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Source:
Portrait & Biographical Records
of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio
Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent
and Representative Citizens of the Counties
 Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents
of the United States
Chicago:
Chapman Publishing Co.
1895

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  WILLIAM M. TRACY, one of the enterprising young journalists of Marion County, is editor and publisher of the Larue Weekly News, a bright and well conducted paper.  He became the sole proprietor of the newspaper plant in September, 1892, and placed on a firm financial basis.  The circulation of the paper is growing at a flattering rate and the books show an actual subscription list of eight hundred.  The News is devoted to the welfare of this community, and spares no efforts in the advancement of its interests.
     The father of our subject was Hiram Tracy, who was born and passed his entire life in the Buckeye State.  By occupation he was a farmer in Union County, and died on his homestead when in his forty-ninth year.  His parents were natives of New York State, and his grandparents were born in Scotland.  His father, who attained the extreme old age of one hundred and one years, was in the Patriot army during the War of 1812.  The wife of Hiram Tracy bore the maiden name of Martha Graves.  Her father was born in Ireland, and her mother was a native of Ohio, but of Scotch extraction.  Mrs. Tracy died at her home in Richwood at the age of fifty-five years.
     The second in a family of five children, William M. Tracy was born Feb. 8, 1866, in Richwood, Union County, this state.  He remained at home with his mother after his father's death until he was nearly grown, and received a very good grammar and high school education.  He early manifested an inclination for a journalistic career and learned the details of the business Going to Findlay, Ohio, he worked as a journeyman printer for some time, after which he went to Marion and was employed on the Mirror for three years.  On the expiration of that period he bought a fourth interest in the business and was associated therewith until the fall of 1892, since which time, as previously stated, he has given his entire attention to the management of the News.
     Mr. Tracy uses his right of franchise in favor of the Democratic party, and has taken quite an active part in county politics, though his paper is conducted on neutral lines.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to both the subordinate lodge and the encampment of Marion.  He is also associated with Larue Lodge No. 463, F. & A. M., and with Walter Scott Lodge No. 214, K. of P.  Religiously he is a believer in the Methodist Episcopal denomination and is a strong member of the local church.
     Nov. 25, 1891, Mr. Tracy was united in marriage with Miss Eunice Hedges, who was born and grew to womanhood in Union County, Ohio.  The young couple are very popular in social and church circles and enjoy the friendship of all who have the pleasure of their acquaintance.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 123

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