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In August, McGuire was a contestant in a small local weekend meet at Cicero. At this time Rudolph W. "Shorty" Schroeder was his mechanic. Late that month he had a four-day exhibition engagement in Iowa. On August 22nd Lincoln Beachey was flying at Hawthorne Race Track, and McGuire flew Charles Dickenson, Chicago's "grand old man of aviation," over from Cicero in a Wright to watch Beachey perform from the air. After the show they returned to Cicero. On August 29th he left Cicero on an extended exhibition tour and was at the Leavenworth County Fair, Leavenworth, Kansas, the second week of September. September 18th to 20th he was at South Bend, Indiana, and October 3rd to 7th, at Owensboro, Kentucky, using his Curtiss plane. He continued exhibition work throughout that fall season in the Midwest.

In the spring of 1915 he was engaged by J.S. Berger to go to Mexico to fly for Villa, along with Howard Rinehart, Farnum Fish and others, using Wright planes. There, early in May, 1915, while flying near Leon in rough air, he sideslipped and crashed, and was badly injured. He was rushed to a hospital at Aguascalientes, where he died four days later. He was buried there with military honors by Villa's men. 
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