Terry Cavenaugh, who is now retired from active business life, came to Cass county in 1861, locating at Grove City. He bought a farm near that village, which he improved, and on which he lived about seven years, then sold out and engaged in drawing goods for the merchants of Lewis and Grove City, from Des Moines, Nevada and other more eastern points in the State. He also hauled goods from the same points for the first merchants of Atlantic. He subsequently engaged in farming near Grove City, and in 1874, commenced merchandising in Atlantic, following that business for several years. He is now living a retired life, although he has land interests in Dakota, and spends considerable of his time in that territory. He was born in the north of Ireland, and came to the United States in June, 1840. He lived in Franklin county, New York, for several years, and then went to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and thence to this county. His wife was Mary MeKabe, also a native of Ireland They were married in the State of New York, and have three children--Henry, Terry and Barney. His oldest son, John, served in the late war, and was taken prisoner, and died at Andersonville. He first enlisted in the Second Infantry, and served until sometime in 1862, when he was discharged and enlisted in the Seventh Wisconsin Cavalry.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 888.