J. E. HANWAY.
On the list of capable newspaper men of Wyoming appears the name of J. E. Hanway, who is proprietor of the Casper Daily Tribune, published at Casper. A native of Indiana, he was born in Greensburg, that state, June 25, 1866, his parents being Israel C. and Martha Hanway, who were natives of Kentucky but removed to Indiana in early life. The ancestry of the family is traced back to Jonas Hanway who is mentioned in the history of London as being the first man to appear on the streets of London carrying an umbrella. This was in the sixteenth century.
J. E. Hanway, whose name introduces this record, acquired his education in the public schools of Topeka, Kansas, and in the school of actual experience, where he learned valuable lessons. Starting out in life, he held a government position in the postoffice department through the first five years of his business career. He then entered the newspaper field, becoming connected with the circulation department of the Kansas City Star when that paper was a very small factor in the community. He was afterward employed by different newspapers in Kansas City for several years and then accepted a position with the business and circulation department of the Topeka State Journal, one of the great papers of Kansas. After five years' connection with that paper he embarked in business on his own account, leasing a newspaper at Horton, Kansas, which proved to him that there was no money in working on a salary for anyone. He then decided to go west and in 1905 closed out his business in Horton and started for Wyoming, having in mind the purchase of a newspaper in that great young state. While en route he stopped in Denver and became identified with a number of Colorado newspapers, with which he was associated at different periods. In 1907 he went to Utah and Nevada as a representative of one of the Denver dailies. When the gold field boom subsided in 1907 he purchased a half interest in a weekly paper published at Richfield, Utah, but sold this inside of six months at a handsome profit. He then entered the field and followed the vocation of buying run-down newspapers and building them up, after which he would sell at top prices. At one time he was the owner of five different newspapers, four weeklies and a daily, which were all put on a firm basis and sold at a good advance over the original price which he paid for them. After nine years he arrived in Casper, Wyoming, in October, 1914, and purchased the Natrona County Tribune, which at that time was the leading weekly newspaper of Casper. It was at that period that the city was just beginning to throw off its swaddling clothes and take on the robes of a city of twenty-five hundred people. From the beginning it was evident that Mr. Hanway had at last found the location for which he was looking, and from the progress and success of the Tribune it was evident that Casper was looking for Mr. Hanway, as under his ownership the paper has now developed into one of the leading journals of Wyoming. The plant has been enlarged until today it is one of the most complete in the state, occupying handsome quarters in the new Oil Exchange building. The Tribune is now published daily under the name of the Casper Daily Tribune. The plant is equipped with three of the latest improved linotype machines, a Goss Comet webb perfecting press and all the latest machinery used in the production of a first-class daily newspaper. In addition to his newspaper interests Mr. Hanway is a director and the treasurer of the Out West Petroleum Company, is the president of the New England Wyoming Oil Company and a director in the Wyoming Kentucky Petroleum Company, so that he has become closely associated with the development of oil properties in this section.
On the 18th of September, 1888, in Topeka, Mr. Hanway was united in marriage to Miss Effie E. Grice, a daughter of John Grice, who was at one time prominent in republican politics of Shawnee county, Kansas, having been honored by his party with the office of sheriff. Mrs. Hanway was born and reared in Kansas and lived on a farm near Topeka until fifteen years of age, when she removed to Topeka, which was her home until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Hanway have two children: Earl E., who wedded Miss Sunshine Ferry, of Denver; and Isabel Martha Dorothy, who is now a first-year student in the Casper high school.
In politics Mr. Hanway is a republican. He has never held public office of any kind, as he has always found plenty to do in his chosen profession. He has, however, recently become interested in the oil game in Wyoming and is at the head of several very promising companies that are becoming factors in the development of the oil regions of the west.