MRS SARAH CASAD
Mrs Sarah Wakefield Van Winkle Casad, 92, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Edwin Hurt, West of Canutillo, at 4 a.m. Thursday, following an illness of several months. Funeral services will be held at the Graham Mortuary in Las Cruces Friday morning at 10:30 oclock. Interment will be in the Masonic cemetery at Las Cruces.
"Grandma" Casad, as she was familiarly known to hundreds of friends, was born in Springfield, Ill, and moved to Northern California in her married life. In 1874 the Casad family moved to the valley, settling at old Mesilla, where they owned vast holdings and where the old Casad home still stands.
Mrs Casad owned the greater portion of the Brazito land grant at one time and built the first broom factory and first flour mill and started many other industries in the early days.
Mrs Casad was always interested in the upbuilding of the community and civic improvements, and, with Mr. Casad, was among the first persons who took an active part in the organization of the New Mexico Agriculture College, In addition to rearing children of their own, Mr. And Mrs. Casad reared and educated Prof. Fabian Garcia, a member of the faculty of New Mexico State college, and Prof. Rafael Ramirez, who was with the Agriculture college in Juarez until his death several years ago.
Mrs. Casad is the last of 11 children. Surviving her are six daughters, Mesdames Edwin Bert, N.D. Lane, Joseph F. Bennett, sr, M.C. Mandell and C.E. Rhodes, all of who live in the Canutillo district: Mrs. R.J. White, Bakersfield, Calif; two sons, Humboldt and C.D. Casad, also of Canutillo. Three children are dead. There are 36 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren living in El Paso are Mrs. John Fisher, Hinman Rhodes and Mrs. Julius W. Lorentzen.
Published in the El Paso Herald, May 17, 1928, Page 5
Aged 92 Years
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