Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, February l3, l9l9
WILLIAM REED CASH, second son of ELI and VIOLET GAY CASH, was born in Perry County, Kentucky, July 22, l830, and died at his home near Decatur, Iowa, February 2, l9l9, aged 88 years, 6 months and ll days.
MR. CASH's parents were southern bred, his father grew to manhood in North Carolina, his mother was born and reared in Kentucky; here his parents were married and here in a beautiful sunlit southern valley, WILLIAM and his three brothers, HENRY, WYLY and JOSEPH, spent their early childhood days.When a young boy, his parents removed with their family to Missouri, making the journey by the way of flatboat to Louisville, then by manboat, down the Ohio and up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, landing at Brunswick.
>From there they went overland to Daviess County.Here his two sisters, JANE and CHARLOT, were born, and here his mother was taken from them by death.
In l845, they came to Decatur County, Iowa, where the father took up a claim, which afterwards was entered from the government, by WILIAM.There were at that time only five families in Burrell Township.They had been but a short time in their new home when death vivisted them and took away their father leaving the family alone in the wilderness, under the care of WILLIAM who was then a lad of l8 years.The privations and hardships of these pioneer families cannot even be imagined by the people of today.
In July, l855, he was married to ELIZABETH MCGLAUGHLIN, whose companionship he was permitted to enjoy but a few short months, when death took her from him.July 26, l857, he married LYDIA M. STARKEY.To this union were born nine children, F. WINFIELD; MRS. EMMA SPRINGER, and MRS. ANNA MEEK, of Leon; MRS. EVA RUSSELL, of Lamoni; FRED W., of Kellerton; DR. W.H. CASH, of Lenox, Iowa; J.R. CASH, of Bonesteel, South Dakota; and MRS. ISABEL TAYLOR and JOHN A., of Decatur; all of whom survive the father and were present at his funeral.
MR. CASH always took an active interest in politics, education and religion, and always aided in all enterprises for the benefit of the county or township, helping to survey the county, build bridges, schoolhouses, and churches.Few men could relate so many events connected with the people and history of the county as could he.
Early in life, he united with the Church of the "United Brethren in Christ," and lived true to that faith for almost three score years.As a Bible reader, he had few equals.Not reading for the purpose of exploiting a particular creed, but for the Divine uplift and the great truths therein contained, of which his life was a living example, always loyal to his country, his Christian faith and to his God.His life was an open book that all could read and profit thereby.Honest and upright, he stood four-square against all the vices, mean and little things in life; clean in thought, language and person; his habits beyond reproach, a noble example of inate refinement and better qualities that go to make up the real man and true gentleman.
He was a good neighbor, a firm yet kind and tender father, a self-sacrificing benefactor.No needy person was ever turned away unrelieved, his food and shelter were always shared with the hungry and weary.He may have been often imposed upon, but he was never fearful of entertaining strangers.
In October he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and from that time grew weaker day by day until called to his reward.The funeral was held from the home, Wednesday, February 5th, conducted by the Rev. Kenton, Pastor of the M.E. Church at Decatur.As the body of him we most loved was laid to rest by the side of the wife and mother, a voice from the tomb seemed to echo these words, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith.Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of the righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me at that day."