William Grant McGlaughlin

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WILLIAM GRANT McGLAUGHLIN (deceased) was for many years engaged in the hotel business at Parker's Landing, Armstrong county, as proprietor of the "Globe Hotel", which his father before him also conducted for several years. Mr. McGlaughlin was born July 9, 1864, in Reynoldsville, Jefferson county, Pa., son of John and Margaret (Roof) McGlaughlin, both of whom were Pennsylvanians by birth. They were residents of Parker's Landing for many years.

John McGlaughlin was at one time the owner of the ferry between Parker and Pollock, operating same for many years. In 1878 he erected the "Globe Hotel" in Parker City, the finest hotel at that place, and after conducting it for several years himself rented it and moved to Oil City, Pa., where he conducted the "United States Hotel" until his retirement from business. He then moved to Duquesne, Allegheny county, Pa., where he died in 1902. His family consisted of eight children: William Grant; Olive, who married Samuel Richard; George; Blanche, who married Jared Crawford; Bess, who married William Russell; Maude, who married Louis Haberman; John, and Madge.

William Grant McGlaughlin was reared at Parker's Landing, where he received a public school education. He began work as an employee in the glass works of Thomas A. Wightman, at Parker, and in 1890 entered the hotel business, becoming proprietor of the "Globe Hotel", with which he was connected until his death, July 21, 1906. Mr. McGlaughlin was highly successful, giving that personal attention to the details of his business and the wants of his customers which is the secret of gaining and holding patrons. His house was popular, and he was its popular host. He was always interested in the public welfare of his borough, and served several terms as member of the council, giving excellent satisfaction to his fellow citizens. He was a thirty-second decree Mason and a Shriner, an Odd Fellow and a member of the B. P. O. Elks. In politics he was identified with the Republican party.

In addition to his hotel business Mr. McGlaughlin was quite extensively interested in the oil field as operator and producer, being one of the most active factors in that industry in this locality. He was well known as a lover of horses, his special hobby being racers, of which he owned at different times several valuable specimens which he took on the circuit during the racing season. His death was caused by an accident which he met with while driving. He was driving down Bear Creek hill with his family when the harness broke and he was thrown from the buggy, breaking his leg. Five days later it was found that amputation would be necessary, and he died as a result of the shock of the operation.

On March 30, 1886, Mr. McGlaughlin married Gertrude Wilson, daughter of Enoch and Elizabeth (Butler) Wilson, of Brookville, Pa. They became the parents of two children: Margaret Ruth and William Donald.

Source: Pages 816-817, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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