Hugh McGuire was born on Nov. 29, 1898. He was the oldest son of Pat McGuire, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. When his father became ill in 1920 Hugh took over McGuire Auction Co. Like his father, Hugh was an energetic man whose love of life and professionalism spilled over into his everyday attitude in work. Just four days before his father left for the Chicago hospital in 1921, Hugh held his first sale alone for Carl Adams. From then on, he was on his own. Hugh used an innovative motto, "We sell the earth and everything on it." It didn't take long, and soon it was his name with national recognition as an "auction authority." Over the years Hugh sold real estate, farm machinery, furniture, grocery stores, restaurant equipment, and even sold trees for a Correctionville nursery. He was licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Hugh belonged to belonged to the United Counties Board of Realtors, he was a president of the Iowa State Association of Auctioneers, a charter member of the Dessle - Schmidt Post of the American Legion, as well as the Ida County Farm Bureau. He married Florence Hass on Dec. 31, 1923.