Biography of William J. Sewall
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WILLIAM J. SEWALL.
The Carthage Daily Press, one of the most enterprising and interesting journals of southwestern Missouri, is owned and published by William J. Sewall, whose connection with newspaper work has been of value to the community, for through the columns of the paper he advocates all measures and movements which have for their object the welfare and progress of the locality. He is public spirited in an eminent degree and has made the Press an active factor in molding public opinion.

A native of Illinois, Mr. Sewall was born in Virden, Macoupin county, June 2, 1866, his parents being William W. and Susan E. (Cox) Sewall. His father was for many years engaged in the milling business in Illinois and later was a horticulturist of Jasper county, Missouri. He took great interest in introducing choice varieties of fruit, and in this way did much to improve the grade and kinds of fruit produced in this state. He was widely and favorably known as a reliable business man and a gentleman of sterling worth in other relations of life. His death occurred in Carthage in 1897, and his widow is now living in Wichita, Kansas.

William J. Sewall continued in school until his twelfth year, when he entered upon connection with the journalistic field of labor as an employe in the office of the Virden Reporter, remaining there for two years. He afterward became a student in the high school of his native town and later matriculated in Blackburn University, at Carlinville, Illinois, being graduated from that institution in the class of 1886. Thus well equipped for literary work he at once came to Carthage and secured a position as a compositor in the office of the Press, where he remained for eighteen months, and for two years he was in the job department of the Carthage Democrat. On the expiration of that period he purchased a third interest and became local editor of the Press, continuing to act in that capacity until August, 1896, when he purchased the other two thirds interest of the Press of A. W. and L. B. St. John and has since been sole proprietor. He publishes a daily (evening) and a weekly edition and has a wells conducted sheet, neat in mechanical workmanship, interesting and authentic in its reading matter. It is also a good advertising medium, for it has a large circulation in the city and adjoining districts. The weekly is a twelve page paper, the daily an eight page journal, and in apolitical adherence the paper is Republican.

In 1893 Mr. Sewall was united in marriage to Miss Mary Taggart, of Upper Alton, Illinois, a daughter of the Rev. Samuel B. Taggart. Socially, he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and with the Modern Woodmen of America. He has a wide acquaintance throughout his adopted county, with whose interests he is so closely identified, ands wherever he is known he has made friends who recognize his worth and entertain for him regard as a public spirited citizen and reliable business man.

From:
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Chiago 1901


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