Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
James Oren, of Cassopolis, came to the county April 11, 1848, and is, therefore, an eleventh hour pioneer, according
to the rules of the Pioneer Society. He was born in Clinton County, Ohio, January 29, 1825. In the winter of 1848-49,
he taught school in what was called the brick schoolhouse, two and a half miles south of Cassopolis, and for five
or six years following he continued to teach during the winters in the schools of Calvin Township. He soon afterward
made an unfortunate investment in a mill property. In the fall of 1851, he married Angeline Osborn, daughter of
Josiah and Mary Osborn. Both were at the time members of the Society of Friends; but, being married by a Baptist
minister, contrary to the discipline of the church, they were disowned and deprived of the privilege of membership.
Their sympathies, however, remained with the Quakers, and the policy of the society being changed in some respects,
they were, nearly twenty years afterward, invited and welcomed back into the church. One son, James Albert Oren,
was the offspring of their union. After his marriage, Mr. Oren settled in Calvin and cleared up a fine farm. FIe
was quite prominently identified with the affairs of the township being several times elected to the offices of
School Inspector Clerk and Supervisor. Both his son and wife died in 1873, the former upon June 30 and the latter
on August 23. Not long after these sad occurrences, Mr, Oren removed to Cassopolis, and, a year later, married
Sarah, widow of Charles Kingsbury and daughter of John Miller.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.