In the year 1852, being a boy of eighteen years, Lewis Beason left his home in Logan county, Illinois, on horseback for Council Bluffs (then Kanesville) with the expectation of going to California, but he got homesick and retraced his steps. In 1854, however, he did make the trip to California, returning in 1855. In 1856 he located in this county, on section 21, Atlantic township. In that year he cast his first vote, at Grove City for John C. Fremont. In 1860 he was married, in Grant township, to Miss Augusta Wooster. He is now forty-two years old; is a native of Greene county, Ohio. He was the founder and original owner of the town of Anita.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 37.