Biography of Charles F. McGuire
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McGuire, Charles F., was born in Hornellsville, June 22, 1853. Michael MeGuire his father, was a native of Fermanaugh county, Ireland, and came to this country in 1847, and was in various places in New York and Pennsylvania until the spring of 1850. His location here was an accident. He had been in Saratoga and in the spring of 1850 he heard they were going to build a railroad in this section, and arriving here in April of that year, he worked for Judge Thatcher for the first month and then followed it up by helping him repair his residence, The winter of 1850 and '51 he was employed as a carpenter at bridge building on the Erie Railroad, and the next spring took up general jobbing in carpenter work, and then became a contractor; one residence on Elm street. John Carry's residence on Jane street were his labor, and he also built Hilton's house on the corner of Oak and Elm streets, and did much work on the Prindle tannery. He is an enthusiastic Republican and was for three years assessor of the town and three years an auditor. He was one of the founders of the Catholic church and has always been one of its warmest supporters. He is a man who came to the town with very small possessions and who by industry and perseverance has become one of the representative men of the town. He is now in his sixty ninth year. In 1851 he married Catherine Pardon of Andover, who died in 1878, leaving seven children, five now living. The block now occupied by the subject of this sketch as a hardware store and plumber shop is the McGuire block erected in 1874. Charles served an apprenticeship at the tinner trade, and in in 1870 went with Vanetten & Smith to learn the tinners trade. When he had served his time he went in business for himself, and by close attention he became a professional mechanic and a practical plumber, and has established a reputation for first class work. He located in his present quarters in 1875 and employs from two to five men as the times demand. He is a Republican in politics and a thorough protectionist, and held the office of city treasurer in 1878. He also served three terms as the representative of the Third ward in the Common Council. He is one of the Board of Examiners of plumbers, and supervisor of plumbing for the city, appointed by the mayor in 1893 as "master plumber." In 1878 he married Catherine Biggins, a native of Ireland, of this city, by whom he had six children, four living now.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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