Biography of James W. Cass
Imperial County, CA Biographies





JAMES W. CASS has gained distinction in the Valley owing to his mechanical skill and ability in handling automobile repair work. He is a native son and his birth occurred in Stockton, March 8, 1886, son of Charles L. and Lenie (Stevens) Cass, deceased. His father died in Stockton, May, 1917, and is buried in Stockton. His mother died February 18, 1907, and was buried in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery in San Francisco, California. James W. acquired his education in the public schools. He started out in life at an early age. He engaged in the express and draying business in Vallejo, and in San Francisco, and followed this vocation for two years. He engaged in the tea and coffee business for a time, and at the age of twenty one he learned the automobile trade, which he has since followed. In 1912, Mr. Cass came to Imperial Valley out of curiosity. He did not intend to remain, but seeing the possibilities, he opened his present concern, which is the largest in the city. Owing to his expert mechanical skill, his business grew to such an extent he had to eliminate the selling of gasoline and changing tires. Mr. Cass has employed as high as eight first class mechanics. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Lodge of Imperial. In politics he votes for the man, irrespective of party. He was married in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 1908, to Miss Ethel Bell Chamberlain, daughter of Riley Chamberlain, a prominent actor in the east ; his death occurred in 1916. Mr. and Mrs. Cass have four children: Marjorie E., born February 18, 1912; Jennie C., born November I, 1914; Halbert S., born March 3o, 1916, and Rena, born August to, 1917. Mr. Cass has a vast amount of energy and enterprise and has a host of friends both in business and socially.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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