Cerro Gordo County

Mrs. Mary Jean Cassady


Mary Jean Cassaday Stationed in India

Mary Jean Cassady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Crowell, 126 15th N.W. has arrived in India to serve the armed forces as an American Red Cross staff assistant.

Until her overseas assignment, Mrs. Cassaday was a volunteer for the Red Cross Pikes Peak chapter and at the war recreation center canteen, both in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mrs. Cassaday's husband, Capt. Charles Cassaday was killed over Germany in June, 1944. She entered the Red Cross last February.

Mrs. Cassaday is a graduate of the Mason City high school and Iowa State Teachers college and attended Grinnell college.

According to the SAF Salaam a publication of the American Red Cross in China, India and Burma, Mrs. Cassaday was one of 78 new arrival sin the China, India and Burma theater.

Miss Bee Lynch, who is a Red Cross club director in India, writes of having met Mrs. Cassady. "She came over and assigned to one of our clubs for about one hour and then was loaned to the EPU, Melvyn Douglas' outfit. I heard her sing at a party not too long ago and she was very good and well received."

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 22, 1945 (photo included)