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Title: McGuire-Bostow Families

Dates: ca. 1909-1965

Collection Number: 2015-P-042

Quantity: 37 images

Abstract: Images of the McGuire and Bostow families, ferry boats at Washburn, and the Bostow farm in McLean County, N.D.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota borrowed the photographs from Candy Wood to make copy negatives and prints in 1988.

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researcher should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94‑553, Title 17 U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

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From the Pierce County Tribune, October 14, 1991

Funeral Services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at First Lutheran Church, Rugby, for long time Rugby businessman M. J. “Mike” McGuire, 79, Rugby, who died Wednesday October 9 at a Rochester, Minnesota hospital. Burial will follow in the Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.

Michael John McGuire was born April 22, 1912 at Washburn, a son of Charles W. and Josephine LaVigne McGuire. McGuire’s parents moved to Washburn in 1909, and his father took over a ferry boat operation on the Missouri River. Charles took over the business from his father, Captain James McGuire, who had operated the Washburn Ferry Company. In 1917, Captain Charles built a ship for the Red Trail Ferry Company which operated between Bismarck and Mandan before vehicular bridges were built. He also built a new ferry boat, the Vivian, which was operated at Washburn until retirement in 1931.

That was the year young Mike earned his river boat captain‘s license and he spent time on the Missouri. He was one of six licensed pilots in his family: his mother and father, two of his brothers, his grandfather and Mike. That summer in 1931, Mike hauled mostly Model T Fords from one side of the Missouri to the other. That was an omen of things to come.

During the Depression, Mike worked in Bismarck as a parts manager for Universal Motor Company. He later traveled the state with a parts route. He married Gladys Bostow March 16, 1940 in Bismarck. They later moved to New Rockford where Mike and his brother, M. T. McGuire, had a Ford dealership. In 1949 Mike and Gladys came to Rugby and on December 1, 1949 he purchased the Ford dealership here from the Gronvold family. He later became president of M. J. McGuire, Inc., Rugby, a dealership for Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln.

The business had a downtown location from 1949 to June of 1954 when it expanded to its present location. McGuire, Inc. has included the Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge lines since October 1981.

Mr. McGuire received the Time magazine Quality Dealer award in February 1973. He had served as  past president of the North Dakota Automobile Dealers Association and president of the Ford Dealers Advertising Committee for the Fargo district. In 1978 the McGuire Dealership received the Time magazine Quality Dealership award.

Mr. McGuire was reared and educated in Washburn and attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rugby, the Royal Order of the Jesters, the Masonic Lodge, the local Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rugby Lions Club, and he was a charter member of the Eagles and Country Club, Rugby.

He was fond of his Irish ancestry and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day each year with a public feed of green doughnuts and Irish stew.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, Rugby; children Mrs. Gary (Maureen) Browning, Minnetonka, Minnesota, Charles McGuire, Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Harry (Candy) Wood, Pembina; nine grandchildren, Jim and Lori Browning; Kathy, Michael and Scott McGuire; Harry, Jennifer, Danielle and Lindsay Jo Wood and sister and brother Vivian Bergo, Bismarck, and Millard McGuire, Fargo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

2015-P-042-01   Mike McGuire’s steamboat operator’s license, Dubuque, Ia. 1932
2015-P-042-02 – 07          Letter written in Norwegian
2015-P-042-08 Harry Peterson and Charles McGuire skinning oakum at the Washburn yard 1903
2015-P-042-09 Charles McGuire and Ferry boat Ruth Clarno, Washburn, N.D. summer 1909
2015-P-042-10 Ferry boat captain at the wheel
2015-P-042-11 Ferry boat Vivian: Captain Charlie, Vivian Bergo, Millard, Mike, Grace (baby), Eva Ekstrom
2015-P-042-12 Mike McGuire in sailor suit on Ferry boat Vivian at Washburn, N.D.
2015-P-042-13 Group of men on the boat landing
2015-P-042-14 Charles McGuire on the Ferry boat Vivian
2015-P-042-15 Ferry boat Ruth Clarno and crew and Wilcox Bros. Telephone crew summer 1909
2015-P-042-16 Portrait of Charles Henry McGuire taken in Thief River Falls, Minn. 1896 at age 22 (his wife: Josephine Theresa LaVigne, children: Vivian, Mary, James Charles, Angie, Millard Thomas, Michael John, and Grace Agnes)
2015-P-042-17 Portrait of Jane Sweeney McGuire
2015-P-042-18 Grandpa, James McGuire, Sr. (pa’s father) and wife Trace
2015-P-042-19 Theresa LaRivierre LaVigne (her mother Madelaine LaPointe of Prairie du Chien, Wisc; father Julian LaRivierre)
2015-P-042-20 Theodore Moses LaVigne (his mother Ursula LeSieur; father Charles LaVigne)
2015-P-042-21 McLean County basketball team champions 1930
2015-P-042-22 Gladys, Mike, and baby Maureen on Bostow farm 1942
2015-P-042-23 Postcard of Gladys and Mike in Portugal June 9, 1965
2015-P-042-24 Gladys Bostow before marriage leaning on Mike’s car
2015-P-042-25 Rounding up the turkeys for selling, bunkhouse in the background 1942
2015-P-042-26 Lawrence and Gladys Bostow 1929
2015-P-042-27 William Bostow farm
2015-P-042-28 Gladys being baptized by Rev. Schroeder in Nelson Carlson Lake 5 miles from farm home
2015-P-042-29 Gladys Bostow before marriage
2015-P-042-30 My grandmother Matilda Kavreny? Bostow (1851-1932) (my Dad’s mom) with her daughter Lydia Bostow Lumas (1893-1974) (my mother) on their Butte, N.D. homestead
2015-P-042-31 William Bostow (upper right) and 2 sisters, brother Mark Bostow and wife. (Lower) Grandpa George Bostow and wife Mathilda Kavreny Bostow and Aunt Lydia, center
2015-P-042-32 Pa, William Bostow in his early days
2015-P-042-33 William and Vera Bostow after their wedding
2015-P-042-34 William and Vera Bostow and two unknown women
2015-P-042-35 William Bostow and brother Mark Bostow
2015-P-042-36 William Bostow farm
2015-P-042-37 Elmer, son of William and Vera Bostow, with car Aunt Lydia gave father

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