A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
WILLIAM LEY has been a prominent figure in the coal business at Davenport
for thirty years. He is president of the Ley Fuel Company, a wholesale coal
and coke organization, with headquarters in the Hickey Building.
Mr. Ley was born at Avilla in Noble County, Indiana, August 16, 1879. When
he was a small child his parents, Gustave and Caroline (Schneider) Ley, moved
out to Kansas, and he grew up in that state, attending grade and high schools
there. Mr. Ley became a resident of Davenport in 1899, and has concentrated
his business energies on the coal business. At first he was with the
Southwestern Coal Company, and in 1913 he organized the Ley Fuel Company, of which
he is president.
Mr. Ley has been a popular member of business and civic organizations at
Davenport. He is now president of the Davenport Kiwanis Club, with whose work
he has been identified for several years. He is a member of the Rock Island
Arsenal Golf Club, the Davenport Outing Club and Knights of Columbus.
On October 7, 1903, he and Miss Mary Hickey, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
D. J. Hickey, of Davenport, were married in the Scared Heart Cathedral,
Bishop James J. Davis officiating. Mrs. Hickey is a member of the prominent
family of Davenport. They have one son, Murray Hickey Ley, a member of the class
of 1930 in Notre Dame University in Indiana.
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