Lorenz Reiss was assistant to the local blacksmith.
Painter Kennel gave the post office a fresh coat of paint.
June 10, 1895
George Staebler had a Massey-Harris agency for implements. He opened one later in Tavistock along with Anthony Jickling of Slabtown.
October 28, 1897
W. Swan was doing the wood-work on the new brick house of J. Kaufman. The wind refused its services and J. Kaufman's sawmill had to lay off last Tuesday. J. Wettlaufer's stabling, new cement floors, gutters and managers are the finest in the township. Some have started turnip raising and others think the present rapid growth justifies trusting November weather for this work. Will Parker had a bicycle accident after cycling to Stratford. He lost a tire in a rut and was thrown.
November 18, 1897
Mr. Roedding, teacher, has resigned to take effect at New Year's. Ill health of his father compelled him to return to th efarm near Alsfeld, Germany. George Staebler and Company are advertising for any quantity of saw logs to be delivered at his mill in Cassel. Jacob W. Mogk has bought the Gingerich farm on Con. 14 after paying $3500 for it.
September 16, 1902
Honey Grove Cheese Factory sold about 200 cheese at 9 5/8¢ per lb. Mr. Case is to be replaced by Miss Fraser of Embro on September 29, she being the first lady teacher in Cassel School.
February 5, 1903
At the annual meeting, the Honey Grove Cheese Company decided to rent the factory for another year, with Mr. George McCabe as cheesemaker. A committee was chosen to canvass the shareholders to form a joint stock company and build a new factory.
April 13, 1903
The Honey Grove Cheese company further discussed forming a joint stock company and building an up-to-date cheese and butter factory. James Bickle sold a light team for $260 and Joseph S. Zehr a heavy team for $360. Lawrence Rice, through injury, has been forced to give up blacksmithing. (Lorenz Reiss).
June 4, 1903
Blacksmith Burgess has started work here.
January 26, 1904
Honey Grove Cheese Company's Annual Meeting, Monday, February 2. Mr. Joseph Boehmer, proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, is happy with the arrival of a daughter.
June 4, 1908
Lawrence Reiss has a House Tire-Setter that will set wheel rims in a few minutes.
May 20, 1909
For Sale: pure-bred well trained St. Bernard watch-dog (wt. 120 lbs.) Apply Adam Becker.
July 7, 1909
Joseph R. Jutzi raised his new barn today with a staff of over a dozen. Mr. Forler of Phillipsburg is hastening the framing of Jacob Meisner's new barn on the 14th Conc.
July 14, 1909
On Saturday 60 men finished th new barn, 160 men having worked all day Friday. It is 124 x 88 feet. Cassel and Walmer clubs had a friendly football game after the raising. The 17th Line Evangelical Church had a children's service on Sunday evening, in German and English.
June 2, 1910
Mr. McCallum, th eteacher was ill, Mr. Valentine Stock acting as supply.
June 19 - 20, 1910
Diamond Jubilee of the 16th Line Baptist Church
July 28, 1910
John P. Kaufman returned to the lumber woods at Shawanagan, Parry Sd. district. Thomas Currah had a cement silo built by Doherty of Stratford. Mr. Noah Roth had a new threshing machine from the New Hamburg Manufacturing Company
Frank Pearson, James Wettlaufer, W. Kaufman were off to the London Fair.
Mr. O.R. Francis was at the Western Dairymen's Convention in Stratford.
February 16, 1911
Mrs. Wm. Wagester took her son Walter to Clevland, Ohio to secure treatment for deafness.
CASSEL SCHOOL REPORT
Continuation Class: Lillian Pearson
Entrance Class: Charlotte Currah, Ernie Armstrong, Luella Pearson, Clifford Pearson.
Junior IV: Luella Kaufman, Hannah Currah, Olga Kaufman, Sydney Moore, Percy Pletsch, Nelson Innis, Laura Pletsch.
Senior III: Arthur Pearson, Vina Bruce, Agnes Kaufman, Eva Kaufman, Sarah Kropp, John Zehr, Ezra Kropp, Allister Ennis.
Junior II: Peter Zehr, David Zehr, Jonas Zehr, Levina Erb, Arthur Jutzi, Ella Haist, Christina Innis, Lillie Leuszler.
First Class: Tommy Kaufmann, Sarah Erb, Amelia Rice, Amos Zehr, Alice Sawyer.
Primary Class: Johnny Innis, Eli Zehr, Irene Yeack, Ida Roth. - R.R. Tarves, Teacher -
May 25, 1911
Football executive had L. Kaufman, president; Allan Pearson, captain; Percy Armstrong secretary-treasurer.
July 13, 1911
Robt. Morton, who used to own the cheese factory died. Five or six years ago the name was changed from "Morton Cheese Factory" to Cassel Cheese Company.
August 10, 1911
Messrs. James Wettlaufer, Edwin Kaufmann, Percy Armstrong and Milton Bollert left for the West.
October 11, 1911
Jacob Staebler, father of Geo. who had set up house in 1849 near Cassel died.
October 19, 1911
The establishment of rural mail delivery marks the passing of the co-operative system known as the "Townline Mail" which was started in 1845 by the late George Smith and continued by his son Henry Smith. In 1845 George Smith went to Haysville every Friday for the mail for a few of the neighbours including the Faceys, McKies and Campbells. This continued until the G.T.R. was built to New Hamburg. Then any of those getting mail at Smith's were supposed to call at the New Hamburg P.O. and deliver the mail to Smith's, where it was kept until called for. This was a convenient way of getting mail and it was seldom that it missed more than two days in succession. The unpaid postmaster reserved the right to read any newspaper passing through the house but it entailed a lot of extra work in sorting mail and floor-cleaning.
December 11, 1911
Lawrence Mitchell of Bright called on the Smith Bros. and bought their catch of furs, mostly skunks.
February 24, 1912
On Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Francis were blessed with a son.
March 28, 1912
East Zorra correspondent reports Mr. Chris. Erb moving to Sebastopol.
Cassel had entered a Hockey Team in the N.O.R.H.A.
Goal - Redmond
Defence - L. Pearson, J. Kaufman
Wings - R. Kaufman, F. Kaufman
Centre - R. Wettlaufer
Subs - G. Matthies, H. Kaufman, J. Henry, W. Yeck.
It seemed that Cassel, like so many others rural villages was doomed to become deserted, with the closing of its school and cheese-factory in 1967. Even business at the blacksmith shop had slackened. But Douglas Wettlaufer and associates struck a spark of life when they purchased the old factory for a turnip storage plant (Kitchener Record - 25/1/68). Then Mr. Finch who has lived in Cassel for 23 years while working for Oxford Farmers' Co-operative in Woodstock, started his new business. From the scraps at the saw-mill he now fashions tent-pegs, so useful to peg down tarpaulins over projects that need protection against winter weather.