Pueblo County, Colorado
MARTIN E. ROWLEY
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Martin E. Rowley is the manager of the Metropole Hotel of Denver and well
qualified by native ability and acquired business sagacity for the duties which
devolve upon him in this connection. He was born in Underhill, Vermont. January
27, 1876, and is a son of the late Lawrence Rowley, who was likewise a native of
the Green Mountain state and was of Irish lineage. The family, however, has been
represented on this side of the water through several generations, early
settlement having been made in Vermont. Lawrence Rowley became a railroad
engineer and carpenter. He followed those pursuits in the east for some time and
in 1881 removed westward to Colorado, taking up his abode in Pueblo. At a later
period he left that city to become a resident of Denver in 1886 and here he
continued to the time of his death. He married Emma Flannery, who was also born
in the Green Mountain state and was a daughter of Martin Flannery, one of the
early settlers there, making his home at Underhill until his death, which
occurred in 1913, when he had reached the advanced age of eighty-two years He
was of Irish lineage. His daughter, Mrs. Rowley, was reared and educated in
Underhill, Vermont, and there became the wife of Lawrence Rowley, accompanying
her husband and their family to Denver, where she still makes her home. She has
become the mother of four children, two sons and two daughters, of whom three
are yet living.
Martin E. Rowley, the eldest of the household, was educated in the public
schools of Pueblo and of Denver to the age of fourteen years, when his textbooks
were put aside and he started out to provide for his own livelihood. He was
first employed as a messenger in the St. James Hotel in 1890 and continued there
for two years, thus taking the initial step which has brought him to his present
position. His next employment was at the Windsor Hotel in Denver, where he acted
as elevator boy until 1894. He then became connected with the Brown Palace
Hotel, beginning in the elevator service, and later he was called to the office
and continued to act in a clerical capacity there until 1901, when he resigned
his position to become night clerk of the Metropole Hotel. Subsequently he was
advanced to the position of day clerk and so continued until 1903, when he
became associated with the Shirley Hotel as clerk and assistant manager.
Afterward he was made manager of that hostelry and continued with the Shirley
until 1910, when he returned to the Metropole and assumed the duties of general
manager. This position he has since continuously filled and his capability is
recognized by all who know aught of this attractive hotel.
On the 20th of April, 1904, in Denver, Mr. Rowley was united in marriage to
Miss Anna M. O'Brien, a native of Denver and a daughter of the late John E. and
Kate (Rock) O'Brien. She is a representative of an old and prominent family of
Denver, known here since 1870 and coming originally from Illinois. Mrs. O'Brien
was born in Illinois and is still living in Denver. Mr. O'Brien, however, was a
native of Ireland. To Mr. and Mrs. Rowley have been born two children: John
Edward, whose birth occurred in Denver, December 24. 1906; and Mabel Anna, born
in Denver, March 19, 1909.
In his political views Mr. Rowley has always, been a democrat where national
questions and issues are involved, but casts an independent ballot at local
elections. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and to the Catholic church. He
is a member of the Denver Civic and Commercial Association and of the Optimists
Club. His genuine worth is recognized by all who know him and his genial manner,
unfailing courtesy and other marked traits of character have made him popular
among all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact.
Men who are familiar with his business career attest his excellent executive
ability as well as his spirit of marked enterprise and progressiveness—a spirit
that has brought him up from a humble position in the business world to his
present place of responsibility.
History Of Colorado
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
to the Pueblo County Index Page.
Please e-mail comments and suggestions toKaren Mitchell.
|© Karen Mitchell |