston property, two and one-half miles north of San Jose, on the Alviso road, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1836. He is the son of John Cowan, a representative of one of the old Pennsylvania families of Irish extraction. He was early trained in the duties of a farmer’s life, and has received the benefit of that early training, as he has made agriculture the principal business of his life.
On the thirty-first of December, 1863, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. Scott, who is the daughter of Philip Scott, and was born May 19, 1839, in Chester County. In 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Cowan removed to Newport, Delaware, where Mr. Cowan spent three years in the butcher’s business, supplying the Wilmington market. At the urgent request of John Johnston (whose sketch appears in this connection) he joined him in Santa Clara County, and became associated with him in the management of the property, upon which they have ever since resided.
Mr. and Mrs. Cowan are among the many worthy, industrious people of
Santa Clara County, and their many excellent qualities have won for
them the respect of all who know them. Mrs. Cowan is a consistent
member of the Presbyterian Church at San Jose. Mr. Cowan is
interested in the Order of the Knights of Pythias, being a member of
Triumph Lodge, No. 47, K. of P., and of the Uniform Rank, K. of P., No.
8. He is also connected with Mount Hamilton Lodge, A.O.U.W., of
San Jose. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic
Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. p. 544
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