Philadelphia, October 6, 1844

DIED, on the 16th of September last at Hennepin, Putnam Co. Ill. of bilious fever, MRS. SARAH ANN CASSELL, aged twenty six years and four months, wife of Mr. Joseph Cassell, and third daughter of the late PHILLIP LYNCH, ESQ. of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. We cannot consent that the grave should close over the reliques of the deceased, without recording our slight tribute to the memory of her many virtues. Married when very young - she has exhibited an instance of the entire compatibility of the most faithful and assiduous attention to domestic duties. As a wife, mother, and sister, her general conduct towards all, was such as to have endeared her to all - and she was only known to be loved. Dying in the prime of life, her loss to her husband and her children, is wholly irreparable-- and she is deeply lamented by the social in which she moved. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude- and at length sank into the sleep of Death, with the liveliest hope and faith in the mercies of her GOD.


January 31, 1846


The Subscriber takes this method of informing his old friends and customers, that having returning from a recent visit to the east, he is now prepared to execute all work entrusted into his care with dispatch and in the most workmen-like manner, such as shoeing horses, ironing wagons, carriages and c. Having had an extensive experience in the various departments of blacksmithing, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage. He can be found anytime at the old stand near Florid. --- Joseph Cassell


Thursday, July 15, 1869

Hennepin News

A vagabondish looking fellow, who had been sauntering around the country in the vicinity of Florid for several days last week was arrested and brought to town by Mr. Cal Cassell. Lodged in jail, but as no definite violation of the law could be proven against him, he was released.


June 2, 1876

Cal Cassell and Peter Clemens brought to town last Monday a huge snake, which they captured alive at Mr. Gardners this side of Florid. His snakeship was between six and eight feet long and 4 or 5 inches in circumference around the largest part of his body. His color was yellow, black and brown.

Putnam Record


Scarlet fever is raging at Florid and there have been two deaths in the past few days. Ephriam Cassell buried a child last Monday and Mrs. Stewart a little girl yesterday.



School election passed off very quietly in our district. Ephriam Cassell was re-elected .


Florid, October 22, 1880

Mrs. Laura Cassell, wife of Joseph Cassell of Florid, died suddenly of heart disease on Wednesday evening, October 13. She had been as well as usual during the day and had been out in the orchard looking at the fruit in which she had always taken great interest. She leaves three daughters.



Joseph Cassell, who has been confined to his room and bed for nearly 2 months is getting better and it is hoped that he will be out soon.


March 18, 1883

Married at the home of the bride on February 17 in Decatur by T.B. Albert, J.P., Joseph Cassell of Florid and Mrs. Katie Chambers.

Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1883 > February > 18


Married at the bride's residence in this city, on Saturday, Feb. 17th, by Thos. B. Albert, Esq., Mr. Joseph Cassell, of Putnam county, and Miss (Mrs.) Katie Chambers of this city.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL
February 17, 1883

Joseph Cassell of Florid, Putnam county, aged 66 years and Mrs. Katie Chambers of Decatur, aged 52 years, were granted a license today to wed. This will be the third matrimonial trip for the groom and the second for the bride.

Married in the city, at the home of the bride, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1883, by Thomas B. Albert, J. P., Mr. Joseph Cassell of Florid, Putnam county, Ill., and Mrs. Katie Chambers, of Decatur, Illinois. The groom, who is a farmer, is a brother-in-law of the Justice, and a brother of B. H., Henry, Michael and John Cassell, of this city.


Florid, September 6, 1883

Joseph Cassell has well nigh completed a new dwelling house on the late vacant Livingston lots.


January 10, 1884

Joe Cassell of Florid has thrown away his coal oil lamp and burning gasoline, which he says is cheaper and gives a light equal to electric.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1884 > January > 22

Michael, B. H., Henry and John Cassell and Mrs. Thomas B. Albert left for Florid, Putnam county, this morning to visit their brother, Joseph Cassell, who is reported to be in a dying condition. The sick man is nearly 70 years of age.

Taken from the Decatur Daily Republican
January 29, 1884

Michael Cassell and Mrs. T. B. Albert returned home yesterday evening from Florid.  They left Joseph Cassell still very low.

The Putnam Record

January 31, 1884

Joseph Cassell of Florid has been very near deaths door and all of his children and many of his relatives came- expecting to see him pass away, but he took a change for the better this week and has a good chance for recovery.

February 5, 1885

Mr. Barns and James, George Hopkins and daughter Eva of Granville, Gus Cassell of Florid, Eugene Anderson, and Lad Mueller of Hennepin have gone to New Orleans to attend the Word's Fair

Florid, March 19, 1885

Ephriam Cassell has sold his land northwest of Florid to John Gallaher and has moved to Nebraska where he expects to buy a farm near his brother Calvin. His wife and three sons will start for Nebraska, March 19th and will stop at Kansas City and visit her brother for a few days.


March 17, 1887

Walter Chambers of Florid went to Niantic on Monday to attend the wedding of his cousin, Charles Dingman to Miss Ida Smith.

December 22, 1887

Invitations are out for a wedding at the home of Joseph Cassell in Florid. The contracting parties being James Chance and Alice Chambers. Judge Cassell is to provide.


Oxbow, December 27, 1887

James Chance and Miss Chambers of Cottage Hill were married last Thursday at the home of the bride. James and his brand new wife were visiting his sister and brother, Chas. Chance and Mrs. W. H. Shields on Sunday and Monday last, preparatory to their leaving for the west, as we are told they go there in a short time to grow up with the country.

Decatur Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1884 > January > 22

Squire Albert received the news of the dangerous illness of his brother-in-law, Joseph Cassell, yesterday morning, who is at his home in Putnam county.


November 20, 1890

Calvin Cassell, 51, a former resident of this county, but of late years a resident of Steele City, Nebraska came to Chicago some weeks ago to have an operation performed for the purpose of removing a sore similar to cancer but which originated from an ulcerated tooth. He stood the first operation very well, however, Wednesday of last week, word came that he was dead. Hospital officials decided that on account of some trouble with Mr. Cassell's eye, it would be neccessary to make another operation. They did this and the patient died while on the operating table. His remains were taken to Nebraska for internment. A wife and five children, survive.


March 12, 1891

Joseph Cassell, an old resident of Florid, was buried last Friday. He had been in feeble health for some time.


Thursday, Aug. 6, 1891

Miss Et Cassell of Steele City Nebraska is visiting at the Hill, also Mrs. Soda Cassell and daughter of Chicago are visting friends here about.


February 18, 1892

Mrs. James Chance (Alice Chambers) of Florid, left for Chicago with her little daughter Ethel to be treated for deafness and will spend a week or two with old friends there.

Henry Republican

Florid, January 24, 1895

Grace Cassell entertained a couple of young folks at her home Saturday evening.

Hester Hyler was the guest of her school mate, Grace Cassell from Friday until Monday.

Hennepin, February 21, 1895

William Cassell, a son of Cal Cassell of Nebraska, who escaped from an asylum last fall, was tried to Judge McNabb's court Saturday and found insane and Sherrif Downey had him locked up, waiting to hear from the authorities in Nebraska, where he came from in regard to taking him back.

Florid, December 17, 1896

Mrs. James Chance has gone to Jacksonville to visit her sick daughter. When last heard from, the sick one was improving.

Florid, April 15, 1897

Harley Hetrick and three or four young ladies spent a very pleasant evening with their friend Grace Cassell last Tuesday evening, where entertained by games and music.

Florid, May 20, 1897

Grace Cassell received a very pretty watch and chain on the night she graduated.

Florid, July 1, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter Grace left Tuesday for Oregon and California. They expect to stop at San Francisco and attend the Y.P.S.C.E. convention.

August 12, 1897

Grace Cassell and Levone Clemens were out blackberrying last Friday. Brought home nearly a bushel of berries.

When Harley Hetrick wants some good fresh butter, he gets on his wheel and goes to the Cassell ranch as Grace is conducting the dairy business this summer. It takes Grace to make good butter, so says Mrs. William Wayne.

Mrs. Samuel Clemens, Lavone Clemens, Grace Cassell and her mother were black berrying last Monday. About noon, they began putting their berries into their buggy, when to their astonishment the buggy failed to hold all so Lavone road the horse. The horse, Old Rose, beguiling one and not used to being driven and ridden at the same time made quite a breeze although no injury was done.


Thursday, Aug. 12, 1897

Walter Hermance, wife and son of Springfield, Illinois are spending a couple of weeks with Walter's mother and sister, also William R, Dingman, brother of Mrs. Kate Cassell, with his grandson are visiting Mrs. Cassell. Mr. Dingman resides in Niantic, Macon Co. and is engaged in raising Cuban bloodhounds.


Florid, September 2, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter were called on Charles Fulmer and Samuel Clemens last Saturday.

Grace Cassell attended an old hens party at the home of her friend Nettie Tutt in Granville. The party was given in behalf of Miss Hanna Cook of Wheaton who was visiting with Miss Tutt.


SEPTEMBER 15, 1898

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, returned last Wednesday from a 6 weeks visit at Putnam, Springfield, Cotton Hill, and Pawnee. Her son Walter lives at Cotton Hill, Sangomon County, and has a very nice house. His crop, especially corn, is the best he has ever raised, and being but 7 miles from Springfield, he has a good market for everything he raises.

Thursday, October 13, 1898

Florid - October 11

Miss Grace Cassell came from Ottawa Friday evening and stayed at home until Monday. She is much pleased with the school.

OCTOBER 20, 1898


P.A. Cassell attended the street fair in Ottawa last Thursday.

The Hennepin Herald

March 2, 1899 - Florid News

Miss Grace M. Cassell who was attending the Brown Business College in Ottawa came home Friday for a short visit.


Florid, March 9, 1899

Mr. and Mrs. James Chance and daughter Mabel attended the Wheeler wedding at Putnam last Wednesday.


Florid, August 10, 1899

P. A. Cassell who lives west of Florid has sold his farm to a man from Spring Valley and will go to Oregon to live.


August 24, 1899

Last Monday evening, per invitation, a number of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Cassell's friends gathered at their home near Florid, and enjoyed a watermelon feast. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell expect to go west next fall and concluded to give their friends a farewell treat. An enjoyable evening was passed.

JANUARY 3, 1900

Grace Cassell has been spending her vacation with her family and friends here.

Settled in California, Long Beach, California, February 2, 1900

Our esteemed editor,

While we feel that we have settled for an indefinite time in what is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the state of California, we must acknowledge that the Putnam Record receives the hardiest welcome of any paper that comes into our home.

We arrived in Los Angeles, California Wednesday morning, January 24. After visiting Los Angeles, Passidina, and Long Beach, it was a hard test to decide which was the most desirable place to live. Long Beach has an unsurpassed location, a level stretch of plain at the base of the most southern range of the Seirra Nevada Mountains and on the bank of the great Pacific.

The perfection of California climate is here attained and it is the magnet that draws almost every part of the civilized world, but pricipally from the cities of the est and south. a population of 15,000 health and pleasure seakers during the long summer months. Long Beach, itself, has a population of but 2,000.

It is difficult for a newcomer to remember in what month he is living when he sees every where about him, green grass, flowers in bloom, gardens at their best, and orange groves far more plentiful than apple orchards in Illinois.

During the hot summer months in Illinois, people usually hunt for the most shady place they can find, while here they seek the most sandy and sunniest places possible. While at the beach this morning, we were quite amused to see a party spread their picnic dinner out on the sand, close to the water. The weather here at present is so warm that we never think of having any fire, but are glad to open our windows and doors to let the sunshine in.

You may but put this in your paper or waste basket as you please.

Your earnest readers,
P.A. Cassell and family


Hennepin News

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, has returned from her six weeks visit to Springfield and Cottage Hill and reported the best crop of corn in that vicinity the old settlers have ever seen.

Cottage Hill, September 11, 1900

Eph Cassell and wife of Nebraska, came down from Chicago after spending a week or more during the encampment and sister Eliz. Cassell comes today and still there are more to follow


Hennepin News

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, has returned from her six weeks visit to Springfield and Cottage Hill and reported the best crop of corn in that vicinity the old settlers have ever seen.

Cottage Hill, October 2, 1900

Eph Cassell and wife left for home via Chicago last week. Also Jacob Mosely and Mrs. E. Cassell left yesterday for her home in Steele City, Nebraska.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
October 5, 1899

Mrs. James Chance and daughter Ethel of Florid, returned home from New York last Friday, both very much improved in health. They left Albany, N.Y., Thursday, the 28th, at 11 o'clock a.m., and arrived home in Florid, Friday, the 29th at 5 o'clock. The distance by rail is about 1000 miles. She reports a very pleasant visit, and was well paid for the seven weeks stay. They drank freely of the mineral water nearly every day while there. Miss Ethel returned to her school in Jacksonville Monday morning.

Wednesday, October 17, 1900

The Chance and Cassell families of Florid, certainly captured their share of premiums at the Grange and LaSalle Street Fairs, as witness the following, James Chance took first on cucumbers at the LaSalle Street Fair, $15 worth of paint. He also took sweepstakes on vegetables at Magnolia Grange Fair , making three years in succession. Mrs. Chance took several premiums on flowers, fancy work and collection of jellies. Mabel Chance, 10 years old, in the children's department, took first on taste in dressing dolls, secxond on tissue paper dressed dolls, hem stitching and outline work, also three third prizes on best collection of pennmanship drawings and map drawings, 1st of cookies and 1st on canned tomatoes. Ethel Chance took first on taste in tissue dolls, second on taste in dressing dolls, 1st of card baskets, second on cut flowers, 1st on fancy mat, and 1st of paper flowers. Mrs. Kate Cassell took 1st on best collection of oil paintings, 1st of black and white pastel, also at the LaSalle Street Fair, she took 1st prize on white corn, a new home sewing machine. 2nd on cucumbers, $2 lamp.

Cottage Hill, September 16, 1902

James Chance, who has been in Louisianna the past year, is visiting relatives and friends in Putnam County.

Cottage Hill, November 17, 1902

James Chance has moved his family from Beardstown to Sadie Chance's tenent house.


August 20, 1903

Mr. and Mrs. Herron (nee Grace Cassell) and babe of California are visiting relatives and friends in this vicinity.



Mrs. Sarah M. Cassell, under date of December 19, 1904, P.A. Cassell writes us from Pomona, California of the death of his wife Mrs. Cassell. Mrs. Cassell was a daughter of Paul Cramer and after her marriage to P.A. Cassell, lives just west of Florid. Mr. Cassell send us the following clipping from his home paper.

Mrs. Sarah M. Cassell , wife of P.A. Cassell of Long Beach, California, died at Elsinore on December 12, at the age of 60 years. The remains were brought to Pomona yesterday and funeral sevices will be conducted by Reverend T.H. Cornish from the Baptist Church, corner of 4th and Elm Streets and 2:00 on Friday afternoon, December 16. Mrs. Cassell leaves a husband and one daughter, Mrs. G.M. Herron of Pomona.

Front Page, Wednesday, August 24, 1906

The Alleman Reunion

The following account of the Alleman Reunion at Tonica was written and sent to us by one who was there. At the residence of Benjamin Alleman, Tonica, Illinois on August 20, 1906, was an occasion long to be remembered by those in attendance. It occurred on the 63rd birthday anniversary of Mrs. Alleman. There were 71 relatives present. All of Mr. and Mrs. Alleman's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren except Mrs. Sache and her daughter of Chicago were present. There were sisters, nephews, nieces and grand nieces from the west in attendance as follows: Mrs. Elizabeth Wengert of Kansas City, Mrs. Rebecca Kreider of Earlton, Kansas, Mrs. Sadie Cassell of Republican City, Nebraska, R.A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman and Eva Alleman of Kansas city; James Shepard and wife and J. A. Alleman of Earlton, Kansas and Mrs. Will Williams of St. Paul, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Alleman and their children took special pains to entertain their western relatives. They were driven from place to place in carriages and feasted on the fat of the land. Many beautiful presents were presented to Mrs. Alleman in remembrance of her birthday. Several snapshots of those in attendance by photographers were taken to be used as souvenirs of the occasion. Mrs. Eph Cassell of Republican City, Nebraska, Mrs. Kate Williams of St. Paul, Kansas, J. A. Alleman and wife and James Shepard and wife of Earlton Kansas, R. A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman, and Eva Alleman of Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Rebecca Kreider of Earlton Kansas and Elizabeth Wengert of Kansas City, Missouri have been visiting H. P. Alleman and other relatives and old acquaintances in Putnam and LaSalle Counties. Mrs. Cassell, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Shepard, R. A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman and J. A. Alleman are sisters and brothers of H. P. Alleman.

These brothers and sisters seldom gather so the meeting was a very pleasant one. Putnam County was the home of their childhood and they enjoyed visiting old landmarks. They have all departed for their homes having declared themselves well pleased with their visit.


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

Cottage Hill, September 18, 1907

Eph Cassell has returned to his home in Republican City, Nebraska after spending a very pleasant time with relatives in Putnam and LaSalle Counties.

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