KTIV interviewed Jim on the occasion of his induction to the Iowa Auctioneer's Hall of Fame. Read the article by clicking here.
In early 1953, Hugh McGuire took sick so son, James J. McGuire was called home from Germany where he had been stationed with the Army after his graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1951 with a BA in science. Since Jim had been working with his father in the family business literally all his life, except for the Notre Dame/Army years, and given the fact that he already had his real estate brokers license, he was put to work immediately. Jim did take some time after his return to attend the Reppert School of Auctioneering in Decatur, IN. in 1953, and has been at work full-time ever since. At the time of Jim's return, his brother - in - law, Patrick Forristal was running an implement dealership in neighboring Galva, Iowa. Upon Hugh McGuire's passing away on Dec. 7, 1961, Pat joined the firm. Armed with a real estate license and fresh out of the Reppert School of Auctioneering, Pat began his career in the company where he would stay until 1999 doing a bit of everything, but primarily concentrating on the advertising, contracts, and the nitty-gritty of the ever-growing paperwork involved in real estate sales. McGuire Auction continued to grow under Jim's leadership. Almost immediately upon taking over the family business, Jim got his real estate licenses in neighboring states including; South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska in addition to Iowa. "McGuire Auction" soon became a recognizable name for all types of auctions, but most noticeably - farm land sales. Throughout his years at the helm of the company, Jim has served on many local, state, & national auctioneer and Realtor associations. And as the company logo states, he has "Sold the Earth and Everything on It." Jim has sold livestock, antiques, antique cars, commercial & industrial products, and of course his hallmark - real estate including: farm, commercial, & residential. More importantly, Jim has also given back to the many communities he serves doing countless numbers of benefit auctions and serving on many civic organizations and taught his family to do the same. How does an auctioneer who spends so much time at his trade still manage home and family you may ask? The answer is quite simply put; he takes them along!! Jim's wife, Margaret had a real estate broker's license and was Vice-President and Secretary of the now incorporated McGuire Auction until her passing on Dec. 23, 1995. She often filled in clerking and setting up auctions as well. Nephew, PJ McGuire also worked for the firm for 7-8 years in the 70's. And of course, each of Jim's seven children did their share of hauling furniture, working a ring, or working a rack on Saturday afternoons. Jim remains an active head of the business today, still famous for his humor and speed at the microphone as well as his prowess as an uncertified appraiser and broker.