Charles F. Cady Family

Charles F. Cady (1836-1903) m. 23 DEC 1861 to Orril Stiles (1843-1908) (David, Jonathan Tuttle, Timothy, Jonathan, Jonathan, Isaac, John, Thomas, Edmond)

                CHARLES F. CADY FAMILY

   Charles F. Cady was born in Troupsburg, New York [Steuben Co.]
December 11, 1836, the tenth child of Hollis and Aurilla
(Grinolds) Cady.  When 17 years of age he accompa-
nied his father to Winsonsin.  His father soon returned to
New York, but son Charles never returned to his native
  At age 26 he was married to Orril Styles in Wisconsin.
Soon after their first child Burr E. Cady was born Sept.
30, 1862 the family moved to Minnesota.  Their second
child Ella M. Cady was born March 6, 1864 at
Rochester, Minnesota and after her arrival they contin-
used their way west by ox team.  They traveled south to
strkie the Oregon trail where they joined hundreds of
other outfits which were being escorted by a company
of soldiers as a protection from Indians.  They passed
through Cheyenne, Wyoming and into Utah, then north
to Virginia City, Montana and Alder Gulch where the gold
fever was running wild.
   When they reached Virginia City they were driving an
ox and a cow hitched to their wagon as they had lost
one of the oxen enroute.  They could not get another ox
and did not dare let the wagon train proceed without
them.  They did not stay long at Alder Gulch, Montana
but soon moved to Whitehall where they ran a state
station for a while and it was there Charles L. Cady was
born Oct. 16, 1865.  They were just getting a good start
when wife Orrill's brother was drowned back in Minne-
sota where her folks had since located.  She was so
homesick and anxious to see them they decided to
return to Minnesota.  The dad couldn't leave until he had
settled his business affairs, so Orril and the three small
children made the trip by themselves.  They went by
stage to Fort Benton, MT then by boat to St. Louis going
down the Missouri, then up the Mississippi to St. Cloud,
Minnesota and from there to her parents' home at Sauk
Center by stage coach.  It was a long hard trip for the
young mother scarcely more than a girl herself.
   Charles F. Cady returned to Minnesota that fall and
they rented a place near Sauk Center.  There Mont Cady
was born June 22, 1869.  The next winter they took up
a homestead near there, four miles west of Sauk
Center.  At this place three more boys were born;
Theodore Cady Jan. 9, 1872, Frank L. Cady Nov. 11,
1875, and Albert M. (Bert) Cady July 14, 1878.  While
there C.F. Cady freighted to Calgary, Winnepeg, and
Fort Gary in Canada.
   C.F. Cady and his sons Burr and Charles who was 11
years old freighted to Deadwood, South Dakota.  They
had many thrilling experiences with the Sioux Indians
who, under Chief Sitting Bull were on the warpath most
of the time those days.
   The summer of 1880 the family moved to Glendive,
Montana where they contracted roadbed for the rail-
road in the summer and cut ties and piling in the winter.
   The next summer 1881 they again did railroad work
and it was the following winter when they reached
Rosebud, Montana that my mother Clara Cady was
born in a tent in a construction camp Feb. 7, 1882.  In
the spring of 1882 they moved to Elton, Montana just
east of Livingston.  C.F. Cady had a contract on the
railroad grade from Springdale to a point five miles
west, including the grade below Bartlett Creek.  While
working at Elton he secured a good farm on which were
two fine springs of water, well known for miles around
as Antelope Springs.  Here he built a house and
established a permanent home where he lived out the
rest of his life.  In the fall of 1882 he had a grading
contract on the railroad from old Fort Ellis through
Bozeman.  In 1883 he had the grading work on the
Yellowstone Park branch line south of Livingston.
   He returned home to Montana, bringing back with
him four railcar loads of cattle.  That winter he had a
contract hauling oats from Junction City to Fort Custer,
both places located in eastern Montana.
   Burr Cady died at Elton June 30, 1886 and is buried
in Livingston.  That winter C.F. Cady had a contract
hauling flour from Junction City to the Crow agency on
the Crow Indian Reservation.  The next summer July 1,
1887 Orril Cady, the youngest of the Cady children was
born.  In 1888 C.F. Cady had a contract to work on the
Cokedale branch of the Northern Pacific, having pur-
chased some new equipment.  His last railroad grade
was in 1889 on the Jefferson River section of the
Gallatin and Butte branch of the Northern Pacific.  After
this most of his work was on ditches, street work and
excavations in or near Livingston.  The excavation for
the original courthouse in Livingston was one of his
   Grandpa Cady's last years were spent on his farm at
Elton where he raised cattle and horses.  He died in his
buggy on his way from Livingston to his ranch July 23,
1903.  Grandma Cady died Feb. 6, 1908.  Both are
buried in Livingston's Mountain View Cemetery.  By
Morris Cady Glenn.

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