Biography of Earl C. Casey
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Earl C. Casey, who is a successful promoter of oil development and who is serving in the office of justice of the peace, maintains his office in the Morris Building, Joliet. He is a scion of the third generation of the family in Illinois, where his paternal grandfather, Zadok Casey, established a residence in an early day. Mr. Casey was" born on the homestead farm near Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Ill., in 1884, and is a son of Thomas Jefferson and Jennie (Marteeny) Casey, the former born near Mount Vernon, Ill., and the latter at Danville, Ill.

Thomas Jefferson Casey was long engaged in business as a successful breeder and grower of high grade horses and mules.

Earl C. Casey attended the public schools until he was 16 years of age, when he began an apprenticeship in the milling and smelting of ores at Florence, Colo. Five years later he associated himself with the oil refining business at Boulder, Colon., thereby allied with his father in law in establishing one of the first refineries in Colorado, and later becoming a pioneer in connection with oil production in the Spring Valley District of Wyoming. He became one of the principals in establishing a refinery there and after serving as superintendent of the same for three years, he disposed of his interests in the property, which at that time was sold to the Utah Oil and Refining Company of Salt Lake City. Under the new ownership Mr. Casey was retained as superintendent of the Spring Valley refinery during the ensuing three years, and he then returned to Illinois and became assistant superintendent of the Lockport Works of the Texas Oil Company. He was soon advanced to the position of superintendent of the plant and after continuing his residence at Lockport four years he returned to Wyoming and associated himself with the Interior Oil & Development Company in the Salt Creek fields and with headquarters at Casper. There he remained two and one half years, at the expiration of which he established his residence at Joliet, where he has been engaged successfully in the jobbing business and has also been associated with development work in the oil fields, he being now the president of the Northern Oil Development Company of Joliet, which has large interests in the vicinity of Minooka, Grundy County, Ill., where wells are being driven and other development work carried forward at the same time. Within a period of his association with the oil industry Mr. Casey has made a close study of geology, especially in connection with oil development.

The Republican party receives the loyal allegiance of Mr. Casey and while he has not been a seeker of public office he has held that of justice of the peace since May 4, 1925. He is affiliated with the four bodies of the York Rite of Masonic fraternity, in which his main alliance is with the Commandery of Knights Templar in his home city, and he is likewise a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and a member of Joliet Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Speed Boy Club and the N. E. A. Club, and he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist church.

In 1904 Mrs. Casey was united in marriage with Miss Mabel L. Clark, who was born at Neodesha, Kan., and whose death occurred in 1913, she being survived by one child, Clark Thomas, who was born April 19, 1911. In 1921 Mr. Casey married Miss Elizabeth Kirkham, who was born and reared in Joliet, and who is a daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Cooper) Kirkham, the former a native of England and the latter of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Casey have a daughter, Virginia Agnes, who was born Nov. 8, 1924.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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