Cassie Cash: A Mother Who Holds Fast
by Max Cash
Originally Published in The Groundhog
Volume 13, Number 5, May 1995
My mother, Cassie Jones Cash, was an infant of 10 months when her father, Dixie David Jones, died. Her mother, Martha Rice Jones, was the daughter of John and Susan Rice. The Rices and Joneses lived near Rockmart, Ga.
father was a music teacher. Mother was the youngest of eight children,
four girls and four boys. She was born July 22, 1906. After her father's
death, the family moved to Lebanon, Ala. Lebanon is about 5 miles south
of Fort Payne. The move to Lebanon was about 1912. They owned a nice
farm in the Lebanon Community and farmed there for a few years. In 1920,
they moved to Lookout Mountain about 4 miles east of Mentone. The farm
they owned here in Mentone for a number of years is now owned by Dr.
Edward R. Annis.
met my father, Albert Cash, at a square dance in the latter part of
1921, and they were married in 1923. Both of them slipped off to get
married. Since they slipped off, Mother borrowed a dress from her
sister-in-law, Jessie Jones. Albert and Cassie were married in Menlo,
Ga., by Justice of the Peace George Kling.
and Cassie had five children: Max, Dorothy, Eva, Edward and Edmond.
Before the twins, Edward and Edmond, were born, mother dreamed that she
would have twins and even dreamed what their names would be. On her next
visit to the doctor, he told her that she would be having twins. Miss
Martha Berry, founder of Berry College, insisted on helping name them.
She said anybody could be named Edward and Edmond. She wanted them named
Edward Albert and Edmond Alfred, and so it was.
Cash, our ancestor, settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia, around
1680. The Cashes moved to North Carolina and then to the Atlanta,
Georgia, area about 1830, and on to the Mentone area about 1890.
Cash, my great grandfather, homesteaded 120 acres of land about 6 miles
south of Mentone, near the forks of Little River in 1898. Sam Cash,
Issiac's son, married Maude Willingham. They raised nine children: Albert, Joe, Bascom, Louie, Sam, Harry, Billy, Thelma, and
Grace. Billy and Grace are the only two living.
Cash, my grandfather, was a coal miner and farmer. He worked in the
mines in Kentucky and Alabama, and he also worked in the Lahusage mines
about 4 miles east of Mentone. Sam was also fireman on the small train
(dinky line) that hauled coal from the mines to the east brow of Lookout
Mountain where it was dumped into a large wood shoot. The coal went down
the shoot to the valley where it was loaded on railroad cars and shipped
father, Albert Cash, was a rock mason and carpenter. He was caretaker of
the Martha Berry property here on Lookout Mountain.
and Mr. H. F. Shigley were the principle builders of the log and rock
house Martha Berry built near Moon Lake in the 1930s. Some of the logs
in this house were 108 years when the house was built. It is still a
very beautiful house now owned by Mrs. Charlie Sheppard.
and some of the masons and workers from Mentone helped build the
beautiful Frost Memorial Chapel on the Campus of Berry College near
thing I am about to forget--three of the Cash brothers worked on the old
Rock Wall up Lookout Mountain: Albert, Bascom, and Louie. The new rock
wall was recently dedicated, thanks to Dr. Pat Seymour.
Albert and Cassie Cash have 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Mother and Daddy have been members of the Mentone Wesleyan Church since the late 1920s. Daddy passed away in 1951. For a number of years, life wasn't easy for Mother, but she made it!
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