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Martin Gilroy (1862-1908)

M. F. Gilroy

M. F. GILROY, merchant tailor, Pittston. This gentleman, one of Pittston's most prosperous young business men, was born in Pittston, PA., July 20, 1860, and is a son of Martin and Mary (LOFTUS) Gilroy, natives of Ireland, who were married at Syracuse, N.Y. During his residence in the old country, the father of our subject, follow agricultural pursuits, but after coming to the United States he was engaged in the salt works of Syracuse, N.Y., where he remained many years.

About 1858 he came to Pittston, and was engaged in coal mining up to the time of his death. He had a family of nine children, viz.: Patrick, a carpenter residing in Pittston; John, a carpenter, of Pittston; M. F.; James, a plumber, of Cleveland, Ohio; Mary, residing in Pittston; and Kate and Annie, both deceased.

Our subject passed his boyhood in Pittston, and had the advantage of a limited public school education. At the age of twelve he began working in the Old Tompkins Coal Breaker, being employed there for one year, and then became a driver boy in the mines, which occupation he followed until the age of seventeen, when he began working as a laborer in the mines, continuing at that occupation until 1883.

He then entered the merchant tailoring establishment of U. GREEN, at Pittston, and there began to learn the trade of cutter. For one year he was with Mr. Green, and then entered the employ of Mr. STEVENS, of Wilkes-Barre, with whom he remained until 1885, when he returned to Pittston and opened a merchant tailoring establishment for his own account, in a room of the James H. Craig building on South Main Street. He continued in this room for about eighteen months, and then removed to his present quarters at No. 35, South Main street.

Although Mr. Gilroy has been in business here but a short time, he has built up a very large trade, and the superior work which he sends out is constantly increasing his business. He is located in comfortable quarters in the central portion of the city, and has shelves amply stocked with an elegant line of suitings of every variety. He employs the best workmen that money can secure, and uses every endeavor to please his customers. The fact that his trade is so large that it necessitates the employing of twenty workmen, shows that he is meeting with a large patronage is v very successful.

Mr. Gilroy was untied in marriage February 2, 1887, with Kate E. CUMMINGS, a daughter of Patrick Cummings, a retired gentleman of Pittston. This union has been blessed with three children, viz.: Joseph, Mary and Robert. Mr. Gilroy and family are members of St. John's Catholic Church. He is a member of the Father Mathew Temperance and Benevolent Society of Pittston; politically he is identified with the Democratic party. Mr. Gilroy has been eminently successful in his business venture in Pittston, and owes his success to his straight-forward and honest business methods, and he has secured an enviable position among the substantial citizens of his native city.

   History of Luzerne County, Pa. by H. C. Bradsby - published 1893

Death of M. F. Gilroy

M. F. Gilroy, the well known merchant tailor, died yesterday morning at 7 o’clock at the family home on Pine Street and his unexpected death is a severe blow to his family and friends. On Friday of last week Mr. Gilroy was stricken with appendicitis and after a consultation with his physician he decided to undergo an operation, which was performed on Sunday at noon. He rallied from the operation but his condition did not seem to improve as might be expected and it was the intention to perform another operation yesterday morning had he not passed away. When members of the family spoke to him at 6 o’clock yesterday morning he was feeling as well as could be expected, but shortly before 7 the nurse noticed a decided change and she at once summoned the members of the family, and he passed away in five minutes after being seized with the sinking spell.

In the death of Mr. Gilroy Pittston loses one of its best known men, as he was a life long resident of this city and for a number of years conducted a successful tailoring business in this city. He was 44 years old and was a son of the late Martin Gilroy of this city. He received his education in the public schools and took up the tailoring trade as a profession. Mr. Gilroy was not in the best of health lately although his family was not aware of this fact. He was a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus of this city and took an active part in its affairs; also of St. John’s congregation and was president of Branch 48 , C. M. B. A., of this city.

The surviving members of his family are his widow and the following sons and daughters: Joseph who was associated with his father in business, Mary, Robert, a clerk for Farrer & Peck; Frank and Kathleen. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Patrick, John, Mrs. Margaret Reddington, Michael, James and Mrs. Thomas Cummings, the last named of Chicago.

   Wilkes-Barre Record - October 15, 1908

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