John Wise Cashion Sr. was born 9 February 1865 to Joseph Cashion (b. Macon, GA) and Margaret McMinn (b.Smith, MS). Married to Sarah Rosa Edna McCarty. He was a Christian, hard-worker, volunteer fire fighter, and well thought of in Cleburne and the surrounding area.
They had 12 children (4 died in childbirth):
-James "Jim" Cashion died by his own hand October 10, 1913 at the age of 26, after his proposal of marriage was rejected.
-Nell Cashion died of influenza in 1918, at the age of 18 and she was 7 months pregnant.
-Lewis Lee "Dutch" Cashion (b. Jun 16, 1894 in Cleburne, TX, d. Apr 23, 1946) died as the result of burns received in a Magnolia Petroleum explosion near Clarkwood, TX, when they were trying to cut up an "empty" tank and the welding torch blew it up. (m. Ana Belle Whitenburg Cashion Olney) Burial place unknown (D.C. says body removed to Alice.).
-Thaddeus Cashion (b. approx 1892, d. Feb 4, 1970).
-Joseph Cashion (b. Jan 4, 1890, d. Aug 15, 1937).
-Burton "Burt" Shannon Cashion (b. Jul 5 1905, d. Jan 30, 1924).
-John "Jay" Wise Cashion (b. Aug 10, 1907, d. May 20, 1966).
-Jan Byrd Cashion (b. Dec 8, 1909, d. May 2, 1981).
When my great-grandfather was killed, Great-grandmother was left with 7 children. She kept Jan, but the rest had to be farmed out to various relatives and orphanages. She re-married in 1916 to John Millsap, but he didn't want children so they weren't brought home. She re-married again to John Myers.
Cleburne Morning Review, March 2, 1915, under a headline of "John Cashion Dies of Wound, Will Blasingame Tells of Shooting at Letter on Boxcar Door" reports:
"John Cashion (45047799) died at his home at 9 o'clock last night from the effects of a bullet wound received while he was at work in a boxcar.
"At 4 o'clock Monday afternoon Mr. Cashion, for a long time in the employe (sic) of the city and for the past two years in the employ of Hugh C. Blasingame in the transfer and storage business, was accidentally shot in the back of the head and was immediately removed to a doctor's office, where he received medical attention. He was later removed to his home and it was reported he had some chance to live but he soon became worse and passed away at 9 o'clock.
"Will Blasingame, son of H.C. Blasingame, stated to a Review man early last night that he picked up a .22 rifle and to try out the gun, shot at a letter on a boxcar door, near his father's place of business. He did not know that Mr. Cashion was in the car and was greatly shocked when he learned that the small calibre (sic) bullet had passed through the car door and hit Mr. Cashion in the back of the head. The rifle was loaded with a .22 short cartridge. "I thought Mr. Cashion was behind me," said Will Blasingame, "and you can not imagine how much I regretted the accident. We placed him in the wagon and brought him immediately to a doctor's office, where medical attention was rendered. I am wishing with all my heart for his full recovery."
Cleburne Daily Enterprise, March 3rd, 1915, under a headline of "Funeral of John Cashion Tuesday Afternoon" reports:
"At the funeral of John Cashion yesterday at four p.m. the pallbearers were representatives of the W.O.W. [Woodmen of the World] and the local fire boys, as follows: W.C. Blakeney, W.H. Carlock and J.L. Welley from the W.O.W. and John C. Holland, Hugh Paschal, and H.J. Dickey from the fire boys.
"Mr. Cashion had long been an honorary member of the fire department, and had driven the wagon for eight or ten years. He was paid a final token of respect by his fellow workers, who arranged one of the wagons and the chief's wagon to be a part of the procession, these being draped in black as a sign of their sorrow and loss.
"As a faithful member of the W.O.W., Mr. Cashion was paid every last rite of respect of this order, and the ritual of the lodge appropriately used at the interment.
"The fire department attended the funeral in a body, and the city officials were in attendance. A large attendance of friends and acquaintances were present for the funeral, and the floral offerings were numerous, showing the love in which the deceased was held."
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