It’s time for a little break from all that serious genealogy work. Here’s an article about one of the Indiana Casbons.
This article was featured in the November 9, 1920, edition of The Hudson Triangle, the newsletter of the Hudson Motor Care Company. L. J. Casbon was Lawrence John Casbon, the only son of Charles Thomas Casbon (1840—1915), and grandson of Thomas Casbon (1803-1888), my third great grandfather.
Lawrence was born August 26, 1875, probably at the family farm in Porter Township, Porter County, Indiana. For those living in the area, it would have been on what is now the northeast corner of the intersection of S 300 W and W 300 S. My notes say that Lawrence lost his right hand in a mowing machine accident when he was about 14 years old. Rather than follow his father into farming, he entered into a number of apparently successful business ventures. He owned a number of pool halls, a cigar store, and a garage in a variety of cities and towns in northwest Indiana: Goshen, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Mishawaka, and South Bend.
Lawrence married Lydia May Pauter January 23, 1899, in Adrian, Michigan. They never had children.
Portrait (wedding?) of Lawrence J and L. May (Pauter) Casbon, undated. Photo courtesy of Ron Casbon. (Click on image to enlarge)
This slightly different version of the story of Lawrence’s cross-country drive tells us that he was moving to Los Angeles from Indiana.
I don’t know why Lawrence and May decided to move to California. I suspect he had somewhat of a restless spirit. Once there, he entered into a real estate partnership, as evidenced by this entry in the 1923 Los Angeles City Directory.
Sadly, he did not live long to enjoy the change in climate. Lawrence died October 9, 1923 in Los Angeles. His wife May lived in Los Angeles for the rest of her long life. She died at the age of 98 on June 10, 1971.