Joseph  Magill

            Joseph Magill, brother of the above  [see James Magill]  and Editor-in-Chief of the Times, was born in the County of Fermanagh, Ireland, November 22, 1852, being the youngest of a family of seven children.  In 1867, he came to the United States, going immediately to Cincinnati, and there joined his brothers with whom he made his home, four years, when in 187 1, he came to Shelbyville and engaged as a clerk in the shoe store of  John Shelk, with whom he remained something over one year.  While there he conceived a desire to adopt the profession of Journalism.  With that in view he set to work, commencing at the foot of the ladder as a typo in the office of the  Shelby Republican.  At intervals, until 1876, he was engaged at the trade of his adoption on important work on the following papers:  Cleveland Herald,  J[?] Albany Ledger- Standard,  Louisville Ledger,  Cinainnati Commercial  and  Chicago Times.  In 1876, he took charge of the Literary Department of the Southern Rural Gentleman, at Grenada, Miss.  Owing to ill health he was compelled to retire from that position in the latter part of that year.  He then returned to Shelbyville, remaining a short time when he went to the West Indies via New York.  In 1877, he returned to the United States.  With the exception of three years when he was engaged in the Dramatic profession, he has made Journalism his life profession.  After his return from the West Indies he took the position of City Editor of the  Evansville Tribune.  In 1879, he took the same position on the  Courier  of that city, with which he was connected in that capacity for three years; 1883 and 1884, he was City Editor of the  Journal  at that place; the latter part of 1884, he severed his connection with that paper and secured employment with  R. G. Dunn's Mercantile Agency, stationed at Minneapolis and Omaha, but as that did not prove agreeable to him he took a position as Reporter on the Chicago J[?]'s and A[?] about two years, when he came to Shelbyville in 1886, and has since been in charge of the Times.  December 31, 1886, his marriage with  Miss Anna Deprez  was solemnized.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches,"  page 506
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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