Joseph Henry McGowan (1926 - 1998)

Joseph Henry McGowan
1926 - 1998
updated May 23, 2020
Joseph Henry McGowan was born on September 18, 1926 in Pomeroy, Pennsylvania. He died on October 8, 1998 at age 72. We know that Joseph Henry McGowan had been residing in Chula Vista, San Diego County, California 91910.

He was born on September 18,1926
He had a rough childhood with a father who didn’t treat his family well. His father left the family when he was young and he had to find a job to help support his mother and brother and sister. His first job was selling strawberries on the street. He met the love of his life, Constance Carlin Buchanan, when he was just 12 years old and she was 8. He joined the navy When he was old enough and sent her a ring in the mail. She returned the ring to his mother because she said she wasn’t ready to be married at that time. That didn’t make anyone very happy. He didn’t give up and they were married a short time later. They had three children, Constance Jean, Joseph Henry jr. And Douglas William. He was away on deployment a lot of the time leaving Connie to raise the children. She was smart, resourceful and knew how to stretch a navy dollar. They were deployed and lived in Sasebo Japan, for a time, in a traditional Japanese home until they could get into navy housing. They met life long friends The Snyder’s there. Eventually, they bought a home and settled in Bonita, California. Where they resided for 40 years. They always had animals, a large garden and grandchildren in the home. They enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time at their cabin in Alturas, Ca. They were great neighbors and even better friends. Respected and beloved.

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Joseph McGowan was born on in Pomeroy, Chester County, Pennsylvania United States


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Mother - English Annie Berry -
Father - Irish Joseph McGowan a PA. representative
Grand Parents - Henry Berry and Martha Alice Taylor - Berry
Wiltshire, England
moved to Philadelphia, USA 1912 Then Pomeroy, Pa built a cape cod home and founded the United Methodist church in Pomeroy, PA.
McGowans - Ireland

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United Methodist Church in Pomeroy, PA.

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Chula Vista, San Diego County, California 91910


Pomeroy, PA. One room School house
Scott Coatesville, Pa.



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Mason’s Masonic organization

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He was in the navy over 30 years and then served as a civil servant at NAVSTA.

Enlisted in U.S. Navy on 4 Oct 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Service number 2460761. Served aboard SS John McDonough, SS George E. Pickett, SS Irwin E. Cobb between 1944 and 1945 (per World War II pension record). Promoted to Lieutenant on 1 Mar 1965. Retired from U.S. Navy in either June or July of 1973.

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Elizabeth Barrett
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Visiting from California. Uncle Joe driving his camper -RV To Pomeroy, PA. I played inside for hours while uncle Joe visited his mother Annie. Joe once brought my cousins Along one year it snowed and they were amazed seeing snow flakes fall from the sky. They lived in sunny southern Ca. We had fun just playing in snow... I cried when they left!
Later my boyfriend michael Hernandez and I visited uncle Joe in Ca. We were 25. My boyfriend asked my uncle joe if he would mind or allow him to marry me the following year. We loved him! My uncle Joe was super fun and son Doug and aunt Connie, Connie Jean, the entire family. Joey Jr. I spoke on the phone. Joey jr. left his Parrot live at Uncle Joes house. It could mimic anyone. It had my laugh and voice down in minutes, door knocking, beer bottles opening, cursing, phone ringing! Amazing parrot. Lol
Uncle Joe took all of us out to dinner it was fabulous! Doug took us to Mexico for the day. I enjoyed being with them the few days time we were in Ca. I will Love them always... Cousin Beth - from Pomeroy
Elizabeth Barrett - Hernandez Joes little sister’ Martha’s McGowans - youngest daughter Beth. ❤️
May 23 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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What a romantic story - childhood sweethearts and Joseph's persistence paid off with Constance. Thank you for sharing.
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Joseph Henry McGowan died on October 8, 1998 at age 72. He was born on September 18, 1926 in Pomeroy, Pennsylvania. There is no information about Joseph's immediate family. We know that Joseph Henry McGowan had been residing in Chula Vista, San Diego County, California 91910.
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1926 - 1998 World Events

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In 1926, in the year that Joseph Henry McGowan was born, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1938, Joseph was just 12 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1970, Joseph was 44 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1989, at the age of 63 years old, Joseph was alive when on January 20th, George Herbert Walker Bush became the 41st President of the United States. Previously Ronald Regan's Vice President, he ran against Michael Dukakis and won the popular vote by 53.4% to 45.6%.

In 1998, in the year of Joseph Henry McGowan's passing, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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