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William O'Leary

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 777

WILLIAM O'LEARY
     who, as chief of police, occupies it very responsible position, at Sidney, O., is a man well qualified for the same both by experience and through those personal traits and natural endowments that are absolutely necessary for official position of this nature. He was born in Green township, Shelby county, O., March 25, 1871, and is a son of Thomas and Mary (Kelley) O'Leary. Until Chief O'Leary was ten years old his parents lived on the farm of his birth but then came to Sidney and lived in this city during the remainder of their lives.
     William O'Leary attended the Catholic school at Sidney and under the direction of the gentle sisters became a well informed youth. He then learned the blacksmith trade with his brother, Hugh O'Leary and continued to work as a blacksmith until 1892, when he joined the police force and was gradually advanced in rank until, fourteen years ago, he was made chief of the department. Firmness and efficiency have marked his administration and perhaps there is no city of its size in Ohio that is better policed or in which the life and rights of its citizens are more securely guarded.
     Chief O'Leary was married to Miss Emma Simmons and they have three sons: William, Emerson and Hugh. The family belongs to the Catholic church. For a number of years Chief O'Leary has been identified with the Knights of Columbus and lie belongs also to the Elks.

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