|Birth: ||Dec., 1843|
Van Buren County
from, "The Mole's Eye, Milton High School; Apr-1926" . . found on http://www.rootsweb.com/~iavanbur/archives/recollections_2.htm
"Preston Cassady, one of our old pioneers, gives us an interesting sketch of pioneer life. He says that his parents migrated from Indiana in the year 1837. They came, as was the custom of that time in a covered wagon. A place of settlement was found about 4 miles northeast of here.
In the spring of the year a heavy snow had fallen. Mr. Cassady, my father, was out hunting wild bees, when he came across tracks in the snow. He followed them until he came to a settlers cabin. As far as he knew there were no other white settlers there. But he knew that the tracks were not those of the Indians. He was much surprised to find a pioneer, who was Brushwood (Bushrod) Craven.
I was born in 1843. We had to go to Alexandria Missouri, for all our groceries. Flour was not known then. We got cornmeal and ate cornbread. I was 8 years old before we ever had any school. When we did have one, it was built in the timber. The floor was made of logs, split and matched together. It was called a puncheon floor. We had a huge fireplace, also wooden benches near to it. Our books at first consisted only of a reader and a speller. Later on, arithmetic was included, which was known as the Old Blue Back. Our school terms consisted of only three months in the winter. Many times we would walk over drifts, which were over the picket fences. Yes, we walked right over the fences. About every weekend, we would go to some other school for a spelling contest. That is later on when more schools were dotted here and there. We all went in sleds usually drawn by oxen.
Our fuel for household uses was taken from the trees in the timber. The trees were cut and drawn by oxen to the cabin. There they were trimmed and split ready for use.
We had no churches for some time. Preaching was only held about twice a year. Then it was in the log schoolhouses.
I cant remember much of the Indians. I know though that they were friendly. They came many times to the settlers cabins and traded their trinkets for food. That is only a few of the conditions of pioneer times, but it is enough to show what our conveniences were as compared to those of today."
Ann E. Blanchard Cassady (1846 - 1945)*
Andrew Allen Casady (1868 - 1947)*
Coral Casady (1875 - 1876)*
William H Casady (1882 - 1958)*
"E.P. Casady. 1843-1931."
Van Buren County
Created by: George Cassady
Record added: Oct 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43552989