Columns of Will Ball
The Oldest Person In Cass County
The Logansport Journal, March 12, 1907
The Journal’s query, “who is the oldest person in the
county?” is being met with many and prompt responses.
Mrs. David Barnett is named as one and she numbers 76 years
to her age. Two other claimants are
Booth Burnett, 73, and Elizabeth McMillan, also 73 years of age.
Walton comes up with a patriarch in the person of David
Engler, born Dec. 9, 1816 and 91 years of age.
Logansport comes up with one, not so old but still a pioneer
in the person of Allan Richardson, who was born in Ohio 76 years ago. At present the aged man is seriously
ill. He is a retired capitalist.
There are two other brothers, W.S. Richardson, 69 years old
next April, and Dick Richardson, 81, next May.
All are sons of Thomas Richardson, who located here in 1831.
Clinton Township has two claimants in the person of Jonathan
Shideler, born in 1824 and located here in 1832 and Mrs. Zach Cragun, who also
came here in 1832.
The Logansport Journal, March 14, 1907
The names of Cass County pioneers continue to pour in. Yesterday it was learned that Sarah Grimes
settled in Cass County in 1834 and she is enjoying good health now although
well past her 88th birthday.
David Flory, Miami Township, is 87 years of age and Sarah
Flory is 84.
The town of Lincoln comes up with an imposing array of
pioneers speaking eloquently of the town and the healthy climate there. The combined ages of the 15 Lincoln pioneers
aggregate 1107 years. They are:
Elijah Elkins, aged 73, lived in Lincoln 24 years
Dr. D.C. Burnett, aged 68
Peter B. Frush, 80, has lived in Jackson Twp. over forty
Henry Stafford, 71
Julia A. Stafford, 66
Sarah Stoner, 66
Samuel Stoner, 69]
Cynthia A. Howard, 80
Margaret Rickle (or Bickle), 74
Hannah Roach, 75
Barbara Graff, 73
Lydia A. Baker, 81
Ezra Dorsey, 78
Isaiah Countryman, 79
Sarah Countryman, 74
Logansport Journal, March 16, 1907
Although there are scores in Logansport and Cass County who
are nearing the century mark, a centenarian is yet to be found.
Mrs. Nancy Booth, of this city, claims the double
distinction of being the oldest inhabitant and the oldest resident of the
county. She was born in Virginia on July
23, 1815 and came to Logansport in 1830.
She will thus be 92 years old in July and will have lived in the county
77 years. She came here with her mother,
Mrs. Caldwell, and was married here to Dehart Booth, in 1832, who came to
Logansport in 1828 and died in 1885.
B.W. Booth, their son, claims to be the oldest living person born in the
county. He was born on North Street,
near Fourth, on Nov. 11, 1833.
Gillis McBean, the first white child born in the county, was
born near what is now the town of Walton in 1828. He is still living and his home is in
Oregon. W.E. Haney was born at Lewisburg
in 1837. Frank Harwood came to Indiana
in 1840 and to Logansport in 1844.
William Douglas and wife aggregate 166 years. He was born in Miami County, Ohio on Aug. 4,
1815 (or 1816, hard to read) and is eight days younger than Mrs. Booth. He will be 92 on his next birthday. He came to Logansport April 3, 1832 and has
lived in the county 75 years. He claims
to be the only man living in the state whose father knew Washington
personally. He engaged in the fur trade
in the early days and was connected with a Detroit fur house for 21 years. He was married first in Indianapolis 70 years
ago today and in 1883 he married Mrs. Jacob Neff of this city. The present Mrs. Douglas was born in 1832 and
came to Logansport in 1849. She married
Jacob Neff in 1852.
Other aged ones are Michael Shuey, Clinton Twp., who was
born in 1826 and came to Cass County in 1835; Christ Best, Clinton Twp., is 94
and came to this county in 1832.
Mary Spencer, Clay Twp., is 93 and came to Cass County in
Nelson B. Scott, Clay Twp., was born in 1835 in the very
township where he now resides. His
father and mother moved on the John Gerard farm in 1826.
Logansport Journal, April 9, 1907
The old settlers of Cass County are still laying claim to
the palm of being the oldest person in the county:
William A. Hilton, born at Bellefontaine, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1832
and came to Delaware County, Indiana with his parents in 1837 and to Cass
County three years later. They settled
on the Isaac Watts farm west of the city.
Mrs. Mary Atwood, Clinton Twp., is 82 years of age and Mary
Eyman is 81. She came to this city in
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