Patrick James McGrath

Patrick James McGrath

Birth
Ireland
Death 1921 (aged 68–69)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 40928190 · View Source
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Following an illness of several weeks, Mr. Patrick James McGrath, proprietor of the Windsor Hotel and one of the early settlers of Ritzville, passed away last Sunday at his home here. The sickness was described as ptomaine poison with complications. Owing to his age, he failed to respond to medical treatment and grew weaker so that his demise was not unexpected. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Haight's undertaking parlor and was conducted by Rev. R.D. Snyder. Burial was made in the Ritzville cemetery.

P. J. McGrath was born Nov. 8, 1852 in Timmerick County, Ireland. He came to America when he was 19 years of age. On April 6, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Holmquist. He is survived by the widow and five children who are: Mrs. L. E. Ratcliff, Harrington; Mrs. A. W. Sickmann, Mrs. O. S. Buehler, Ritzville; R. E. McGrath of San Francisco; and J. G. McGrath, Sacramento. There are also six granchildren.

In the spring of 1881 Mr. McGrath came to Ritzville, then a new town along the route of the Northern Pacific railway between Spokane and Pasco. Later he worked as a section forman, giving up this work 20 years ago. He built the Star Hotel here, which he later sold, intending to move away. He found no other location that please him like the hometown so he came back and built the Windsor Hotel. Mr. McGrath was an unobtrusive man, steady in his work, in his later years spending most of his time at his hotel. He saw and had been part of the development of this city in the past four decades.

The Journal-Times January 13, 1921 Courtsey of Sue Gardner & gapwrok90


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  • Created by: Scott Bolliger
  • Added: 21 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 40928190
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick James McGrath (8 Nov 1852–1921), Find a Grave Memorial no. 40928190, citing Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Scott Bolliger (contributor 49600767) .