Biography of Dr. Thomas C. Quirk
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Dr. Thomas C. Quirk, a successful young dentist of Johnstown, who is engaged in the practice of his profession at 209 Market Street, is a native of this city. He was born here Sept. 3, 1897, and is a son of Stephen and Bridget (McBride) Quirk.

Stephen Quirk was born in Mount Savage, Maryland, Dec. 26, 1854. He was a son of John and Rose (Cosgrove) Quirk, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to America and located at Mount Savage, Md. In 1872 he removed with his family to Johnstown, where he found employment with the Cambria Steel Company, with whom he remained until his death Jan. 20, 1884.

Stephen Quirk received a common school education and in 1873 went with Capt. William Jones, erecting machines in the Edgar Thompson Works at Braddock, where he was promoted to foreman. He continued in this line of work a few years and later was engaged in the furniture business on Washington Street. He was married March 2, 1878, to Gertrude McBride, who was born in Cambria City, the daughter of Roger and Margaret (Doherty) McBride. Their children were: Rosemary, Owen Patrick, Mary, Margaret, John F., Helen, Roger F., Rose, Leo, Francis, Thomas C., the subject of this sketch, and Miriam. Mr. Quirk is deceased and his widow lives in Johnstown.

Thomas C. Quirk received his education in the common and high schools of Johnstown, from which he was graduated in 1919. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1923, and immediately engaged in the practice of his profession in Johnstown.

On Sept. 26, 1921, Doctor Quirk was married to Miss Ruth Pyle, a daughter of George G. and Agnes (Foster) Pyle, of Johnstown. They have two children: Thomas C. Jr., and Richard Foster.

Doctor Quirk is a Republican, a member of St. John's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Central Pennsylvania Dental Association, American Dental Association and the Seventy seventh International Dental Congress, the Johnstown Dental Study Club, and the Delta Sigma Delta. The family home is at 734 Somerset Street.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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