Lewis & Albert Kash
KASH, YESLEY, WESLEY, HOUSKA, LAITY
Posted By: Oregon Rains
Date: 6/15/2006 at 00:36:35
Lewis and Albert Kash are enterprising and progressive farmers of Richland township, owning the old homestead of three hundred and fifty acres on sections 14 and 15. They are both natives of the township in which they reside, the former born on the 19th of June, 1869, and the latter on the 23d of April, 1871, their parents being Albert and Kate (Yesley) Kash, both of whom were natives of Bohemia. The father was born. April 23, 1836, while the mother's birth occurred on the 8th of November, 1836. They were married on the 12th of February, 1860, and in the same year started for the new world, having determined to try their fortune on this side of the Atlantic. On reaching the United States they made their way direct to Iowa and settled on a small farm of forty or eighty acres in Delaware county. They met many hardships and difficulties in the early days of their residence here, but as the years passed on prosperity attended them and subsequently the father purchased more land from time to time until he was the owner of the farm now in possession of his sons, comprising three hundred and fifty acres of valuable land on sections 14 and 15, Richland township. Throughout his remaining days he carried on general agricultural pursuits, bringing his land to a high state of cultivation and transforming it into rich and productive fields. His life's labors were ended April 14, 1910. He had for about five years survived his wife, who passed away on the 7th of September, 1905. To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kash were born six children, five of whom still survive as follows: Josephine, who is the wife of Frank Wesley, of Richland township; John, a resident of Richland township; Mary, who gave her hand in marriage to Thomas Houska, of Richland township: and Lewis and Albert.
The two last named were reared in Richland township, enjoying the educational advantages offered by the public schools, while their business training was that received under the direction of their father in the cultivation and development of the farm. Neither had any desire to choose another line of occupation and after attaining manhood they purchased the old homestead farm of three hundred and fifty acres in Richland township, operating the place in partnership. They carry on general farming and also make a specialty of dairying, both branches of their business returning to them a gratifying annual income. Albert Kash is one of the directors of the creamery company at Strawberry Point. Their business affairs are carefully and systematically managed and energy and ambition have led them far along the high road to success.
On the 4th of March, 1902, Albert Kash was united in marriage to Miss Zetta Laity, of Richland township. The brothers give their political allegiance to the democratic party and Albert has ably served as township trustee and also as a school director. They have spent their entire lives in Delaware county and are widely recognized as representative farmers and valued citizens.
~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 249-250. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.
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