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Orla Samuel Casad


Orla Samuel Casad was born in Trenton, Illinois on January 30, 1846. At the age of sixteen, in 1862, he enlisted as a private in the Illinois Infantry. During his service he was fought at the batters of Boleres Leru, Holly Springs and Little Rock, Arkansas and recieved a promotion to Full Corporal. His twin brother, Charles, served in the Illinois Cavalry and was killed on March 28, 1862 at Paducah, Kentucky.

Casad completed his military dues in the spring of 1865. He graduated, in 1876, with a law degree from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Soon after his marriage to Allie Mary Babcock in September, 1876 in Summerfield, Illinois, he moved to Mesilla, New Mexico to run a local newspaper and serve in the Territorial Militia of New Mexico where he was a scout for Col. W. L. Rynerson during the Victoria Apache Indian War of 1879-1880.

Casad moved his family to Kansas in the early 1880s, and settled in the Beulah area. They moved to Pittsburg in 1885 and Casad was active in the civic life of the town. He served as superintendent of the East Pittsburg schools in 1885, as city clerk in 1886, and was appointed postmaster, a position he held from 1890 to 1894.

In 1886, he became the first elected Justice of the Peace for Pittsburg, a position he held until his death. In 1911, he was appointed city Police Judge.

Orla was a Mason. He is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg.

Orla Samuel Casad
Archivist Biographical Note
The Orla Samuel Casad Collection
Special Collections, Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas