Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
March 24  1874

We are authorized to announce Henry Cassell as a candidate for Commissioner  of Highways.

Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
July 6 1874

Decatur Township Officers
Commisioner of Highways: A. J. Williams, Henry Cassell, J. M. Lowrey

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
February 1 1877
- From Saturday's Daily.

A Pleasant Surprise

For some days several of the young people in town have been busy in planning a surprise upon Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cassell, who live about two miles northeast of town. The arrangements were so adroitly made that the parties to be surprised had no inkling of the affair. Last evening was fixed upon as the time, and about twenty couple went out in carriages, taking refreshments with them

Mr. and Mrs. Cassell were much surprised at the sudden raid upon their quiet home by so large a company, but they soon saw that no harm was intended, and so accepted the situation gracefully, an did all in their power to render the occasion as enjoyable one to their young friends. The visitors virtually took possession of the premises and had everything their own way. At a proper time the table was spread and the bountiful supply of good things which the jolly party had taken along with them was spread before the company.

The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, charming music being furnished by Leonard's orchestra. At a seasonable hour the young people returned to the city, leaving their esteemed friends to the quiet of their rural home. The occasion was one that will be remembered with pleasure, both by surprised and suprisers.

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
September 20 1877

A Cotton Wedding

Last night Mr. Henry Cassell and his good wife, celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary, in the shape of a "Cotton Wedding". About sixty people were present, and a right jolly time was enjoyed. Those in attendance brought with them numerous presents in the line of cotton goods, aggregating enough of that kind of merchandise to stock the family for some time to come. Among the guests were Mrs. Seibers, a sister of Prof. Goodman and Mrs. Reeves, both of Columbus, Ohio. About 9 o'clock a superb supper was served, to which all did ample justice. At a seasonable hour the company separated, with the felling that it had been good to be there.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
July  18  1879

There was a surprise party at Henry Cassell's country residence, two miles northeast of the city, yesterday, given in honor of that industrious and successful farmer. Not mentionaing 10 or 15 children, the following is a complete list of those present. Mrs. Capt. Goodman, Mrs. M. Goldburg, mrs. Will Ferguson, Mrs. Geo. Brett, Mrs. Adam Imboden, Mrs. Henry Cassell, Mrs. Frank Haines, Mrs. I. D. Jennings, Mrs. John Gross, mrs. Edward Bassey, Mrs. Wm Scanlan, Mrs. T. B. Albert, Mrs. Al. Chandler, Mrs. Will Banker, Mrs. Mueller, aged 86, and daughter, Miss Sallie Albert and Miss Ella Cassell. A splendid dinner was discussed, when Mr. Cassell came in from his work, and enlivened the party with his presence for about thirty minutes, and then returned to the field. At this picnic, the masculine sex was given the cold shoulder, and the ladies paid their own expenses from first to last. They say that they had a top top time, but confess that it would have been a little pleasanter had there been a man around to make fun of, help carry water and talk politics.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
November 10 1880

Henry Cassell, who owns 100 acres of improved land northeast of the city, has invested $1,500 in a mammoth new barn, which is now being erected on his farm. The carpenters have been at work on the barn for the past two months.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
April 3 1882

A Sensational Episode

Two Daring Robbers Call Out Henry Cassell and Relieve Him of $14 in Cash

A hair raising and thrilling incident transpired at the farm house of Mr. Henry Cassell, two miles northeast of Decatur, on Saturday evening at about eight o'clock, which seems like a chapter from one of those diem novels that poison the minds of the yourth of the land. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell and the hired hand were seated in the big room chatting together, when the sound of a knowck was heard at the front door. Wondering who the caller could be, Mr. Cassell went alone to the door, opened it, and there in the moonlight stood two strange and fierce-looking men, both wearing overalls and skull caps. The taller man's face was partly covered with beard and the fleshy man wore full beard, but whether or not the whiskers were false, Mr. Cassell is unable to state.

The tall man first asked if he could get work for himself and companion. Mr. C. said he had none at present; then the man asked if he could get lodging for the night, and while Mr. Cassell was telling the couple that he could not keep them, and that they had better go into town, the tall man grasped Mr. C. by the collar, and pointing a pistol at his head, said he had come for that $200 that he (Cassell) had got while in the city. Mrs. Cassell hearing the demand, rushed to the door screaming with fright, but her cries were soon quieted by the second dare devil, who got into the hall and pointing a cocked pistol at the woman's head, warned her to keep quiet or he would blow her brains out.

The two robbers then compelled Mr. and Mrs. Cassell to enter the room in which the dumb-founded hired hand was standing, and while the tall robber made Mr. Cassel hand out all the money he had in his pocket book ($14), under threat of instant death, the other robber kept his pistol pointed at the laborer and the thoroughly frightened woman.

After the cash had been secured, they passed out of the room and house backward, with pistols leveled at the heads of the trio, and as they passed out of the front door, the tall man notified the inmates that if either of them left the house within one hour, the body of that person would be pierced with bullets.

The family were in a dilemma, and were at loss to decide what to do; and therefore they did nothing but remain in doors until their nerves became steady, when all the doors and windows were securely fastened and they retired. In the meantime the robbers scampered off with the booty.

The officers have obtained no trace of the robbers.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
April 4 1882

The officers have obtained no clew as to the identity of the cheeky robbers who relieved Henry Cassell of $14. The bold couple have probably gone hence many miles.

Decatur Weekly Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
July 27 1882

Mr. Henry Cassell is proud of his patch of White Russian Oats, as are also Geo. S. Durfee & Bro., who sold him the seed. Three grains of oats in a "hill" produced three stools, with 12 stalks to the stool, and Mr. Cassell thinks he will have 75 to 100 bushels to the acre.

Herald Despatch (Decatur, Illinois)
June 21 1890

Oats as a rule are in bad condition but there are a few exceptions. Henry Cassell and Hiram Ward are among those who anticipate a good crop.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL
June 10, 1896

Mrs. Henry Cassell is on the sick list.


Thursday, October 13, 1898

Florid - October 11

Henry Cassell of Decatur and John Cassell of Niantic are spending a week with relatives and old aquaintances.


November 24, 1898

Henry Cassell of Decatur has purchased property in the village where he intends to make his future home.

The Hennepin Herald

March 2, 1899 - Florid News

Henry Cassell of Decatur has moved to Florid in the formerly Jacob Willis house.

 March 9, 1899 - Court House News

Real Estate Transfers

Jacob Willis to Henry Cassell, part of N.E. quarter 24, 32, 2 $475.

March 9, 1899 - Florid News

Henry Cassell and wife went to Henry after furniture last Thursday. They are now located in their new home.


Florid, February 6, 1902

Henry Cassell and wife, who have been spending the winter in California, returned to their beautiful home in Florid last Friday. Their many friends bid them welcome.

Florid, June 5, 1902

Henry Cassell and wife spent last week visiting friends in Decatur.

Florid, June 12, 1902

Mr. Danley of Decatur is visiting with Henry Cassell for a short time.

Florid, June 26, 1902

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen were guests of Mr. Henry Cassell Sunday.

Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois) > 1902 > June > 24

High Priced Land

The Henry Cassell farm northeast of the city, consisting of 100 acres was sold yesterday to a gentleman from Shelbyville, who was hunting a home close to the city, for $180 per acre.


Cottage Hill, July 29, 1902

Mrs. H.B. Alleman and Mirtle Linehan called on the family of Harve Allen of Florid, also on Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cassell last Saturday afternoon. They found Mr. Cassell in poor health.


Florid, August 21, 1902

Henry Cassell is going to build a new horse barn. The material is on the ground and Wm. Schultz, the contractor and builder from Missouri will commence work on it this week.


November 10, 1902

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cassell of Florid were callers on relatives in Castleton, Sunday afternoon.

Cottage Hill, June 29, 1903

We are sorry to learn of the illness of Henry Cassell of Florid.

Cottage Hill, September 28, 1903

We called on Henry Cassell of Florid, last Wednesday and found him in poor health, although feeling better than the week before. He had his niece, Miss Kate Shandlick of Decatur, Illinois visiting him.

Front page, Wednesday, July 19, 1905

Henry Cassell Passes Away

On July 15, 1905, Henry Cassell passed to the other shore, at his home in Florid, age 79 years, 4 months and 14 days. Deceased was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania back in 1826 and came to Putnam County in 1840 at the age of 14 years. On September 18, 1847, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Bashore. To this union, two children were born, Katy E. and Charles W., both of whom died in early childhood. In 1854, he and his wife moved to Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, where they resided until February 1899, when they returned to Putnam County and again took up their residence in Florid. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell united with the M. E. church 22 years ago under the ministrations of a noted evangelist and have been true and faithful Christians ever since. Henry Cassell was an honest and industrious man and accumulated considerable property during his life time. He was quite the unassuming man, strictly honest with his dealing with his fellow man. The funeral took place Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. R. Jones, pastor of Hennepin, M. E. church. Internment in Florid cemetery.

Florid, Wednesday, March 21, 1906

Mrs. Henry Cassell was called to Decatur, Saturday, to see her niece Mrs. Danley, who was seriously ill.

Florid, April 9, 1906 (April 11 edition)

Mrs. Henry Cassell, who was visiting her niece, Mrs. George Danley in Decatur, returned home last week.

Florid, Tuesday, June 26, 1906 (June 27 edition)

Mrs. Sarah Cassell is having a fresh coat of paint put on her house.

FLORID, TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1906 (August 1 edition)

Mr. G. W. Danley of Decatur is visiting with Mrs. Henry Cassell.


Florid, January 17, 1907

Mrs. Henry Cassell had some relatives from Princeton visiting her a few days ago.



Eph Cassel of Republican City, Nebraska, is visiting his aunt Mrs. Sarah Cassell.


Florid, September 12, 1907

Mrs. Sarah Cassell had a new concrete walk completed around her house, Harvey Allen doing the work, Moses Daily helper.

Florid, September 26, 1907

Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Allen of Henry visited at H. E. Allen and Mrs. Sarah Cassell's last Sunday

Florid, January 1, 1908

Mrs. Cramer and daughter, Mrs. Wallin of Nebraska are guests at the home of Mrs. Sarah Cassell

Florid, April 16, 1908

Mrs. Clara Wallin, who has been here the past four months visiting at her aunt's Mrs. Sarah Cassell's returned to her home in Nebraska last Sunday.

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