BAY, J.G.Mc., a prominent and well-known business man, treasurer of the Bay Shoe Company, was born in Harford county, Md., October 27, 1831 and is a son of Thomas and Cenith Ann (McClure) Bay, who were natives of Maryland, both now deceased.
His education was acquired in the pay schools of his native county, and after leaving school he became an apprentice to the blacksmith trade. In 1852 he came to Harrisburg, where he learned the trade of iron moulding, and followed that business until 1863. In that year he and his brother, William F., engaged in the foundry and machine business under the firm name of William F, Bay & Bro., and this business was continued for five years.
In 1868, in connection with his brother, William F., H. M. Kelley and James Monaghan, he engaged in the manufacture of shoes under the firm name of the Monaghan Bay Shoe Company, the firm name being subsequently changed to the Bay Shoe Company.
Mr. Bay represented the Ninth ward in council two terms and is a Democrat in political views.
The parents of our subject had born to them a family of nine children, five of whom survive: William F., Sarah Jane, J.G. Mc., Mary M. and Thomas A.
The shoe trade is one of the most important industries in Harrisburg, and is well represented by the company of which Mr. Bay is the treasurer. Their factory is fitted up in modern style, well lighted and altogether attractive and conspicuous. The firm are quick to take advantage of all new styles and place them on the market as early as any manufactures in the State. The members of the firm are all enterprising business men, well and favorably known and very popular in the community.