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.
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
Postcard of the Erie Railroad station with the
Fostoria House in the background.
The station was built in 1913 due in a large
part to the efforts of Harry Stevens.
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 McGuirk,
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”.
Handwritten comments by the McGuirk family in
the book to page in the book
A Pictorial History of the Buildings of Niles
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. Niles Daily
News August 10, 1910.