Biography of William J. Casey
Marion County, IA Biographies





WILLIAM J. CASEY.
For thirty eight years William J. Casey has been connected with the Knoxville Express, which was known as the Marion County Democrat in 1876 when he learned the printer's trade in that office. He has been one of the owners of the paper for many years and has had great influence in determining its policy. It has always maintained a high standard and has a large subscription list, while it is extensively used: by the merchants of the city as an advertising medium.

Mr. Casey was born in Cambridge, Ohio, on the 28th of August, 1861, a son of James K. and Hannah J. (Carlisle) Casey, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively. They were married in the latter state and remained there until March, 1867, when they came to this county. The father was a lawyer of ability and took a lively interest in public affairs. For several years he served as mayor of the city and his political allegiance was given to the republican party. He held membership in the Universalist. church and fraternally belonged to the Masonic order. He passed away on the 9th of July, 1886, and is survived by his widow, who has reached the ripe old age of eighty three years.

William J. Casey is the only child of his parents and was reared at home, receiving a good education. After completing the course in the public schools he entered McKee's Academy and in 1876 left school and began learning the printer's trade in the office of the Marion County Democrat, which for many years has been known as the Knoxville Express. He soon mastered the trade and after serving his apprenticeship continued with the paper in other capacities and eventually became half owner of the same. Altogether he has been in the newspaper business for thirty eight years and his long experience is a potent factor in securing the continued success of the Knoxville Express. He has exact and detailed knowledge of the typographical work involved and also understands the larger problems of management, and his opinion on any matter connected with the business carries great weight. He is well known among the newspaper men of the state and has the respect of his colleagues in the profession.

Mr. Casey was married on the 5th of June, 1887, to Miss Lena D. Parks, of this county, a daughter of J. H. Parks. To them have been born three sons: James C. and William D., both associated with their father in business; and John H., who is a high school student.

Mr. Casey is a democrat in politics and is quite prominent in local party circles, having been a delegate to the Baltimore convention which nominated Woodrow Wilson. He was at that time as now a stanch supporter of Mr. Wilson. For nearly four decades Mr. Casey has resided in Marion county and in that time has witnessed its wonderful development and has done his share in securing the advancement of his community, especially through his connection with the Knoxville Express, one of the leading weekly papers of this county.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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