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John Cassel

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John Cassel
Gilbert Sanitorium< Evansville, IN

Personal Data: b.-1871.09.03 as a twin - lived in New Dundee, Ont??? - d.-1910.08.19 Gilbert Sanitarium, Evansville, IN - Prts: Adam B. CASSEL and Annie DETTWEILER
Occupation: Gymnast, Aerialist, Balloonist
Performing: <?-18xx-?>
Obituary: See Obit

John Cassel's touring company did exhibitions in the US south and in 1899/1900 had the following winter itinerary: Anniston AL (1899.12.12), Gadsden AL (1899.12.19), Piedmont AL
(1900.01.15), Talladega AL (1900.01.22), Sylacauga AL (2-5-1900),
Goodwater AL (2-12-1900), Alexander City (2-26-1900)

Prof Jack Cassel (John D Cassel) died as a result of a balloon exhibition in Aug 1910. The report originated from Evansville, IN
At one time, he had his own touring company called the Jack Cassel Balloon Co., but unknown if he was performing under that name or not.
He was a tightrope and trapeze artist and so the exhibition was NOT about giving balloon rides to the locals.

The Evansville Courier Newspaper, 19 Aug 1910 has an article entitled "Legs Broken in Parachute Leap" that describes the accident.
The following day there is an article entitled "Aeronaut Dies of Injuries".
These will be posted as soon as I find them again

Cassel's accident was Aug 18 in Mt Vernon but he didn't die until the following morning (between 7am & 8am) after having been transferred to Gilbert Sanitarium in downtown Evansville.



Published Material:
http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/c56e308f49bfeb7885256abc0071ec9a/6CC119BED12DA0EA85256B06004AA1A9?OpenDocument JOHN CASSEL 1871-1910 - JACOB CASSEL 1871-1910 Before the turn of the century, John and Jacob Cassel born in 1871, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Adam B. Cassel of Blenheim township, Oxford County, gained considerable fame as tightrope and trapeze artists, and balloonists. They ascended to approximately 500 feet landing by parachute and gave many performances throughout Waterloo County. The accomplished athletic brothers spent some time travelling with circuses in the USA and Jacob worked with a medicine show as a magician and sharpshooter. John, the only one of the pair to marry, later lived in South Carolina. In his early forties he was injured in a fall which resulted in his death in 1910. Jacob was also hurt in a fall, from which he only partially recovered, passing away from of a heart attack at his mother's home.
ERROR:Unfortunately, we only have a few poorly done postings such as this to try and research the brothers. It is beyond reason why someone would actually post this without realizing John could not be in his forties if he was born in 1871. Badly plagiarized from the material below.

http://waterlooregionmuseum.com/region-hall-of-fame/inductees---a-to-c.aspx Before the turn of the century, John and Jacob Cassel born in 1871, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Adam B. Cassel of Blenheim Township, Oxford County, gained considerable fame as tightrope and trapeze artists, and balloonists. They ascended to approximately 500 feet landing by parachute and gave many performances throughout Waterloo County. The accomplished athletic brothers spent some time traveling with circuses in the USA and Jacob worked with a medicine show as a magician and sharpshooter. In his early forties, John Cassel was injured in a fall which resulted in his death in 1910. He resided in Marion, Indiana, at the time of his accident. Prior to that, he had lived in Louisville, Kentucky, LaPorte, Indiana and in Alabama. John died on August 18, 1910 in Evansville, Indiana at the age of 38. He was buried in Louisville, Kentucky. Jacob Cassel was also injured from a fall but only partially recovered. He spent time recuperating at his mother's house in New Dundee, and after several months, he continued to perform some of his stunts. He died at the age of 37 from a heart condition on April 14, 1909, the year before his brother died. He died while in Louisville, Kentucky but was buried in the Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery, outside of Washington, Ontario.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dwcassel/b18.htm John D. Cassel was born on 3 September 1871 in Blenheim Township, Oxford County, Ontario. He died in 1910 at the age of 39 in South Carolina. The twins John and Jacab are in the Waterloo County Hall of Fame. The following is the citation in the Hall of Fame website:
Before the turn of the century, John and Jacob Cassel born in 1871, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Adam B. Cassel of Blenheim township, Oxford County, gained considerable fame as tightrope and trapeze artists, and balloonists. They ascended to approximately 500 feet landing by parachute and gave many performances throughout Waterloo County. The accomplished athletic brothers spent some time travelling with circuses in the USA and Jacob worked with a medicine show as a magician and sharpshooter.
John, the only one of the pair to marry, later lived in South Carolina. In his early forties he was injured in a fall which resulted in his death in 1910. Jacob was also hurt in a fall, from which he only partially recovered, passing away from of a heart attack at his mother's home.
Parents: Adam B. Cassel and Annie W. Detwiler. Badly plagiarized from the material above.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dwcassel/b15.htm#P73 Adam B. Cassel was born on 24 December 1836 in PA. He died on 12 February 1892 at the age of 55 in New Dundee, ON. Adam moved to Canada with parents in 1850. Resided in Waterloo county, Ontario. He was a Mennonite, a farmer and a blacksmith. Parents: John Cassel and Sarah (Sallie) Bean.
Spouse: Annie W. Detwiler. Annie W. Detwiler and Adam B. Cassel were married on 21 May 1861. Children were: Milton D. Cassel, Oliver D. Cassel, Lovinia Detweiler Cassel, John D. Cassel, Jacob D. Cassel.

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/water61.htm Adam CASSEL, 24, Pennsylvania U.S., Blenheim, s/o John CASSEL & Sarah BEAN married Ana DETTWEILER, 17, Blenheim, Blenheim, d/o Jacob DETWEILER & Nancy WISSMSER, witn: Samuel WOELFLE of Berlin, 21 May 1861.

Aug 25 1910 Hickman, KY Aug 25 1910 Hickman, KY


Census Data

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