WILLIAM B. CASEY, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
William B. Casey, Wheeling Attorney, with office in the Riley Law Building, has enjoyed a successful professional career in that city for nearly twenty years and has acquired various business and civic responsibilities that make him one of the well-known and influential citizens.
He was born near Modock and Black Hills in Butler County, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1875. His grandparents, Jeremiah Casey and Catherine O'Connor Casey, came from Ireland about 1840, and his grandfather was for many years in the service of the New York Central Railroad. Both grandparents resided at Stittsville, New York, at the time of their death, and are buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Rome, New York.
John W. Casey, father of William B., was born at Rome, New York, in 1847, and was educated in public schools there and at Utica and spent many years as an oil operator and oil well contractor. His work brought him in touch with all the important fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and he lived for a number of years at Wheeling, where he died in March, 1923, at the age of seventy-six. He is buried in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Wheeling. John W. Casey married Effie Williams who was born and reared in Venango and Butler counties, Pennsylvania, and still lives at Wheeling, where she has taken part in church and community affairs. Her ancestors, the Williams, Grant, Phipps and Carnahan families were among the first settlers west of the Allegheny Mountains. She is the mother of five children: William B.; Margaret, wife of Frank Rust, a machinist of Los Angeles, California; Serella, wife of Louis Smyth, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and mother of a daughter Catherine; Thomas J., druggist and pharmacist at New Castle, Pennsylvania, who married Elizabeth Taggart and has four children; and Clyde J., who has charge of a government laundry at San Juan, Porto Rico, and married Mable Stephens of Morgantown, West Virginia.
William B. Casey passed his boyhood years in various localities, the family changing their residence on account of his father's duties as an oil operator. He attended public schools in Warren, Butler and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania, and continued his literary education and the study of law in West Virginia University. He was admitted to the West Virginia bar in 1908 and at once engaged in practice at Wheeling. While his practice has been of a general nature it has brought him important associations with corporate interests. He is in addition to his law practice now president and director of the following corporations, with their principal offices in Wheeling: Wheeling Finance and Realty Company, Consumers Coal Company, and National Bituminous Construction Company.
Mr. Casey is a member of the County and State Bar Associations, is affiliated with the Catholic Church, member of the Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of United Workmen and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 28 of Wheeling. In politics Mr. Casey is a Democrat and was the Democratic candidate for judge of the Criminal Court of Ohio County in 1912.
He married at Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1906, Miss Evelyn Fleahman of Wheeling, where she finished her education in the grammar and high schools, and for several years before her marriage was engaged in secretarial and bookkeeping work. She is a daughter of John W. and Mary (Roth) Fleahman, whose home was at Altitude, Ohio, where her father was a farmer and merchant. Her mother is still living and resides in Wheeling. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Casey were born ten children, one daughter, Margaret, dying at the age of two years. The others are: Mary E., John W., Evelyn, Clyde J., William B., Gwendolyn Rose, Elizabeth, June Joan, Martha May. The daughter Mary graduated from the State Normal School at West Liberty and is now teaching at Elm Grove, West Virginia. John W. and Evelyn are attending high school, and the other children are in the grades.