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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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6                Youth's Golden Gleam
dreds of pioneers4 were then on their way to new farms in Indiana, Illinois and other then Western States.* And so they arrived at a fine house at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Street, the Cassilly mansion.
Mrs. Foster and the children passed a happy week with Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cassuly, old friends of the Foster family.5 The Cas-sillys had come from Pittsburgh a half dozen years before. The dry goods business in which Mr. Cassilly was engaged had prospered; they enjoyed a house and carriages appropriate for a family of substance and standing in Cincin­nati.
With all this, as her correspondence reveals,2 Mrs. Foster was duly impressed, and the children of course had a wonderful time. Henrietta may have questioned the married daughter of the Cassillys, Mrs. Ann Cassilly Marshall, about the school days she had spent at St. Joseph's in Maryland with Henrietta's older sister, Charlotte Foster. Then there was little Sophie Marshall to play with.
We can imagine that William B. Cassilly, grown son of the Cassillys, was pleased with Stephy and took him to see the sights of what Mrs. Foster described as this "beautiful city." The population6 was then 27,645, which ex­ceeded any other community in the West of that period. Cincinnati in 1833 had impressive
* This was Stephen's introduction to the pioneer migration, of which a later tide, the gold seekers of 1849, were to make their own his song "Oh! Susanna/' a product of his Cincinnati years.







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