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CASS, C. H.

CASS, MOON, BROWER, JENKINS

Posted By: Annette Lucas (email)
Date: 5/23/2021 at 15:04:19

SOURCE: History of Adair County Iowa and Its People. Lucian M. Kilburn, Supervising Editor. Vol. II, The Pioneer Publishing Co., Chicago 1915

C. H. Cass, of Bridgewater, owns and operates the only brick and tile factory in Adair county and is also a builder and contractor. He has managed his interests well, has gained more than a competence and has at the same time built up an enviable reputation for integrity. He was born in Clinton county, Iowa, September 3, 1864 a son of E. and Anna (Moon) Cass. The parents, who were natives respectively of New York state and Ohio, removed to Iowa in 1838 and settled in Clinton county, where the father entered land. He was well known in the early days and helped in surveying the county. In 1876 he removed to Cass county and located upon a farm there, where his wife passed away. Later he returned to Clinton county, where his demise occurred.

C. H. Cass is one of a family of nine children, eight of whom survive. When but fourteen years of age he left home and traveled over different states but in 1885 settled in Adair county, Iowa. After residing here for some time he established a brick and tile factory, at first manufacturing brick by hand but later installing up-to-date machinery. He still operates the factory, which is the only one of its kind in the county, and his product finds a ready sale in the local markets. He is also a builder and contractor and has erected the greater number of the important buildings of Bridgewater. He also owns forty acres of excellent land adjoining the village limits and four town lots.

In 1889 Mr. Cass married Miss Clara A. Brower, who was born in Adair county and is a daughter of Deloss and Malinda (Jenkins) Brower, both of whom have passed to their reward. Mr. and Mrs. Cass are the parents of six children, H. D., Ola, Berenth, Rex D., Keith and Bethel.

Mr. Cass and his wife belong to the local Christian church and its teachings guide their daily lives. During the three decades that he has resided here he has won the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens and has also gained a place among the successful business men of the community.


 

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