Biography of John C. McGonagle
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN CHARLES McGONAGLE. One of the progressive and popular business men of Lakewood is John C. McGonagle, until recently proprietor of the Lakewood Buick Company.. He was born in the old family home on Taylor Street (now West Forty fifth Street), Cleveland, on October 10, 1877, the son of John and Ellen (Casey) McGonagle.

John McGonagle was born in Scotland, where he attended school and learned something of the mason's trade. When he was a lad of fourteen years he and his older brother, William, came to the United States, landing at New York, where the two boys separated and never afterwards saw or heard of each other. Gradually working his way westward, John finally reached Cleveland, finished his apprenticeship at the mason's trade, and in later days became one of the leading mason contractors of the West Side of Cleveland, and continued until his death. His widow, still living, was born in Utica, New York, in which city they were married. To their marriage the following children were born: Anna, who married Peter J. Deighen, of Cleveland; William J., deceased; Sarah, who married. Charles Long, of Cleveland; Nellie, deceased, and John C., the youngest of the children.

John C. attended the public and night schools, and at the age of eleven years he became a messenger boy for the Western Union Telegraph Company, and in the succeeding years he was at different times in the employ of Likely & Rocket, leather merchants and manufacturers; the H. A. Lozier Company, manufacturers of the Cleveland bicycle; the Koch & Henke Furniture Company, and in Halle Brothers' department store. In 1916 he became salesman for the Ohio Buick Company, with which concern he continued for three years, and in 1919 he established his own business at 1240 West One Hundred Seventeenth Street (Highland Avenue), Lakewood, where he had a large service station, and from where he distribtfted the Buick automobile under the name of the Lakewood Buick Company, of which he was sole owner. He sold this business on January 1, 1924, and is now selling suburban property.

Aside from business Mr. McGonagle is very active in the social and civic affairs of Lakewood. He is a member and president of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, president of the Lakewood Kiwanis Club; Lakewood Country Club, Cleveland Yacht Club, Cleveland Advertising Club, Cleveland Automobile Club, Cleveland Association of Credit Men. He is a past master of Bigelow Lodge No. 243, Free and Accepted Masons; Robert Wallace Chapter No. 179, Royal Arch Masons; Forest City Council, Royal and Select Masters; Forest City Commandery No. 40, Knights Templar; Lake Erie Consistory, Scottish Rite (thirty second degree); Al Koran Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Forest City Chapter, Order Eastern Star (past patron), and the Ohio Masonic Past Masters' Association. He is also a member of Hesperian Lodge No. 281, Knights of Pythias.

Mr. McGonagle married Miss Lillian May Peterjolm, who was born in Cleveland, the daughter of George and Kate (Baumgartner) Peterjohn. To their marriage children have been born as follows: Ralph William, who is associated with his father's business, and Grace Lillian.

As a citizen and business man Mr. McGonagle enjoys a large circle of friends who, appreciating his sterling traits of character, his willingness to assume his full measure of obligation to the community, and his friendship, have nothing but the highest of praise for him, and miss no opportunity of voicing their praise.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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