Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

GUY H. McGUIRE. Whenever an attempt is made to write the history of a successful enterprise or the worthy career of any man, it has been found that ability, backed by energy and push, has been the basis of it all, and this fact can not fail to impress itself upon the writer of history proper, or that branch of history which consists of the biographies of those who have achieved sufficient distinction to make the record of their lives of interest to the public. Guy H. McGuire, a well-known North Side groceryman, is one of Springfield's business men who owes his success in life to his own fighting qualities the fighting ability that overcomes obstacles.

Mr. McGuire was born at Brighton, Polk county, Missouri, October 9, 1878. He is a son of Henry and Margaret (Cunningham) McGuire, both natives of Tennessee, the birth of the father occurring on January 1, 1849, and the mother's birth occurred on August 22, 1857. They grew to maturity on the farms of their parents in their native state and in Polk county, this state. They attended the old-fashioned schools, and were children when their parents brought them to Missouri, each locating in Polk county. The father devoted his active life to general farming near the village of Brighton, but he and his wife are now living in Springfield. They have always been known as plain, honest, church going people, highly respected by all who know them. They are the parents of five children, named as follows: Mrs. Nora Page lives in Springfield; Guy H. of this sketch; Mrs. Grace Randalls is also a resident of this city; Jessie is the wife of R. W. Coleman and lives in Springfield; Esther married W. T. Fout and lives in this city. These children all received common school educations and they are all well situated in life.

Guy H. McGuire spent his early childhood on the farm in Polk county, and when nine years of age removed with his parents to Springfield, the family locating on Commercial street, and here he received his education in the public schools. He began his career in the grocery business when but a boy, first driving a wagon; he then engaged in farming a few years in both Polk and Greene county, as well as other sections of the Southwest. He went into the grocery business for himself in 1906 on Commercial street, this city, later moving to his present location, 318 West Commercial street, where he has built up a large business and maintains one of the most modernly appointed and attractive grocery stores of its size in Springfield. He carries a complete line of staple and fancy groceries At all seasons, and he always aims at honesty and promptness in dealing with his many customers.

Mr. McGuire was married on February 17, 1904, in Springfield, to Margaret Wells, a native of Webster county, Missouri, and a daughter of P. P. and Mary (Humphrey) Wells, the father a native of North Carolina and the mother was born near Lead Hill, Arkansas, and her death occurred in Springfield on February 8, 1913. Mr. Wells is living retired in this city. In his earlier life he dealt extensively in the cattle business, later was a merchant.

To Mr. and Mrs. McGuire one child has been born, Jack P., whose birth occurred on September 5, 1906, in Kansas City.

Politically, Mr. McGuire is a Democrat, and fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen.


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