|Birth: ||May 7, 1858|
|Death: ||Jul. 14, 1928|
Son of Michael McGuire and Catherine McAlee. Husband of Elizabeth Goodrich.
McKean County Democrat
July 19, 1928
Smethport residents were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of James McGuire, 70, Main Street billiard room proprietor and former hotel man, which occurred shortly after 2:00 Saturday morning.
Mr. McGuire was suddenly stricken with a heart attack at his business establishment about 9:00 Friday night. He was conveyed to his home on Fulton Street on a stretcher and was attended by Dr. W. A. Ostrander and Dr. Robert Hamilton. The popular citizen was beyond earthly aid and was unconscious until death intervened.
James McGuire was born in Pottsville, Pa., May 7, 1858, the son of Michael and Catherine McAlee McGuire, who died during the early childhood of the subject of this sketch. The deceased's life from early childhood was spent in Smethport where he was raised as a member of the family of his uncle, the late Callahan McCarthy.
He was united in marriage Nov. 2, 1884 to Elizabeth Goodrich, whose death occurred two years ago this month.
The fruits of this union were two children, Robert, who died in childhood, and Edith, wife of John Ruffalo, prominent Youngstown, Ohio lawyer.
Besides his daughter, the deceased is survived by the following grandchildren: Elizabeth, Mary Louise, John, Robert, William and Phillip Ruffalo of Youngstown. An uncle, Joseph McAlee of Johnsonburg, also survives.
In 1895, Mr. McGuire purchased the Grand Central Hotel, one of McKean County's best known hostelries, which he successfully conducted for many years, gaining a wide acquaintanceship and establishing many firm and lasting friendships with the traveling public.
A few years after Mr. McGuire purchased the hotel, the large four-story structure was devastated by one of the biggest fires in Smethport's history, but with characteristic pluck and energy, Mr. McGuire rehabilitated the establishment and in a few days time had the hotel ready for business in the part of the Central Block it now occupies.
In 1913, Mr. McGuire retired from the hotel business, but a few years ago, in response to the urge to again embark in business, purchased the Main Street billiard room which he continued to operate until his death.
James McGuire was the possessor of a most engaging personality, coupled with kindly and generous impulses, which endeared him to the legion of persons who knew him as a dear friend.
During the past three years his health had failed steadily but he pluckily carried on and in his daily contact with his fellow townsmen, not one word of complaint indicated the physical sufferings he endured.
The funeral was held at St. Elizabeth's Catholic church Monday morning at 9:00, Rev.Fr. P. J. Donohue officiating. The choir was assisted by Jas. Bracaccini, gifted Bradford vocalist, who sang two beautiful solos during the musical portion of the solemn High Mass.
Interment was made in the family plot in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Elizabeth Goodrich McGuire (1861 - 1926)
Edith McGuire Ruffalo (1885 - 1979)*
Robert Earl McGuire (1888 - 1890)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
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