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From: "Nan Brennan Chicago" <>
Subject: [Irish in Chicago] obit 1913 printer William McEvoy Chicago born Dublin
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 18:26:18 -0600

Chicago Tribune (IL)


William McEvoy Entered Employ of "The Tribune&quot; as Apprentice in 1848.


For Years He Was Secretary of Typographical Local 16, Which He Organized in 1852.

William McEvoy.

Born Sept. 8, 1832. Died Nov. 16, 1913.

Edition: Chicago Tribune

William McEvoy, a resident of Chicago for sixty-five years and one of the fifty-two printers who organized Chicago Typographical union No. 16 in June, 1852, died yesterday at 2019 Racine avenue. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 8, 1832.

"Bill" McEvoy, as he was known among the printing trades in Chicago, arrived in Chicago with his family in 1848, after a six weeks' voyage from Ireland in a sailing vessel.

Enters Employ of "Tribune."

When still a boy he took up the printing trade as an apprentice in THE TRIBUNE'S composing room. At that time THE TRIB-UNE had its offices in the top floor of a building at the southwest corner of Lake and La Salle streets. The space was about 25x60 feet. The paper was printed on the horse-power press of a weekly paper called the Citizen, owned by Zachariah Eastman.

THE TRIBUNE'S composing room force then consisted of two journeymen printers and three boys. Editor Wheeler usually set his own compositions from the case.

After serving his apprenticeship on THE TRIBUNE, "Bill" McEvoy followed the usual custom of printers of the early period, and "went on the road," working in newspaper offices in several of the larger cities. He settled in Chicago in 1854 and has since been connected with the trade in this city. He served on the Times under the editorship of James W. Sheehan, on the Democrat while "Long John" Wentworth was editor, and on the Post when Charles A. Dana was the editor. Later he was employed on the Journal and the Inter Ocean.

Long Secretary of Union.

Mr. McEvoy was financial secretary of Chicago Typographical union No. 16 from 1876 to 1879 and secretary-treasurer from 1888 to 1909. When he retired from the printing trade he was pensioned by the union in recognition of his faithful services.

The funeral will be held from ST. Vincent's church, Sheffield and Webster avenues, tomorrow at 10 o'clock.

Copyright 1913, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune.

Record Number: 19131117ob005

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