When Fostoria Glass Company built the Niles Plant
in 1910, many Fostoria workers moved here. Some lived and took
their meals at the Niles Fostoria House, which was located where
the McGurk Hotel was located at 62 Railroad Street (Depot
Street, now Mahoning Avenue).
The McGurk Hotel, which later became the Fostoria
House, can be seen to the left of the Erie Depot on Railroad Street
in this postcard. The old Erie Railroad station was replaced by
the new station shown above in 1915.
Hotel becomes the Fostoria House
McGurk family information supplied by Brian McGuirk.
The book, A Pictorial History of the Buildings
of Niles, Ohio available through the Niles Historical Society,
identified the location of the Fostoria House as the old Stiver
Chevrolet dealership on North Main Street (see
page 28 in the book). Thanks to Brian McGuirk,
the correct location has been established on Mahoning Avenue next
to the old Erie Railroad Depot.
When the Fostoria Glass Company built their Niles
plant in 1910, many skilled glass workers moved to Niles. Some
lived and took their meals at the Niles Fostoria House. “My
paternal grandfather, James McGurk, built and managed
the McGurk Hotel located at 62 Railroad Street (Depot Street,
now Mahoning Avenue).
The McGurk Hotel and Saloon was built and managed
by my paternal great grandmother, Mary O’Neill McGurk,
in 1894 and later by my grandfather, James McGurk. Mary
was the widow of Frank McGurk, Irish immigrants, who had died
in 1885 from injuries resulting from mining gold and silver in
Colorado. In 1908 Niles voted to go dry so they rented out the
building until the 1930’s. My father, Francis, was born
at the hotel in 1900”.
Brian McGuirk stated, “I have a double
connection to the Fostoria House picture as my maternal grandfather,
Peter Stein, was a glass blower from Fostoria who moved
his family to Niles in 1910 and would have known all those pictured
on the porch of the McGurk Hotel/Fostoria House”.
Niles Daily News August 10, 1910.
"In August 1910, this building was rented
by Mrs. R. Simpson of Fostoria, Ohio and opened as a
first-class restaurant and boarding house. In a few weeks this
will be the headquarters for the glass blowers and the hotel will
be known as the Fostoria House. The new proprietor will furnish
the entire house in preparation for the occupancy of the glass
workers and have everything in readiness for their arrival. The
hotel features 20 rooms with steam heat and a restaurant.
Mrs. Simpson has had considerable experience
in the restaurant and hotel business and thinks that the McGurk
Hotel is an ideal place for business".