PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF MORGAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers
WILLIAM L. FAY, editor of the Daily and Weekly Jacksonville Journal, is a native of this State, having been born in Springfield March 15, 1851. He was educated in the grandest of all schools, experience, commencing at the bottom of the ladder, and climbing slowly but steadily and surely, until he reached the top rounds. He was ten years of age when he commenced to work in the printing office of the old Jacksonville Sentinel, and from that time until the present he has been continuously in the newspaper work. He began by setting type, and was gradually promoted until in 1874 he came into the Journal office as night editor and foreman. In November, 1886, the Journal company then organized with Mr. Fay as one of the principal stock-holders, and from that date he has been associated with Mr. Nichols, whose sketch will be found in the Album. These two gentlemen have jointly edited and managed the two editions with signal success. Their newspaper enjoys a large
circulation and a finely paying advertising list, and has more influence than most of its competitors in this region. Mr. Fay has been very successful as a newspaper man, and with Mr. Nichols has brought this paper up to a high standard of excellence by sheer force of industry, and by technical and general intelligence. In politics the Journal commands an influence which is felt in the counsel of its party and it is read with respect by the leaders.
In the social world Mr. Fay is no less influential than in his chosen profession of journalism. The Masonic fraternity has a no more enthusiastic worker, while the I. O. O. F., K. of P., and Red Men have in him a worthy and intelligent member. He was married in this city in 1880 to Miss Leah Plattner.
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