CASSEL, Joseph, carpenter and farmer, was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 18, 1837. He is a son of William and Annie (Hain) Cassel. William Cassel died at the age of seventy-three years, and his wife at the age of seventy-four. They had thirteen children : Elizabeth, Sophia, John J., William H., Samuel, who died in infancy, Mary, Hannah, Joseph, Fannie, Catherine, Jonas, a child unnamed who died in infancy, and Samuel B.
Joseph Cassel was educated in the public schools of his native township. At eighteen years of age he began to learn carpentry with his brother, William H. Cassel. He served an apprenticeship of sixteen months and received as his wages the sum of $56. After learning his trade, he worked as journeyman and received $16 as the wages for the first two months. He continued to work at his trade until 1865. He was employed by the United States Government in the Construction Corps. He was sent to Nashville, Tenn., and worked on the Chattanooga railroad in East Tennessee, and later at Atlanta, Ga., until the time of Lee’s surrender. He then returned home, and worked at his trade for a year and a half longer. He now began business on his own account, and was engaged in building and contracting up to 1890. He built the barns at the county buildings in 1883. He bought his present homestead in 1870, and has had his residence and his principal occupation there up to the present time.
Mr. Cassel was married, June 11, 1857, to Barbara Fackler, born December 4, 1837, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Mumma) Fackler. They have had ten children, of whom two are deceased : Millard Fillmore, born March 8, 1858, died June 6, 1858 ; Francis R., born May 11, 1862, died May 14, 1862. Their living children are : Fannie L., born November 18, 1856 ; Emma E., born April 20, 1859 ; Alice S., November 4, 1860 ; Minerva L., February 9, 1864 ; Jennie Nelson, May 10, 1869 ; Joseph W., June 11, 1872 ; Lillie B., September 15, 1875, and Stella O., October 2, 1880. Mr. Cassel served as school director for one term. He served two terms, in 1871 and 1872, as tax collector in Lower Paxton township ; he was also assessor for one term. He is a Republican. The family are members of the German Baptist church. Mr. And Mrs. John Fackler, the parents of Mrs. Cassel, are both deceased. Her father died at the age of seventy-three years, and her mother at the age of fify-six. They had eleven children.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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