Thomas Monahan, born in San Jose on July 4th, 1866, was the second of five children. He began his formal education at the
Hester School in San Jose. After one year, he transferred to the University of Santa Clara. At the age of 16, he began to
explore potential careers. In the following years, he apprenticed as a blacksmith, and worked as a mail carrier, as well as
chief jailer. In 1909, he began a career as an embalmer and undertaker, while continuing to work as a mail carrier. This same
year, he married Josephine Moriarty, a native of Ohio. They had four children.