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23. ELLSWORTH AXTELL CASS, June 5, 1884-
b. S. Harbor Creek, Pa.
b. Greenfield Twp., Erie Co., Pa.
Married Dec. 27, 1906 by Rev. Mills at Wesleyville, Pa.
Divorced 1930

57. Gladys Marie, Oct. 3, 1907 -
m. Earl Crouse (1907- ), June 22, 1929
58. Clayton Ralph, Sept. 23, 1910 -
m. Nellie Colkitt ( 1914 - ), Mar. 25, 1934
59. George Edwin, Jan. 24, 1914 -

Ellsworth Cass started life on his own as a farmer on the old farm of John Backus, later operated by John Churchill and now occupied by George Parker. After several years there he removed to Erie, bought a barber shop and learned the business from his help. He operated a shop in Erie for some time and later moved to Findley Lake, New York, where he had a barber shop. During World War I. he was employed as a caulker at a shipbuilding plant at Sparrows Point near Baltimore, Maryland.

When the ship yards closed at the end of the war Mr. Cass opened a barber shop in Baltimore which he operated until 1936 when because of his father's failing health he closed his shop and returned to Erie County to work his parents' farm. He and his wife had been divorced in 1930. In addition to his general farm work Ellsworth has developed his berry and produce business to a great extent. For over a year he has been serving as assistant to the custodian and assistant to the bus driver for the Harbor Creek High School.

Ellsworth Cass is very proficient at golf, his favorite sport. He is justly proud of once having made a "hole in one" on his favorite course in Baltimore. He is a very lively person, an accomplished musician and an interesting teller of tales, being greatly in demand among the younger people at their social gatherings.

The former Mrs. Ellsworth Cass is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buel G. Thornton who were farmers of Erie County, Pennsylvania. For some time they had a farm on the Station Road near Wesleyville. Buel Thornton was a Civil War veteran having enlisted in the army from Ashtabula County, Ohio where he was born. His parents were Isaac M. and Rachel Ann (Goodsell) Thornton from Massachusetts. Mrs. Buel Thornton was a native of New Orleans, having met Mr. Thornton while he was serving there in the Union Army.

After her divorce the former Mrs. Ellsworth Cass was married to a Mr. Edwards of Baltimore, where they still live. George is a truck driver for a Baltimore firm and lives with his mother.

July 12, 1942 Ellsworth A. Cass married Mrs. Clarence Reed, the former Mary Sornsen of Harbor Creek. The second Mrs. Ellsworth Cass was born at Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania, August 2, 1890, a daughter of Henry and Caroline (Nelson) Sornsen, both of whom were born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Henry Sornsen was a well known carpenter contractor working mainly in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The Sornsen family lived for several years in South Harbor Creek and the young people were well known at that time. One of the daughters, Hulda, married Clayton Backus, and has for several years lived on the farm adjoining that owned by the parents of Ellsworth Cass.

Mrs. Ellsworth Cass graduated from the Nurse's Training School of St. Vincent's Charity Hospital at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1909. July 11, 1911 at her parents' home on East lllth Street in Cleveland she married Clarence Reed, who for many years before his death January 2, 1941 was employed by the Ohio State Highway Department. She is the mother of three daughters by her first marriage; Doris, who married Leonard Burt, Ferne, who married Robert Pringle, and Jeane Caroline, now a student in High School. For several years Mrs. Cass operated a private sanatorium in Lakewood, Ohio, caring for psychopathic cases, and for aged and crippled people.

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