In no line of business or trade is the average purchaser more dependent upon the dealer, than in the purchase of a jewel or watch. Not one among a score of persons is competent to judge the value of either from its external appearance, hence the jeweler should be a man of unquestioned integrity such as George McBride, one of Clyde's enterprising jewelers has proven himself to be.
Mr. McBride came to Clyde in September, 1898, where by honest dealing he has built up a prosperous business in his line. He is established in the front of the drug store of Doctor C.H. Angevine, where he carries an attractive and well selected stock of goods.
Mr. McBride is a native of Sangamon county, Illinois, where he was born in 1855, and reared on a farm. His parents were Jefferson and Ann (Messer) McBride. The McBrides are of Scottish origin who settled in Kentucky in an early day, and when Jefferson McBride was a lad of ten years he moved with his parents to Illinois. The Hessers were among the early settlers of Virginia. Mr. McBride began a career for himself at the age of eighteen years. He came to Kansas in 1875, after having followed various vocations and located in Cloud county. In 1877, he bought a timber claim which he lived on and farmed several years, sold and became interested in a mercantile establishment at Simpson. One year later established a jewelry business in Jamestown where he held forth until coming to Clyde.
He married in 1878, to Lillian Briggs formerly of Allamakee county, Iowa, near Spirit Lake, where she was born in 1862. When a child her parents removed to Michigan and settled in Wayne county, near Yipsilanti, and in 1871, emigrated to Kansas. Her father was Justus Briggs, a farmer and lived in the vicinity of Glasco near Courson's Grove.
Mr. and Mrs. McBride are the parents of two children; Mabel, wife of John Hayes, a native of McDonough county, Illinois, who settled in Clyde in 1877, but returned to Illinois to locate in Kansas again in 1889. They settled in Edwards county where he with his father engaged in merchandising and stock business. In 1889, they purchased the Commercial livery barn which they sold a year and a half later and engaged in the grocery business. Mrs. Hayes is a talented musician. Was organist of the Christain church at Jamestown when a mere child but fourteen years of age. Is at present organist of the Christain church in Clyde. She was deputy postmistress at Jamestown for more than two years, and was book-keeper at the "Regulator," Clyde's most extensive store at the time of her marriage. She is a graduate of the Jamestown schools. The son, Clyde, is a young man of nineteen years.
Politically Mr. McBride is a Republican. He is a prominent Mason of fifteen years standing. Mr. Hayes is also a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen of America. Has been through all the chairs of the Knights of Pythias lodge. The family are members and regular attendants of the Christain Church.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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