Indiana McCaslins

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In the 1895 Minnesota State Census for Minnespolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, 42-year-old Iowa-born David S and his 38-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Harriet [sic] [Studley] McCasslin [sic] have in their household their daughters, 14-year-old Indiana-born Christina [sic] and 9-year-old Illinois-born Vida [Davida], and a Swedish servant, 22-year-old Lana [sic] Anderson. The family is living in a house at 412 W 27th Street. David and his family have lived in Minnesota and in the Minneapolis 8th Ward for four years. He is a Presbyterian minister.""The Ministerial Directory of the Ministers in the Presbyterian Church..." and "The Alumni Catalogue of the United Theological Society" state that he was pastor of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church [now named Bethlehem Stewart Presbyterian Church, located at 2539 Pleasant Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404] The Franklin Democrat, Friday, July 6, 1900, Volume XLI Number 1, page 3 column 3 LOCAL NEWS ITEMS Mrs. J. C. McCaslin entertained Tuesday night in honor of Mrs. D. S. McCaslin and daughters of Cedar Rapid's Iowa. 1900 US Federal Census for 5th Ward of Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa shows David Serril McCaslin (47, born in Iowa), his wife Harriette (43, born in Massachusetts) and his daughters, Christine (19, born in Indiana) and Vida [Davida] (14, born in Illinois) living at 312 North 16th Street in a rented house. David and Harriette have been married for 22 years and have had two children, both are living. He is a clergyman. Both of his daughters are listed as students. [They are attending Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.] David's parents were born in Indiana, Harriette's father in Vermont and her mother in Maine [sic], and Christine and Davida's father in Indiana and their mother in Massachusetts. Christine graduated from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa in 1903. From the Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 28 August 1908: BROWN-MCCASLIN Invitations have been received by many Eau Claire people to the marriage ceremony of Mr. Frederic Dill Brown and Miss Christine McCaslin at Merriam Park Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2nd, at five o'clock. Miss McCaslin is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. David L [sic] of Merriam Park. Mr. Brown is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown of Eau Claire. He is a graduate from the engineering department of Cornell University, now holding a responsible position with the street railway company of Minneapolis. From the Coe College Cosmos for 5 Nov 1909 p. 18: "Mrs. Frederick Brown, formerly Miss Christine McCaslin, '03, is now living in Fargo, N. Dak., where her husband is installing a waterworks system." "The Evening Huronite", Huron, South Dakota 17 Aug 1939: TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY IN HURON ...Mrs. Frederick [sic] D. Brown has issued cards for an at home next Monday afternoon to meet her mother, Mrs. David S. McCaslin of St. Paul... The 1910 census shows that the Brown family has moved again as Fred (age 31, engineer for the Aberdeen street railway) living at 215 Tenth Avenue SE (illegible handwriting, could be SW), in the Third Ward Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota. In 1920, Fred and family were living at 708 Iowa Avenue SE in Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, having moved there before 1915 when Jim was born there. He is an electrial engineer for Huron Light & Power Company. This information is confirmed by Fred's WWI Draft Registration Card dated 12 Sep 1918. According to Frederica Brown's photograph album, "Pictures tell the story", the family was still in Huron in 1921, but, by 1923, they'd moved to Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin where Freddie and, possibly, Betty graduated from High School. The next move was to Portland, Oregon in January, 1927 where the family lived at 427 E 48th Street N. from January to April. They then moved to a larger house at 632 E. 38th Street N. I'm not sure when Fred came back to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Family stories say that he worked on the Foshay Tower which started construction in 1927. The rest of the family seems to have remained in Oregon through 1929, as Jim attended U.S. Grant High School in Portland where he was in the band, Marian gave a recital in May and Frederica attended Willamette University in Salem, her freshman year. Family story is that Fred quit working on the Foshay Tower because he couldn't stomach Foshay's questionable business practices, rather like those of Enron. By 1930, Fred and family are reunited as the April 10th census shows them living at 625-8th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. He is an electrical engineer in a factory. In the mid-1930's, all of the family was living in the house at 1122 Oliver Ave N, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, where I was born. My memory of that household is confirmed by the family photo album. Fred was unemployed due to the depression, and used to leave the house every day with a lunch, eat somewhere (usually a park) at noon and return about 5 p.m. so no one would know he didn't have a job. The family was supported by Ray Bishop, Fred's son in-law, who was the only one who had a job. Christine was an active member of Andrew Presbyterian Church (4th Street SE and 8th Avenue SE) in 1932 as the Missionary Society secretary of literature. She was not the only one in the family active in the church as Frederica was Wilma Eutis Guild Secretary, Elizabeth was Sunday School Secretary and James was Sunday School treasurer. Although it is not mentioned in this pamphet, Christine was the organist for a number of years. The church is now gone. It had a wall collapse in 2002 and was demolished. This was the place where I sat at my grandmother's feet in the dimness of choir loft while she practiced the organ. I was age 3 or so, old enough to know that this was a special treat and that I had to be very good to have it happen again. The church had a special smell compounded of old hymn books, furniture polish and dust, a very churchly and holy odor. I would watch the dust motes in the streaks of light from the stained glass windows, my grandmother's feet playing the pedal tones, and the light from the organ music lamp on her face. Her music took up all the echoing vaulted space. She was so intent on the music, Bach fugues for the recessional I think now. I was quiet as a church mouse. Sometimes, as a special treat when she was through practicing, Gram would let me play the foot pedals by pressing them with my hands. It made a glorious echoing noise. And now it is gone... In the 1940 US Federal Census for Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, 61-year-old, Wisconsin-born Frederic Brown and his 58-year-old, Indiana-born wife, Christine [McCaslin] Brown are the only tenants of the house at 1122 Oliver Ave N. They were living in this house in 1935. Both Fred and Christine have completed four years of college. Fred has been unemployed for 26 weeks and is looking for work. In the 26 weeks that he worked, he earned $1,700. He is a mechanical engineer with his own office in his home. Christine is a housewife and not looking for work. Neither has another source of income. By the early 1940's, Fred and Christine are living on Cahill Road in Edina in the upstairs of a farmhouse. They eventually bought land in the area and built a small house at 7028 Cahill Road, Edina, Hennepin, Minnesota where they lived for the rest of Fred's life. After his death, his wife Christine McCaslin Brown moved to live with her daughter Frederica Brown Bishop at 2802 W 40th Street, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Obituary Lake Harriet Courier (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Thursday, 10 Apr, 1958 page 2: "CHRISTINE BROWN RITES MARCH 31 Services were held Mar. 31 in Welander Quist mortuary with burial in Lakewood cemetery for Mrs. Christine McCaslin Brown of 2802 West 40 St., who died Mar. 29. She was born in Muncie Ind., and had lived here 29 years. She belonged to Christ Presbyterian church in Edina, played the organ at Calvary Lutheran church in Edina, and also taught piano, organ, and violin a number of years. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Ray U. Bishop of Minneapolis; Mrs. Herman Chase of Rumford, R. I., Mrs. Jack Lenhart of Austin Tex., a son James M. of Fairbanks, Alaska, and a sister, Davida McCaslin of Decatur, Ill., 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Memorials to Christ Presbyterian Church or Calvary Lutheran Church of Cahill in Edina are preferred." The Rev. Mr. Anderson of Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina gave the funeral service, using Christine's father the Rev Dr. David S Mccaslin's book of forms.
Given names Surname Sosa Birth Place Death Age Place Last change
Christine McCaslin
May 28, 1881137Muncie, Delaware, Indiana4March 29, 19586076Minneapolis, Hennepin, MinnesotaNovember 26, 2016 - 6:00:00 a.m.