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SURNAMES: LEAHY, PLUMMER,
A native son of California, William L. Gallagher has been identified with the business circles of San Jose and Santa Clara County for many years, where he is a partner in the concern known as Gallagher-Cole Furniture Company. Mr. Gallagher was born in Livermore, Alameda County, in the year of 1884, and was the son of Patrick and Elizabeth (Leahy) Gallagher, who were pioneers of Alameda County; the father has passed away, but the mother resides in Oakland.
Mr. Gallagher received his education in the public school and high school of Livermore, in the meantime, helping on the farm, where he remained until he had reached the age of twenty-one, at which time he went to San Francisco, where he was employed in the furniture business of W. and J. Sloane until the month of February, 1907, he came to San Jose and became associated with C. H. Robinson's furniture establishment, where he continued for the next six years. With Geo. H. Cole he incorporated the Gallagher-Cole Furniture Company, Inc., with Mr. Gallagher as the president of the company. This growing firm, which has a large and attractive place of business at 69 to 73 East Santa Clara Street, occupying two stories, with a mezzanine floor, handles a complete line of high-grade furniture and household equipment, and their well-selected stock has had no small part in contributing to the beauty and comfort of many of San Jose's attractive homes.
Mr. Gallagher's marriage united him with Miss Marguerite E. Plummer and they are the parents of a child, William E. Mr. Gallagher is very popular both in social and business circles, and he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Merchants' Association and was a charter member of the One Hundred Per Cent Club, in which he has always
been a very active member. He is also a charter member of the Commercial Club. In national politics he is a stanch adherent of Republican principles.
Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.page 1245
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