James A. Cashman has met with gratifying success as an agriculturist and now owns two hundred acres of excellent
land on section 13, Pilot township. He was born in La Salle, Illinois, on the 17th of October, 1851, a son of Isaac.
F. and Sarah (Clark) Cashman. The parents removed from Indiana to Illinois and were married in the latter state
about two years after arriving there. The father engaged in farming in Bureau county, Illinois, until 1866, when
he removed with his family to Iowa county, Iowa, locating on section 14, Pilot township, where he bought one hundred
and eighty acres of land. Subsequently he and our subject purchased in partnership the farm which the latter now
owns, having bought his father's interest many years ago. In 1885 Isaac F. Cashman retired from active life and
removed to Williamsburg, where he was living when he passed away on the 17th of July, 1891, at the age of sixty
five years. He became identified with the Masonic order while living in Princeton, Illinois, and after removing
to Iowa county helped to organize the Millersburg lodge and later the Williamsburg lodge. His political allegiance
was given to the republican party and he served in various township offices. He was one of the most prominent citizens
of his part of the county and his demise was sincerely mourned by many. His widow survived until. January 1, 1901,
dying in her seventy ninth year.
James A. Cashman attended the district schools and as soon as he was old enough assisted his father with the farm
work, plowing when he was but nine years of age. He was the only son in the family and when a young man of twenty
four years assumed charge of the operation of the eighty acres which he and his father owned in partnership. He
also found time, however, to help with the work of the homestead. He is a practical agriculturist and at the same
time is up to date and progressive, being willing to utilize the results of investigators whenever it is feasible
to do so, and he has gained financial independence. He owns two hundred acres of land in one body and is one of
the most prosperous farmers of Pilot township.
In 1879 Mr. Cashman was united in marriage to Miss Emeranda Ferguson, of Pilot township. Her father, Calvin A.
Ferguson, emigrated from Canada to Iowa county, Iowa, in 1861 and the following year located in Pilot township,
where he resided until 1878, when he removed to Woodbury county, where both he and his wife died.
Mr. and Mrs. Cashman have become the parents of ten children, eight of whom are living, namely: Dr. Chester F.,
a successful physician of Kinross, Iowa; Bertha E., who married Christian M. Kelling, of Hilton township, this
county; Alonzo A., who is living in Saskatchewan, Canada; Jessie A., who gave her hand in marriage to Charles W.
Correll, of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Lela E., now Mrs. G. F. Eggert, of Filot township, this county; Letha
A., who married Ernest Eggert, of Lincoln township; and Lillian and Edgar M., both at home.
Mr. Cashman is a republican and has been elected to a number of local offices, his fellow citizens thus giving
expression to their confidence in his ability and integrity. Fraternally he is a member of Stellapolis Lodge, No.
391, A. F. & A. M., of Williamsburg, which he and his father were active in organizing, as they had previously
joined the lodge at Millersburg. Dr. Chester F. Cashman and Alonzo A. Cashman, sons of our subject, are also members
of Stellapolis lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Cashman and their son and daughter who are still at home all belong to the local
Methodist Protestant church and take an active part in furthering its work. Our subject is rightly considered one
of the foremost men of his township and no movement for the public welfare lacks his hearty cooperation.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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