Cassius Hiram was the second son of Richard and Sarah (Garrison) Scritchfield. He was born on a farm near Creston, August 19, 1877, and attended the little country school southwest of Creston. On June 6, 1901, he claimed Alice Spalding, daughter of the Joshua Spaldings, as his bride, and together they farmed near Creston until 1918, when they purchased their farm on Route 55, south of State Road 2.
On June 6th, 1953, the couple marked their 52nd wedding anniversary, appearing on radio as guests of Don McNeil's Breakfast club show. Cass had made his radio debut a few years previously on McNeil's program - and stole the show. The keen-witted, humorous remarks with which he greeted everyone warmed all acquaintances into lasting friendships.
Although in failing health since August, he was up and about the house until the day he died, January 25th. This loveable "old timer" will be sorely missed in southern Lake County. He was actively interested in community affairs and helped celebrate Lowell's Centennial in 1952. For the past 10 years he spent fair week on the grounds working as a handy man. He loved the fair and crowds of people.
Surviving with his wife Alice are one child, Mrs. Cordie (Bessie) Kenney; three grandchildren, Donald and Russel Kenney, and Mrs. Wilbur (Bonnie) Schwanke, two great grandchildren, Rickey Kenney and Susan Schwanke, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorial services were held January 27 in the Sheets funeral chapel with Rev. Harold Hotchkiss, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Interment was in the Orchard Grove cemetery.
Go to Cassius H. "Cass" Scritchfield, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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