NameWilliam B. MOREY
Birth17 Nov 1871, Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio31, p. 125.
FatherAndrew Jackson MOREY (1837-1909)
MotherSophia McMURRAY (1844-1884)
Birth17 Feb 1873, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio266,1593
Death19 Oct 1921, Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio266,1593 Age: 48
Burial22 Oct 1921, Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio17, p. 51.,266
Marriage1 Sep 1910, Auglaize County, Ohio31, p. 125.,266
Notes for William B. MOREY

Biographical Sketch (1917):30, v. 2, p. 721-722. "William B. Morey has been a practical worker in the field of journalism since early youth. Probably no other profession offers greater opportunities for successful participation in outside affairs than newspaper work. In the intervals of his activity as a reporter, correspondent and editor, Mr. Morey has been called to other responsibilities, was for a number of years postmaster at Wapakoneta, and since leaving that office has been editor and proprietor of The Auglaize Republican.

The early life of William B. Morey was spent in Wapakoneta, where he attended the public schools, graduating from high school in 1888. Much of his leisure time as a youth was spent in printing offices, and he mastered the trade. At the age of nineteen he went to Chicago and was taken on the staff of reporters of the Chicago Inter Ocean, where he remained two years and gained that experience and trading such as only comes to a newspaper man in a large city. On returning to Auglaize County he resumed newspaper work, and with all his other avocations has been steadily in the profession since then.

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted and was assigned to duty as chief clerk in the adjutant-general’s office, remaining there until the close of hostilities. He has been one of the leaders of the republican party in Auglaize County for a number of years, and for six years filled the office of chairman of the republican executive committee. For two years he was a member of the State Central Committee until he resigned. He resigned upon his appointment as postmaster of Wapakoneta. He was appointed in July, 1908, but before his appointment was confirmed in the senate General Dick filed objections and held up the commission for some time. Mr. Morey was finally called to Washington and had a personal interview with President Roosevelt, who took the matter in hand in his characteristically energetic fashion and issued a commission allowing him to assume the office of postmaster during a recess in Congress. He continued in the office for two years, until an agreement was reached by which his appointment was confirmed. He remained as postmaster two terms, being succeeded in December, 1914, by Mr. A. E. Schaffer.

On leaving the office of postmaster Mr. Morey bought the Auglaize County Republican and is now giving all his time to that excellent weekly paper which has a circulation over Auglaize and surrounding counties of 1,650. A large job business is also done in the printing department.

On September 1, 1910, Mr. Morey married Mrs. Lillie Piper. She was born in Celina, Ohio, a daughter of Michael Feltheiser. Her father was a prominent and well-to-do citizen of Mercer County. Mr. and Mrs. Morey have one son, Robert Emil, born in August, 1911. Mrs. Morey is a member of the Presbyterian Church while he is identified with the English Lutheran denomination. Active in fraternal matters, he has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and also belongs to the Blue Lodge and the Royal Arch Chapter and the Mystic Shrine. For ten years he was secretary of his lodge. He is also a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks."

Biographical Sketch (1917):31, p. 125. "William B. Morey, Editor of the Auglaize County Republican, and a leader in the affairs of his party in that County, was born November 17, 1871, and is a son of Andrew J. and Sophia (McMurray) Morey. His father was born in Licking County, Ohio, February 12, 1837, and his mother in Campbell County, Kentucky. He was educated in the public schools of Wapakoneta, and for fifteen years was employed as a journeyman printer, and before locating in Wapakoneta, was a reporter on the Chicago Inter Ocean for two years. From 1900 to 1905, he served as Chairman of the Republican County Executive Committee, and from 1908 to 1913, as a member of the Republic State Central Committee. During the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in Company L of the Second Regiment O.N.G., and was detailed as recruiting agent; he also served as Chief Clerk and Assistant in the Adjutant General’s Office. On September 1, 1910, he married Lillian Feldheiser of Celina, Ohio. He is a member of the W. of W.; Masonic Order, and the B.P.O.E., and is affiliated with the First Lutheran Church."

1880 U.S. Census:1006 William enumerated in the household of his father Jak Morey in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio as a white male, age 9, son, single, at school, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio.

1896 Funeral Attendance:290, v. 2, p. 302 (Auglaize County Democrat, 29 October 1896, "Personals") Will Morey of Chicago attended funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Hurst McMurray, per her obituary in Auglaize County Democrat, 29 October 1896.

1900 U.S. Census:935 William enumerated in the household of his uncle William J. McMurray as William B. Morey, nephew, white male, born Nov. '71, age 28, single, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, composition, can read, can write, can speak English. Father Andrew and sisters Jane and Katherine also listed in household. Marriage occurred later that year in September 1910, according to Meyer’s31, p. 125. Atlas and History of Auglaize County.

1910 U.S. Census:954 William enumerated in the household of his uncle William J. McMurray as nephew, male, white, age 38, single, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, English is native language, postmaster at the post office, can read, can write. Sister Jane also listed in household.

1930 U.S. Census:2671 William enumerated in the household of his uncle William J. McMurray at 201 Court Street in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio as nephew, male, white, 57, widower, can read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, printing establishment, works for wages, not a veteran. Others in the household include Mary M. Getz, age 67 and a sister of William B. Morey, and Robert E. Morey, age 18 and the son of William B. Morey.
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