Biography of Robert Cassiday

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We have had occasion to mention the subject of this sketch several times in connection with the early history of this township and Berrien County. Thinking that his many friends might be pleased with an account of his personal career, we give a brief sketch of his life.

Robert Cassiday came to this State from Northern Ohio as early as the fall of 1829; spent that winter in St. Joseph County, where the village of Constantine now stands, and manufactured from a bowlder the first pair of millstones that ever ground wheat or corn in St. Joseph County. Subsequently, in the year 1832, moved to Berrien County, and in the year 1834 he married Sabrina Park, of Geauga Co., Ohio, and settled in Niles, where he continued to reside until 1854, when he moved to his present farm, where he has since lived.

Mr. Cassiday is one of the few men who has seen a half century pass since first coming to the State of Michigan, and one of the very few living, of whom there will soon be none, who came into Western Michigan before 1830. The remembrance of a people prosperous and enjoying a high state of civilization is due to those who bore the burden and toil of its early settlement.


FROM:
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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