William E. Reilly
William E. Reilly, one of Lima's representative
business men, in the line of real estate and insurance, was born at
Chicago, Illinois, in 1860, and is a son of the late Patrick Reilly, who
was a railroad man all his life, and who for 14 years was chief of the
motive power department of the Lake Erie & Western Railroad.
In his childhood, the parents of our subject moved from Chicago to
Burlington, Iowa, where he was reared and where he obtained his
education in the public schools. After completing the high school
course he went to Beardstown, Illinois, as a clerk to the master
mechanic of the St. Louis Division, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railroad. In that capacity he remained three years, when he became
storekeeper of the Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railroad, at Mattoon,
Illinois, and continued thus until the fall of 1887. In September of
that year he came to Lima as chief clerk of the mechanical department of
the Lake Erie & Western Railroad, his father at that time being chief of
the motive power department. In this position he continue until June
In the spring of 1901, Mr. Reilly was elected a justice of the
peace and served in that capacity until June 1905. Since then he has
been engaged in the fire and life insurance business, and has also dealt
in real estate with it. He has always been more or less interested in
politics and is a ready worker for his friends.
Fraternally Mr. Reilly belongs to the Eagles and to the Elks.
He is a member of St. John's Catholic Church.