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Cass County is located in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat is Harrisonville.
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.

Cities and Towns in Cass County
Archie, Belton, Cleveland, Creighton, Drexel, East Lynne
Freeman, Garden City, Harrisonville (county seat), Kansas City, Lake Annette, Lake Winnebago, Lee's Summitt, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Strasburg


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Website Updates
February 2018
News-Crimes: Mr. Niles boot shop robbed
News-Marriages: Basinger-Webster
News-Deaths-W.J. Chandler; Sarah  Dryden;
News-Moving In and Out: Geo. Marchand
News-Accidents & Tragedies: Benj Morris house on fire

August 2017:
Government-1885 Poll Books for Pleasant Hill Precinct
Births: Births and Still Births 1883 to 1903 Page Two added
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