Biography of G. A. Cassel
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G. A. Cassel is a highly successful business man and representative citizen of Ashland, where he is identified with the firm of Cassel & Hartsel, clothiers and dealers in men's and boys' furnishings. He was born in Orange Township, Ashland County, Nov. 24, 1867, the son of George and Leah (Shopbell) Cassel.

George Cassel, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born on a farm in Orange Township, Ashland County, and received his education in the district schools. Throughout the Civil War he served as a member of the 101st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He engaged in general farming in Orange Township until 1903, and at that time retired and removed to Ashland. Mr. Cassel died in 1921, and is buried in Ashland Cemetery. His widow still lives in this city and is 84 years old. Mr. Cassel was a Republican and a devout member of the Lutheran Church. There were five children in the Cassel family: 1. William, who died in 1910. 2. G. A., the subject of this sketch. 3. E. T., lives at Ashland. 4. Kate, married G. M. Hiner, lives at Ashland. 5. May, married T. C. Reaser, lives at Ashland.

G. A. Cassel received his education in the district schools of Orange Township, and is a graduate of Savannah Academy. He subsequently attended Ada College, from which he was graduated in 1888 in the commercial and scientific course. He won the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1900 and following his graduation engaged in teaching for two years in his home district. Mr. Cassel followed general farming until 1907 and was also interested in the insurance business. In that year he retired from farming and devoted his entire time to insurance, as general agent for the German Baptist Farm Insurance Company. Mr. Cassel maintained offices in Ashland. Since 1916 he has engaged in the mercantile business, being originally a member of the firm of Cassel & Stone. In 1920 C. L. D. Hartsel became a partner in the business, which continued as such until March 1, 1928, at which time Mr. Stone disposed of his interest in the business, which is located on West Main Street. Mr. Cassel is also a director of the Ashland Bank & Savings Company.

On December 6, 1894, Mr. Cassel married Miss Clara L. Stone, of Ashland, the daughter of Isaac and Margaret (Harris) Stone. Mr. Stone died in 1927 and his wife died during the same year. Both are buried in Ashland Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Cassel have no children.

Mr. Cassel is a Democrat and has held numerous public offices, having served as clerk of Orange Township for 20 years, and as clerk of the Orange Township school board and Orange Township board of health. He is an active member of the Church of the Brethren, and in 1924 was a state delegate to the World's Sunday School Convention held at Glasgow, Scotland. He has been president and secretary of the Ohio Council of Religious Education in Ashland County for the past 25 years, and has also been a member of the State of Ohio Council of Religious Education for 21 years. He holds membership in the National Committee of Men's work of the Church of the Brethren of the General Brotherhood and also a member of Personal Evangelism of America and is also on the Advisory Board of the General Mission Board, in which capacity he has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He has always been active in Y. M. C. A. work in Ashland, and has served for three terms as president of the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Rotary Club.

Mr. Cassel is the owner of a 40 acre farm in Rio Grande Valley in Texas, 15 acres of which are devoted to the growing of grape fruit and oranges.

The mother of G. A. Cassel, Leah Shopbell Cassel, was born in Ashland County April 2, 1847, daughter of Jacob and Lydia Ann (Zigler) Shopbell, both natives of Berks County, Pa., from whence they came to Ashland County, Ohio in 1833. Daniel Shopbell, grandfather of Mrs. Cassel, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was a son of Eberhart Shopbell who reached the venerable age of 104 years and who was in France during the time of the persecution of the Huguenots and saw his father and mother beheaded. He with eight others escaped in a small boat and were later picked up at sea by a vessel which brought them to America. Jacob Shopbell, father of Mrs. Cassel and grandfather of the subject of this sketch was a veteran of the war of 1812 and lived to the age of 96 years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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