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L. S. Cash, merchant, farmer and stock-raiser, Oakland; born in Nelson Co., Va., Jan. 12, 1827, where he attended school until 10 years of age, when, upon his father’s decease, he removed to Amherst Co., where he attended school and engaged in farming until 1847, when he, with the family, emigrated West, and located in Paris, Ill., in October, of the same year; during the December following, he buried his mother and two older brothers within a period of ten days; he learned and worked at the plasterer’s trade here for two years, when, in March, 1850, he started overland, with an ox-team, for California, taking the old Oregon route, via Fort Hall, and, on August 18, of the same year, he arrived at the Placerville diggings, where he remained a short time; then to Sumner River, then to North Greenwood Valley; during the winter and the spring following, he went twenty-five miles south of Placerville to Dry Creek, where, meeting with fair success, he remained until his return home, sailing upon June 1, 1853; coming via New York, he arrived in Paris, Ill., July 1, making the trip in thirty days; he then located in Oakland, where he worked at the plasterer’s trade until 1856, when he engaged in the dry goods trade, with his brother, under the firm name of L. S. & S. M. Cash, which he still continues, since the death of his brother, which occurred April 12, 1877; he has had the entire management of the store, together with 800 acres of land, which they owned together at the above date; in 1869, their store, with its contents, was destroyed by fire, by which they met with a loss of $8,000, above insurance; he erected his fine brick residence in 1874, where he has since lived. He married, May 2, 1860, Roena Sargent; she was born in Coles Co. May 19, 1839; she died March 18, 1869, leaving two children, now living – Ella W. and Lulu R.; his marriage with Susan Green was celebrated Dec. 30, 1873; she was born in Coles Co. Nov. 17, 1844; they have two children, now living, by this union-Logan S. and Alice.

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