C. G. Caswell is 64 years of age, and made a good many removes
to coming to Quincy in 1852. He commenced in mercantile
and it was a year and a half before there was any other store in
At the time the railroad had just been completed through the town
his goods were the first that were brought as far west as Quincy. In 1861 he moved up on his present farm. He has been twice married, and is now living with his second wife.
Quincy Herald May 14, 1897
Charles Giles Caswell
Charles Giles Caswell was born Aug 26, 1812, in Cattaraugus
and died at his home on East Chicago street, Quincy, May 4, 1897.
He moved with his parent to Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1834, and
1839 the family moved to Steuben County, Ind. March 26,
was married to Hannah Burdick, to who three children were born,
and two daughters, of whom one daughter only survives. In
Allen Prairie, where he was engaged in farming until he moved to Quincy village in 1852. The same year he built the house on North Main street now occupied by Mrs. Ramsdell and put a stock of goods into the front part of it and commenced the mercantile business. Soon afterward he
moved his goods into the south part of the building now owned by the Leland estate, near the railroad. About 1855 he associated A.B. Varnum with him in business, and the same year they erected the first brick building in town, being the one now occupied by F. E. Powers and Ramsdell's barber shop. In 1858 he retired from trade and bought a farm just east of the village on which he built a substantial house which has since been his home. His wife died in the fall of 1865, and
June 13, 1867, he was married to Mrs. Sarah Burdick (this is an error in the Obit. it should be Sarah Eldred) who survives him. He was a member of the M. E. church for a number of years, a good citizen and led a useful life.
The Funeral took place at his late home Thursday, May6th, conducted by Rev. W. H. parsons, and his remains were laid to rest in Lakeview cemetery. (Quincy, MI)
Coldwater Courier - May 3, 1897
C. G. Caswell died last night at his home just east of the village. He was one of the old pioneer settlers having lived in and near this villiage since 1852. He was engaged in the mercantile business for serveral years after coming here. He has been in poor health for a long time. He was upwards of eighty years old.
Coldwater Courier - May 14, 1897
C. G. Caswell whose death was noticed last week, came to Quincy in 1852, and engaged in the mercantile business. About the beginning of 1855 he took A. B. Varnum into business as partner, and the same year they erected the first brick building in town on the northeast corner of Chicago and Main streets, now occupied by Powers clothing store and Ramsdill's barber shop. They retired from business some two or three years after, and Mr. Caswell bought a farm just east of the village, where he lived the remainder of his days.
Quincy Herald - May 7, 1897
C. G. Caswell, an old pioneer of this place, having lived here for 52 years, died at his home just east of teh village Tuesday night, aged 80 years. He had been in poor health for a long time. The funeral was held at the home yesterday afternoon. Obituary next week.
Kathy Caswell Rinke