New York Times obit of William E. Valentine 29 July 1897
William E. Valentine. William E. Valentine, a newspaper man known in the Eastern District of Brooklyn, died yesterday morning in the Octagon Ho tel at Oyster Bay, L. I. Death was due to an abscess on the brain. Mr. Valentine was born in Dublin thirty-flve thirty-flve thirty-flve years ago. He was educated for the priesthood, but gave up his studies before his course was completed, completed, came to this country, and in 1SS2 went to Kansas. He settled in one of the rapidly gjRing towns of that State, end was elected its Mayor. He became prosperous, prosperous, but after the boom died out heiost his money, and was forced to drive a street car for a living in a near-by near-by near-by town. Subsequently he secured a place on a' W estern -paper, -paper, and before coming to New York worked on several papers in Chicago. Mr. Valentine's talents were varied. He claimed to be the author of " Casey at the Bat," and was at different times connected with " The Black Hussar " and " Shamus " O'Brien Opera Companies. He was a singer of considerable ability. Mr. Valentine's sister sister is Mother Superior of a convent in Dublin. Dublin. For a few months preceding his death Mr. Valentine had been manager of the Octagon Octagon Hotel at Oyster Bay.