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Cass COUNTY HISTORY
Cass County is
located in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat
The county was organized in 1835 as Van Buren County
but was renamed in 1849 after U.S. Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan who
later became a presidential candidate.
The first American settler on the site of modern Harrisonville was
James Lackey in 1830. Other early settlers were Humphrey Hunt, John Blythe
and Dr. Joseph Hudspeth. Lackey was considered a "squatter," as he built a
cabin and enclosed a small field on the tract of public land taken for
county seat purposes.
The site of the town was fixed under an act of the Missouri General
Assembly in 1835, by David Waldo of Lafayette County and Samual Hink and
William Brown, both of Jackson County. In the same year, the first court
met for the county, known as Van Buren County. The Justices James
McClellan and William Savage met in McClellan's residence about three
miles southeast of Peculiar on September 14, 1835. William Lyon was
appointed clerk of the court and county government was organized,
including the establishment of Grand River Township.
CASS COUNTY DATA
Poll Books for Pleasant Hill Precinct
Births: Births and Still
Births 1883 to 1903 Page Two added
All of the above transcribed
by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team
News-General: William Simmons almost wins corn contest; Mr.
News-Crimes-Bates Soper arrested for
Births- Births and Still
births 1883-1903, transcribed by GT Transcription
Obits-Nancy J. Cook, by GT Transcription