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The Cassidy House, 1040 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

George Cassidy's parents were John Cassidy and Mary Cunningham. Born in Killybeg, Donegal, Ireland, Dec 18, 1848, George landed in New York at the age of 21, but his Irish blood moved him westward to Cheyenne where he became a teamster. George Cassidy emigrated from Ireland to the USA in about  1869 and lived for awhile in Wyoming. According to his obituary in the Official Journal of the B. C. Provincial Police, "he was asked to go with General Custer when he was forming the expedition against Chief Sitting Bull but refused. George often said afterwards that he had saved his own life by refusing when the Sioux Indians wiped out the expedition". Custer's Last Stand was June 25, 1876. I remember the family story that he was a scout with Custer but had an appendicitis attack and had to go to San Francisco just before the "expedition". The 1876 Voter Registration for San Francisco California has a George Cassidy, born in Ireland, Teamster, naturalized on Aug 21, 1874, in Boone, Missouri.

Cassidy, George, Ireland, Teamster
Cassidy, George, Ireland, Teamster
From the 1876 Voters Registration , San Francisco, California

George's cousin, Thomas Cassidy, had come from Ireland and cleared land to farm in what became Cassidy, B.C. George came to B.C. to visit him in the late 1870's, met Catherine Grace Michael, married (Feb 3, 1881, in Nanaimo) and settled on the farm in North Oyster. George Cassidy was a provincial police constable from about 1895-1913 and built one of the first houses in Ladysmith.

George Cassidy married Catherine Grace Michael on Feb 3, 1881, in Nanaimo, B.C. Catherine's parents were Edward Henry Michael and Adelaide Norman.


1881 Canada Census, Nanaimo District, showing George Cassidy and wife Catherine Grace Michael


1891 Canada Census, Cranberry, Cedar and Oyster Districts, showing the Cassidy family

The first school in North Oyster was established on April 30, 1891 and in September of that year school started in a 20 by 30 foot wooden structure located a few yards east of the present structure.   The first trustees were George Cassidy, G. McGregor and J. Brenton, and the first teacher was Miss Kate Cairns.  A school was established in the Diamond some years later. - from North Oyster History

George Cassidy, Jr. was born on July 12, 1893, in Nanaimo, B.C.

Cassidy, Thomas, farmer.
Cassidy, Thomas, farmer.
From Directory of Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, 1909

Cassidy's Mill
Cassidy's Mill

Ladysmith, Provincial Constable, George Cassidy
Ladysmith, Provincial Constable, George Cassidy
From Directory of Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, 1909

George Cassidy was Ladysmith's first policeman.
From The Shoulder Strap, June 1949 - Nineteenth Edition: The Official Journal of the British Columbia Provincial Police, Victoria BC Admark 1949
He was a provincial constable from about 1895-1913

Left to right: George Cassidy, O. McQuire (bartender) and J. Callander
Left to right: George Cassidy, O. McQuire (bartender) and J. Callander
From The Shoulder Strap, June 1949 - Nineteenth Edition: The Official Journal of the British Columbia Provincial Police.

George Cassidy started his police career in South Wellington, and was later transferred to Ladysmith where he was the only policeman in the settlement of over 2,000. Later, in 1904, when Ladysmith became incorporated, Mr. Cassidy remained with the Provincial Force and worked harmoniously with Mr. J. Callander who was made a constable to comprise the whole Ladysmith City Police. After this time, George acted as policeman at large from Ladysmith to South Wellington and as a member of the Nanaimo Detachment. - from The Shoulder Strap, June 1949 - Nineteenth Edition: The Official Journal of the British Columbia Provincial Police.


George Cassidy (right), BC Provincial Police
Photo courtesy George Cassidy (b. 1931)

George Cassidy (right), BC Provincial Police
George Cassidy (right), BC Provincial Police
Photo courtesy George Cassidy (b. 1931)

 

Sometime between 1909 and 1911, John Waugh became a police officer for the City of Nanaimo. His daughter Janet Lindsay married George Cassidy, Jr. on June 3, 1922, at the Waugh home at 471 Selby Street.

1911 Canada Census showing George Cassidy in Ladysmith with his sister Maude living next door.
1911 Canada Census showing George Cassidy in Ladysmith with his sister Maude living next door.
His occupation was listed as "constable".
See original document

Private George Cassidy, Royal Air Force
Private George Cassidy, Royal Air Force

George Cassidy, Jr. served with the Canadian Military in World War I. See the Particulars of Recruit.

"Grand Old Man of Cedar Avoided Death at Hands of Sitting Bull"

"It was in 1875 that I engaged as a teamster with the U.S. Army Expedition to the Black Hills (Ed. Note: The expedition was in 1874), where minerals had been discovered, and the Indians were threatening. It was quite a large expedition. We had 80 teams; six companies of soldiers, of which two were cavalry and four infantry, as well as light artillery.... When I returned from the Black Hills - it would be in the Spring of 1876 - I was asked if I would join an expedition being organized by General Custerto go after Sitting Bull, the Dakota Sioux Chief, who was causing trouble. He would not go back to his reservation when ordered to do so, and was harrying immigrant trains. At first I thought I would go. If I had I would not be here today, for General Custer and his entire column of 264 officers and men were killed at Little Big Horn.

The trip to the Black hills had been a trying one, and I was tired and did not relish a long trip and gruelling job of teaming up into the Dakotas, which might not end until winter set in. So a day or two later I went to the boss teamster and told him that I thought that I would not go. I decided to take a run out to San Francisco to see what the country was like in California" - George Cassidy

"Grand Old Man of Cedar Avoided Death at Hands of Sitting Bull"
Courtesy Garry Henkel

The Black Hills Expedition

When the expedition traveled, it stretched out for nearly two miles...
When the expedition traveled, it stretched out for nearly two miles with 2,100 horses,
110 wagons driven by more than a thousand soldiers and teamsters
Photo courtesy South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Black Hills Expedition was a United States Army expedition in 1874 led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer that set out on July 2, 1874 from modern day Bismarck, North Dakota, which was then Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory, with orders to travel to the previously uncharted Black Hills of South Dakota. Its mission was to look for suitable locations for a fort, find a route to the southwest, and to investigate the possibility of gold mining.[1] Custer and his unit, the 7th Cavalry, arrived in the Black Hills on July 22, 1874, with orders to return by August 30. The expedition set up a camp at the site of the future town of Custer; while Custer and the military units searched for a suitable location for a fort, civilians searched for gold, and it is disputed whether or not any substantial amount was found. Nonetheless, this prompted a mass gold rush which in turn antagonised the Sioux Indians who had been promised protection of their sacred land through Treaties made by the US government,[2] and who were later to kill Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the Great Sioux War of 18761877 between themselves and the United States. - Wikipedia

The 1874 Black Hills Expedition Dairy of Fred W. Power

 

George Cassidy is 99 today
Photo courtesy Cathy Cassidy

George Cassidy
1848 - 1948


Courtesy Garry Henkel

George Cassidy, Jr. and Janet Lindsay Waugh, June 3, 1972
George Cassidy, Jr. and Janet Lindsay Waugh, June 3, 1972

George Cassidy, Jr. and Janet Lindsay Waugh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3, 1972, in Campbell River, B.C.

George Cassidy (born July 16, 1893) died on Nov 16, 1985, in Campbell river at the age of 92. Janet Lindsay Waugh (born March 20, 1898) died on April 16, 1990, at the age of 92. They are buried in the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens (Garden of Devotions, Plot 319, C1 & C2), Cedar, British Coumbia.

 

George Cassidy and Pat Holley's 60th Wedding Anniversary
George Cassidy and Pat Hooley's 60th Wedding Anniversary
August 24, 2014
See more photos in the Photo Archives

 

George Waugh Cassidy
July 7, 1931 - May 14, 2016

George Waugh Cassidy

George Cassidy (son of George Cassidy and Janet Waugh) died in Campbell River on May 14, 2016, at the age of 84. He is buried in the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar, Nanaimo Regional District. A memorial for George was held at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre on July 31, 2016.

Celebration of Life

George is survived by his loving wife Patricia, children Catherine, George, Shannon, Jeanette, Diane (Don), John (Donna), many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren & extended family and friends. George was born in Nanaimo & spent his early years growing up on his much beloved family farm in Cedar. At the age of 16 George & his family moved to Campbell River where he resided until his passing. George spent a large part of his life working for M&B at the Menzie's Bay booming ground. George's passion was for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing or just taking the dog for a walk along the river was his passion. If you couldn't find George and there was a run on he was at the river. Husband, father and friend will be deeply missed. His joyful glee while heading out the door for a day of fishing on the Quinsam or Campbell, or a day of hunting with his loyal companion will forever be a picture hanging in our thoughts.

Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom early in the Spring.
Remember me on sunny days & fun that Summer brings.
Remember me in the wintertime & the stories that are told.
But most of all remember each day right from the start.
I will be forever near, I live within your heart.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand. - Isaiah 41:10

Sounds

The early morning sun lifting the dew from the grass.
The early riser assembling his gear for the morning fish.
The silence of morning is what he loves.
The sound of the truck as it comes to life.
The sound of the river another love.
The sound of the birds announcing his arrival.
The sound of the fly making it to it's resting place.
The sound of the fish taking the fly.
The sound of the truck arriving back at it's home.
The sound of the early riser arriving home.
The sound of his voice as he tells his stories.
We wish we could still hear the sound of his voice.

 

Cassidy burials in Bowen Cemetery (Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery)

 

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