Cass Township was established
May 1, 1846, and named for General Lewis Cass, who, two years later,
became the Democratic candidate for president. The original Cass
Township included the sections in the Murray Township, but presently
comprise Sections 18-36 of T31N, R23W and the north twelve Sections
of T30N and R23W. It is bordered by Polk County on the north, Robberson
Township on the east, Walnut Grove and Boone Townships on the west,
and Center Township on the south. Its main water way is Asher Creek
and a portion of the Little Sac.
The first settlements
in Cass Township were on what is known as the Grand and Whittenberg
Prairies and included: Peter Whittenberg, Isaac Hasten, I. Cook,
John Murray, James Gilmore, John Griffiths, James Adams, Jacob Perryman,
Archibald Morris, Charles Peck, J. Johnson, J. Simmons, and Isaac
Julian, all coming between 1830 and 1837. William Killingsworth
and Charles McClure, 1839. John Grigsby settled at Cave Spring.
The principle settlements
in Cass Township were Sacville, Luck, Asher (later named Pearl),
and Cave Spring.
It was around a combination
cave/springs on Asher that the first settlement in Cass Township
began taking the name Cave Spring. It was only natural for a constant
source of water and the benefits of cave temperatures to be a drawing
card for settlement. The first house at Cave Spring was built by
John Grigsly. The first store established in 1848 by Alfred Staley.
Schools and churches always became an intrigal part of a community
or settlement. The Mt. Zion Presbyterian church was established
in 1839, first meeting in the homes of the parishioners. The first
permanent building for the church was built in 1845. A brush arbor
and later, in 1841, a shed, became the Cave Spring Camp Ground was
was used by all denominations for camp meetings.
to the list of Greene County's townships.