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Peter Cassel

Peter Cassel II, son of C. J. and Ullrica Cassel, was born in Madrid, July 9, 1859. He assisted his father on the family farm, and various enterprises. He and his brother, John, worked in a Leadville, Colorado silver mine for a time to help his father "get back on his feet." He married Elizabeth (Libby) Hopkins September 3, 1890. His initial business experience was gained in a general mercantile store. Later, he worked in a drug store, where he acquired a knowledge of pharmacy, and thereafter formed a Madrid drugstore partnership with Dr. Q. A. Sturgeon, under the name Cassel and Sturgeon. Dr. Sturgeon's interest was subsequently sold to F. H. Graves, and then to W. J. Jenkins. By 1906, the firm was advertised "Jenkins and Cassel, Family Druggists, Johnson Block, Drugs, Chemicals, Oils, Paint, Varnish, Putty, etc., Physicians' Prescriptions Carefully Compounded." This partnership continued for some 20-some years, until Mr. Cassel was bought out by Mr. Jenkins.

Thereafter, Mr. Cassel was in a general mercantile partnership for one to two years, with Edwin Carson, of Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Cassel was one of the organizers and stockholders of the Madrid State Bank prior to its reorganization as the City State Bank, serving as Vice- President. He was a stockholder and vice president of the Peoples Telephone Company for many years prior to its sale to the Iowa State Telephone Company. Mr. Cassel served on the Madrid City Council for many years. He was a Mason, and a member of the Methodist Church. He passed away January 25, 1931, shortly after entering the Eastern Star Home in Boone, and he is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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