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The fourth generation McGrath, was born in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma.  He was number two of nine children.  In 1930, he and his older brother Fowler road the train to Kansas City to live with his Grandfather, Transcontinental Railroad Builder Joseph McGrath for a few years.  After graduating from Webbers Falls High School with a graduating class of seven (7), Bud went to work on a Steel Gang for the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MoPac) for one semester making $1.27 per day.  Bud recalled that they didn’t keep any record of hours back then.  He then earned a baseball scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.  In 1941, Bud was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and received a letter to report to spring training.  His wages would be $300. per month.  Later that year with WWII raging, he joined the Navy and was selected for the Navy V5 Pilot Program. 

Bud was one of the founders of the National Railroad construction & Maintenance Association and took on the duties as the Chairman of the Safety Committee for the new association.  He wrote the First NRC Safety Manual and served as President of the Association in 1986.

Fourth Generation

Joseph Milton “Bud” McGrath Jr.

Fourth Generation

Joseph Milton “Bud” McGrath Jr.

The fourth generation McGrath, was born in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma.  He was number two of nine children.  In 1930, he and his older brother Fowler road the train to Kansas City to live with his Grandfather, Transcontinental Railroad Builder Joseph McGrath for a few years.  After graduating from Webbers Falls High School with a graduating class of seven (7), Bud went to work on a Steel Gang for the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MoPac) for one semester making $1.27 per day.  Bud recalled that they didn’t keep any record of hours back then.  He then earned a baseball scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.  In 1941, Bud was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and received a letter to report to spring training.  His wages would be $300. per month.  Later that year with WWII raging, he joined the Navy and was selected for the Navy V5 Pilot Program. 

Bud was one of the founders of the National Railroad construction & Maintenance Association and took on the duties as the Chairman of the Safety Committee for the new association.  He wrote the First NRC Safety Manual and served as President of the Association in 1986.

5th Generation

Jon M. McGrath

A fifth generation railroader, started working for his father at the age of 14 on a track crew. Eventually moving up to equipment operator, track foreman, superintendent, vice president and president.  Since joining the family firm in 1973, McGrath has provided management, engineering or consultation on numerous projects across the United States.   The McGrath firm designs, constructs, inspects and maintains railroads for shortline, military and industrial railroad customers. McGrath has been involved in the construction of a number of Inner City Mass Transit Systems across the United States. A native Tulsan, McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School, Crowder College, The University of Oklahoma and Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.

McGrath has served on a number of public and private boards including Tulsa Human Rights Commission, Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG. He is the former Chairman of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) based in Washington, DC and maintained a spot on the NRC Board for 26 consecutive years.  He is a graduate of both Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma. Jon has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Native American Business Development Center working with Native American Tribes in Oklahoma and New Mexico.  He also spent 10 years as an elected member of the Board for the Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa. McGrath currently serves on the Tulsa Industrial Authority and the Board of Directors at the MidwayUSA Foundation.  Jon M McGrath currently is the Vice Chairman of the Tulsa Port Authority Board of Directors, the most inland navigable river port in the United States.  Jon M. McGrath is a voting member of the Cherokee Tribe and Nation.

5th Generation

Jon M. McGrath

A fifth generation railroader, started working for his father at the age of 14 on a track crew. Eventually moving up to equipment operator, track foreman, superintendent, vice president and president.  Since joining the family firm in 1973, McGrath has provided management, engineering or consultation on numerous projects across the United States.   The McGrath firm designs, constructs, inspects and maintains railroads for shortline, military and industrial railroad customers. McGrath has been involved in the construction of a number of Inner City Mass Transit Systems across the United States. A native Tulsan, McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School, Crowder College, The University of Oklahoma and Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.

McGrath has served on a number of public and private boards including Tulsa Human Rights Commission, Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG. He is the former Chairman of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) based in Washington, DC and maintained a spot on the NRC Board for 26 consecutive years.  He is a graduate of both Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma. Jon has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Native American Business Development Center working with Native American Tribes in Oklahoma and New Mexico.  He also spent 10 years as an elected member of the Board for the Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa. McGrath currently serves on the Tulsa Industrial Authority and the Board of Directors at the MidwayUSA Foundation.  Jon M McGrath currently is the Vice Chairman of the Tulsa Port Authority Board of Directors, the most inland navigable river port in the United States.  Jon M. McGrath is a voting member of the Cherokee Tribe and Nation.

A sixth – generation railroader started working for the family firm during his free time during high school.  While Jon Michael was attending his first boy scout summer camp with troop 1 from Tulsa he found that he had an aptitude for clay target shooting and soon moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Jon Michael pursued his interest and enjoyed a very successful career in American Skeet and Olympic Skeet.  McGrath holds 28 world titles in both American Skeet and Olympic Skeet including three (3) World Records and (2) World Cup Gold Medals.

McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School and The University of Oklahoma.

Jon Michael spent two (2) years working on the Oklahoma Street Car Project as a field engineer for Herzog – Stacy Witbeck Joint Venture before rejoining the family firm.  He is currently a Project Manager for McGRATH in Oklahoma City.  Jon Michael McGrath is a voting member of the Cherokee Tribe and Nation.

6th Generation

Jon Michael McGrath, II

6th Generation

Jon Michael McGrath, II

A sixth – generation railroader started working for the family firm during his free time during high school.  While Jon Michael was attending his first boy scout summer camp with troop 1 from Tulsa he found that he had an aptitude for clay target shooting and soon moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Jon Michael pursued his interest and enjoyed a very successful career in American Skeet and Olympic Skeet.  McGrath holds 28 world titles in both American Skeet and Olympic Skeet including three (3) World Records and (2) World Cup Gold Medals.

McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School and The University of Oklahoma.

Jon Michael spent two (2) years working on the Oklahoma Street Car Project as a field engineer for Herzog – Stacy Witbeck Joint Venture before rejoining the family firm.  He is currently a Project Manager for McGRATH in Oklahoma City.  Jon Michael McGrath is a voting member of the Cherokee Tribe and Nation.