Decatur County Journal
Thursday, August l, l9l8
On the morning of July 22nd, the children of WILLIAM R. CASH surprised him by marching into the old home on Grand River with well filled baskets. There were present WINFIELD CASH and wife, J.G. SPRINGER and wife, G.A. MEEK, wife and daughter, all of Leon, B.M. RUSSELL, wife and children, of Lamoni, F.W. CASH, wife and children, of Kellerton, DR. WM. H. CASH, wife and children of Lenox, MRS. ISABELLE TAYLOR, son and daughter, and JOHN A. CASH. The only child not present being HON. J.R. CASH, of Bonesteel, S.D., who was kept away by urgent war work. There was present also his only living sister, LOTTA, and her husband, JOHN SELLERS.
A suitable table having been improvised under a large elm tree in the yard, the whole company of thirty--children, grandchildren and relatives, sat down together to enjoy the bounteous dinner.
MR. CASH, although eighty-eight is able to get around quite easily and help with the gardening and chores and takes a keen interest in everything and especially the progress of the war. MR. CASH has been a resident of this county for seventy-three years, having come here in l845, when fifteen years of age, and with his father, ELI CASH, settled on the place which is still his home. He has watched the country develop from a wilderness and home of the Indian to its present state. He has seen the transition of dropping corn by hand and covering with the hoe to plating with the modern check-row planter. He has seen the sickle and cradle superceded by the mower and self binder, the single shovel by the riding cultivator, the ox team by the automobile, the dip lamp by the electric light. He has seen the introduction of the washing machine, the sewing machine, the telephone and telegraph and the mighty railroad. He has a wonderful store of memories of the early days of the county and state and reads with interest the items of "Fifty Years Ago," having been a reader of the Journal since its first issue.
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April 9, 2002