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Orla Samuel Casad
1846 - 1928

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Orla Samuel Casad was born in Trenton, Clinton Co., IL on January 30, 1846 the son of John Milton Casad and Elizabeth Ann Moore . He enlisted as a private on May 5, 1862 in Company B, 62nd Illinois Infantry and was promoted to Full Corporal during his service. He fought at the battles of Boleres Leru, Holly Springs and Little Rock, AR where he claimed he was the first Union soldier to enter the town after the battle. His twin brother Charles enlisted in Co. E, 2nd Illinois Cavalry and was killed on March 28, 1862 at Paducah, Kentucky. Orla was mustered out on May 7, 1865. He graduated with a law degree from McKendree College in Lebanon, IL in 1876 and married Allie Mary Babcock on September 20, 1876 in Summerfield, Illinois. She was born July 22, 1853 in Taylorville, NY to William Babcock and Martha Ann Wood. Soon after his marriage, he moved to Mesilla, New Mexico, leaving his family in Illinois, where he helped run a local newspaper and became a member of the Territorial Militia of New Mexico serving as a scout for Col. W. L. Rynerson during the Victoria Apache Indian War of 1879-1880. O. S. Casad and his family came to Kansas about 1880, settling in the Beulah area. He moved to Pittsburg in 1885. From the very start he became active in the civic life of Pittsburg. He was the superintendent for the East Pittsburg schools in 1885. East Pittsburg was a small settlement east of 4th street bounded by Rouse Street on the west, Water Street on the east, 6th Street on the north and 3rd Street on the south. It became part of Pittsburg in the 1890’s. Casad served as city clerk under Mayor Robert E. Carlton in 1886 and appointed postmaster from 1890-1894. In 1886, he was the first publicly elected Pittsbug Justice of the Peace. He held that office until his death. In 1911 he was appointed city Police Judge. Orla also held memberships in the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America. Orla Samuel Casad died at his home on May 24, 1928. Allie died in 1933 and both are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg.

Plan Military Rites For Judge O. S. Casad - Funeral of Civil War Veteran
Pioneer Will Be 3 P.M. Sunday - End Comes After Tenacious Battle For Life
Career Included Editor, Teacher, Postmaster and Patriot.

A military funeral for O. S. Casad, 82 years old, Civil War veteran who died at his home at 208 West Ninth Street at 4:42 o’clock yesterday afternoon, is being planned by the veterans organizations of Pittsburg. The services will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, with Rev. W. R. McCormack in charge. Members of General Russell post of the G. A. R. accompanied by the Spanish-American War veterans will act as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers will be J. B. Towner, M. L. Clements, F. D. Barker, Judge L. M. Resler, George Kidder and E. P. Wilson. The body will be taken to the cemetery from the church on a gun carriage drawn by two teams of horses, according to plans being made. The carriage probably will be brought to Pittsburg from Fort Scott. The firing squad of the American Legion of eight members will act as escort, and two other members will be on the horses. The few remaining G. A. R. veterans able to attend the services will follow immediately behind the carriage in cars. Hold Masonic Service The first part of the rites at the cemetery will be the ritualist service of the Masonic lodge. The legion firing squad will give the salute at the close. Judge Casad was able to recognize his immediate relatives at the bedside to the last yesterday as life slowly ebbed away. The Civil War veteran had made a long fight against losing odds, rallying several times during the past few weeks when his physician and family had given up hope for recovery. His condition as so weakened by his struggle, however, that he was able to make only a temporary recovery. Mr. Casad first became seriously ill April 3, and since that time had been unable to leave his room. He rallied several times after critical periods, and until the past few days had been able to sit in a chair and converse with friends. He became seriously ill Saturday, and Sunday hope was abandoned. The slight recovery Monday was only temporary, and his condition became gradually weaker. Despite his greatly weakened condition, Mr. Casad sent word to the American Legion post several days ago the he intended to be at the head of the Memorial Day parade.

Born in Illinois

Mr. Casad was born Jan. 31, 1846, in Clinton County, Illinois, where he spent his early life on a farm. He was only sixteen years old at the outbreak of the Civil War, but he enlisted in the 62nd Illinois Infantry under General U. S. Grant. Most of his service was in Arkansas and in the lower Mississippi sector. He participated in the engagements at Clarendon, Beauyo Metea, Ark, and the capture of Little Rock. His later engagements were fought under Major General Steele. Mr. Casad received his discharge in 1865 after three years service. He entered McKandree College at Lebanon, Ill., and worked his way through school. He taught for six years, and in 1876 was admitted to the bar. He later moved to Mesilla, N. M., where he practiced in the federal court and conducted a newspaper. He was a pioneer editor in the territory.
Mr. Casad was married Sept. 20, 1876, to Miss Allie Babcock, at Summerfield, Ill.

To Kansas in 1880

The couple came to Kansas in 1880 and settled at Beulah. Mr. Casad taught school however at Cherokee. He later moved to Opolis and in 1885 came to Pittsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Casad made their residence n the site of the present home after their arrival here, and had lived there more than 40 years. Their present home was built slightly less than 30 years ago, after their first home had been moved from the lot. Mr. Casad taught in the East Pittsburg school for several years, and later practiced law and a real estate and insurance business. He became postmaster in 1890, and served until 1894. He was captain of the first regiment of the Kansas national guard from 1891 to 1896. In 1898 he became the first and only mounted letter carrier in Pittsburg, taking mail to the outlying districts of the city. The veteran served at different times as police judge, city clerk and justice of the peace. He retired from the last position three years ago, when the city court was established. He had not been in active public life since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Casad celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1926. Mr. Casad was prominent in G. A. R. and political circles throughout the state. He was a speaker for the Republican national committee during several campaigns, and had traveled in all parts of Kansas.

Into G. A. R. in 1882

His first membership in the G. A. R. was in 1882, when he joined Shiloh post at Cherokee. He later transferred to the Pittsburg post, in which he has served many years as post adjutant and several terms as commander. Last year he was elected state senior vice commander, and was in line as commander this year. He was unable to be places as a candidate at the state meeting last week, however on account of his illness. Mr. Casad was an active member of the Methodist church, the Masonic lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America. He was the first president of the men’s bible class at the Methodist church. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Allie Babcock Casad; four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Larkin of the home; Mrs. A. G. Hazen, 414 West Eighth Street; Mrs. F. A. Palmer of Joplin and Mrs. Charles Smith, Shreveport, La; and nine grandchildren, A. C. Hazen, Shreveport; Mrs. Ethel Clark; Joplin; James Hazen, Pittsburg and Patricia Palmer, Paul Palmer, Parker Palmer and Anna Palmer, all of Joplin and a great-grandchild, William Alfred Hazen, Richmond, VA. All the children except Mrs. Palmer were at the bedside at the time of death. Pittsburg Headlight, Friday Evening, May 25, 1928, p. 6, col. 3-4

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Father: John Milton Casad born 15 Oct 1817 in Fairfield, Butler Co., NJ and died 27 July 1864 at Summerfield, St. Clair Co., IL. He married Elizabeth Anne Moore, 21 Dec 1841 in St. Clair Co., IL. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois. Parents: Anthony Wayne Casad and Anna Stites.
Mother: Elizabeth Ann Moore born 17 Feb 1817 in Clinton Co., IL and died 10 Jan 1903 at Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas. She is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas

Children of John Milton Casad and Elizabeth Ann Moore:
1. Edgar F. born 1842 in Illinois and died 28 Nov 1925 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas. He is buried next to his mother and sister, Anne Laura in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. He never married.
2. Orla Samuel (twin) born 30 Jan 1846 and died 24 May 1928. (See Above)
3. Charles Calamie (twin) born 30 Jan 1846 in Illinois and died 28 March 1862 at Paducah, Kentucky during the Civil War. He was a member of Co. E, 2nd Illinois Cavalry. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois
4. Mary Alice born 227 Mar 1848 and died 15 Oct 1856 in St. Clair Co, IL. She is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois
5. Anthony Wayne born in 31 Mar 1851 and died 5 Seept 1852 in St. Clair Co, IL. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois
6. Anne Laura born 1852 in Illinois and died 22 Jan 1929 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas. She is buried with her mother and brother, Edgar in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas. She never married.
7. Herbert born 7 April 1853 and died 17 Nov 1860 in St. Clair Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois.
8. W. S. born 14 July 1854 and died 7 Mar 1855 in St. Clair Co, IL. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois
9. Cassie M. born 9 Dec 1858 and died 10 Feb 1962 in St. Clair Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Summerfield Cemetery in St. Clair Co., Illinois.

Children of Orla Samuel Casad and Allie Mary Babcock:
1. Ethel Esther born 5 Dec 1877 in Illinois and died 30 Oct 1971 in Kansas. She married in 1900, James F. Larkin born about 1878 in Illinois and died in 1919. He worked for the Kansas City Southern Railroad for many years. They had no children.
2. Allie Lenora born 2 April 1881 at Beulah, Crawford
Co., Kansas. She married Alfred G. Hazen born about 1877 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas. They had the following children: Alfred C., Ethel L. and James.
3. Orlena Fay born in 20 July 1889 at Beulah, Crawford Co., Kansas. She married Fred A. Palmer. They had the following children: Patricia Orle', Paul (Phil), Parker, Anna (Ann), John, Mary and Orlena Fern (Peggy).
4. Marguerite Finch born 24 Nov 1895 at Beulah, Crawford Co., Kansas and died 12 July 1896 at Beulah, Crawford Co., Kansas.
5. Josephine Mildred born 23 Aug 1897 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co, Kansas. She married Charles E. Smith.

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"My Great Grandfather, Orla S. Casad, loved to eat! He always insisted that every Sunday, regardless of how many in the family were present, that the Dinner Table be set for twelve! My Great Grandmother, Allie M. (Babcock) Casad, was a fabulous cook, and Orla would go out around town and invite anyone he ran into who was away from home to Dinner. All the men in town worked for the Railroad, and Sunday Dinner was where my Grandmother, Orlena Fay Casad, first met Fred Palmer, a Brakeman and Conductor on the Southern Pacific Railroad, who became her Husband. Sunday Dinner was also where Ethel Casad, aka Aunt Kiki (pronounced kick-kee), first met her future Husband, James F. Larkin. Talk about an ingenious way to get your Daughters married off!
Every Sunday Dinner was a truly sumptuous affair, with anywhere from six to ten courses being served. Great Grandfather Orla S. Casad insisted that everyone present eat every single course, including dessert, and when he would get full he wasn't adverse to excusing himself from the table to purge, and then he would return and continue eating. (As in the days of Ancient Rome, purging between large numbers of courses wasn't considered dangerous or out of the ordinary at that time - approximately 1890-1920).
Great Grandmother Allie cooked all the time, and everything was from scratch. She kept a big black Cookbook which gave all instructions for mixing, etc., in terms of number of "strokes," and when she emptied a mixing bowl, much to the dismay of the children, there wasn't anything left to "Lick the Bowl," as they say. All the girls in the family were taught to cook from very early on, and I learned to cook and bake and make homemade candy from that very same Cookbook! Really wish I had it now.
Allie M. Babcock Casad was also a Medical Doctor and Midwife.(No actual proof has been found that she went to medical school or was a licensed doctor, but in those days it wasn't uncommon for women who were midwife's to also be called a doctor and use their own "home-made" remedies.) She kept a large glass doored Cabinet upstairs which was full of herbs, medicines, etc., which was kept locked and was strictly "off limits" to the children. She kept her Medical Bag locked in the Cabinet also, and it wasn't uncommon for her to have to rush out to assist a Birthing or medical emergency. When that happened the Girls, regardless of age, had to take over in the Kitchen until Allie returned."
- story submitted by Madame Joanne Phelps, great-granddaughter of Orla Samuel Casad


Orla Samuel Casad - mid 1880's
photo courtesy: Leila Schutz - great grandaughter

Allie Mary (Babcock) Casad - mid 1880's
photo courtesy: Leila Schutz - great grandaughter


John Milton Casad
15 Oct 1817 - 27 July 1864
Father of Orla Samuel Casad
Summerfield Cemetery - St. Clair Co., Illinois

Elizabeth Ann (Moore) Casad
17 Feb 1817 - 10 Jan 1903
Mother of Orla Samuel Casad

Edgar F. Casad
1842 - 28 Nov 1925
Brother of Orla Samuel Casad

Anna Laura Casad
1852 - 22 Jan 1929
Sister of Orla Samuel Casad
Maple Grove Cemetery - Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS


Herbert Casad
7 April 1853 - 17 Nov 1860
Brother of Orla Samuel Casad
Summerfield Cemetery - St. Clair Co., Illinois

Casius M. Casad
9 Dec 1858 - 10 Feb 1862
Brother of Orla Samuel Casad
Summerfield Cemetery - St. Clair Co., Illinois

        updated June 30, 2008