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The Story of Fred Cass

Fredrick Cass
BIRTH:05 Aug 1856 - Calumet County, WI, USA
DEATH:12 Feb 1918 - Oshkosh, Winnebago, WI
BURIAL:14 Feb 1918 - Oshkosh, Winnebago, WI
Fredrick was married 1 May 1883 in Caledonia, Waupaca, WI to:

Esther Smith
BIRTH:08 Jun 1869 - Weyauwega, Waupaca, WI
DEATH:25 Jul 1956 - Napa County, CA, USA
BURIAL:
Children of Fredrick and Esther Cass:

Miles (31 Dec 1883 - 17 Sep 1969)
Essie (Oct 1886 - abt 1918)
Minnie (04 Jun 1890 - 28 Feb 1977)
Fred (10 Aug 1892 - 27 May 1974)
Pearl (21 Feb 1895 - 26 Jun 1994)
Nora (10 Jun 1896 - 18 Dec 1967)
Iddo (04 Nov 1898 - 5 Jan 1976)
Gladys (17 Feb 1901 - 2 Sep 1982)
Evelyn (30 Mar 1905 - 29 Oct 2002)
Lester (07 Apr 1910 - 11 Mar 1962)
Census records never indicated an occupation other than farming or laborer for Iddo and his sons, but the men were also loggers. They certainly had the natural resources as we can see from the property maps. Fred was 21 in 1877 when he inherited this land from Iddo. By 1900, Fred and his growing family had moved to Matteson Township, near Clintonville, Wisconsin.

The Cass Brothers: Fred, Henry, Edward

According to the Tony Cass video, Fred Cass invented and patented a key component of four wheel drive. He sold that patent for $75 and a cow. The patent was used by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company of Clintonville, Wisconsin that made about 15,000 four wheel drive vehicles for the US and British Armies in WW I. When Fred’s son, Miles, realized how valuable the patent was, he unsuccessfully sued the new patent owner.

By 1912, Fred and Esther had moved to Oshkosh. Fred was a laborer. His wife and their daughter, Minnie, worked at the Union House. Fred suffered a tragic death as described in this newspaper article.

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