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Cassius M. and Cora M. (Garn) Jaqua, Jaqua

In 1870 Sandusky County, Ohio, Joseph Garns is 60, Sarah 35, Mary 11, Alice 10, Riley M. 8, Sarah 5, Cora M. 3, and Lottie nine months.

In 1880 Sandusky County, Ohio, Joseph Garn is 70, Sarah 45, Monroe 18, Ella 15, Cora 13, Lotta 10, Helena 8, Namaa 4, and Arthur ten months.

In 1855 Preble County, Ohio, Gamaliel Jaqua was president of the Teachers Institute, Christina T. Jaqua vice-president, Reuben Jaqua corresponding secretary.

GAMALIEL JAQUA was born in Prebel County, Ohio, December 30, 1828, and died at the home of his son in Warrensburg, Missouri, December 23, 1919. Burial was at Traer, Iowa. He grew to manhood in the county of his birth and served as county superintendent there several years.
He came to Tama County, Iowa, in 1866 and bought land at a dollar and a quarter an acre. He farmed and taught school. He served several years as justice of the peace and for ten years was a member of the board of supervisors. In 1875 he was elected representative and reelected in 1877, serving in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth general assemblies. In 1882 when James Wilson, who was editor of the Traer Clipper, was nominated for Congress, Mr. Jaqua bought his interest in that paper. Later he associated himself with E. E. Taylor in consolidating the Star and Clipper. However, he sold his interest to Mr. Taylor a year thereafter, but edited an agricultural department in the paper for years. He also wrote much for his two sons' papers at Humboldt,
Iowa, and at Warrensburg, Missouri.


In 1870 Tama County Iowa, Gamaliel Jaqua is 49, Christina 49, Eloisa 13, Reuben M. 11, Florence 9, Leonard 7, Cassius C. 5, Lydia 3, Albert 11, Elmer 9.

In 1880 Tama County Iowa, G. Jaqua is 50, Christine 49, with Cassius 14, Leonard 17, and John F. 10.

In 1887 Cassius was the postmaster for Jaqua, in Cheyenne County, Kansas.  That office was established  in June 1887.


Jaqua, Kansas town site was founded by brothers Ruben and Cassius (Cash) Jaqua who settled in the area in 1886. By February 1887, the land near the Colorado border had been surveyed and platted. The town was named Guy and the first application for the post office was for Tama. That application and the second application for the name Guy were both turned down by the postal system. In the meantime, expectations about the railroad coming through were fueling speculative ventures. A general store, a hotel and a newspaper were all established by the spring of 1887, and the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad had stakes set down within 10 miles of Guy. The town again sent a list of names to the Postal Department, and Cash Jaqua had written his name at the end of the list. The postal system decided on Jaqua, and in the spring of 1887, the Jaqua Townsite Company was formed.

The railroad never did come to Jaqua and the bad years of 1893-1894 prompted a number of settlers to leave the area. By 1918, when the post office closed its doors, the dream of Cassius Jaqua was gone.

 In 1916 the Topeka Kansas newspaper said "The Cynosure was the name of the paper printed in Jaqua, Cheyenne County, in the pioneer days.  The B & M. railroad wouldn't build any further than to St. Francis, twenty miles this side of Jaqua, and the paper quit."

Cassius cash-claimed  a quarter in 21, 4S 42W in 1890. Also in 1890, he cash-claimed a quarter in 33, 4S 42W - that's in KANSAS, but only a mile or so from the Colorado claim.

In 1900 Harrison County, Missouri, Cassius born Nov 1865 is an editor, with Cora M. Sept 1866 Ohio, with Vivian July 1888 Colorado, Clara January 1891 Iowa, and Pauline Dec 1899.

In 1910 Warrensburg, Missouri, Cassius is still a newspaper editor.  They have Vivian 21 a school teacher, Clara 19, Pauline 10, and Leo 6.

Jaqua Short-lived 1919 post office established northeast of Hale on the farm of A.H. Keiver who was the postmaster. The Jaqua post office was later re-established in Kansas. A Jaqua community and cemetery is in Kansas  just east of the Colorado-Kansas state line.

In 1920 Warrensburg, Cassius is still a newspaper editor, the three girls are school teachers, Leo 16 is in school, and Jo W. is 9.

C.M. and Cora had Jo Wilma Jaqua August 10, 1910 in Warrensburg, Missouri and she died May 2, 1929 in Kanss City.

C.M. Jaqua, born Nov 8, 1868 in Iowa to Gamaliel Jaqua of Ohio and Miss Thomas of Ohio, a newspaper printer, died Sept 7, 1923 in Warrensburg, Johnson County Missouri.   Widow Cora Jaqua was the informant.  # 86469150

Cora M. (Garn) Jaqua, 1866-1945 is also buried in Warrensburg

Vivian Eggleston (born Jaqua)

Clara Brock (born Jaqua)

Pauline married Adolph Taubert,  1924

G. Jaqua. father of Frank Jaqua Passed away at the home of his son Cassius M. Jaqua, at Warrensburg, Missouri, Dec. 23; 1919.  He   was ninety-one years of age. He had worked for more than fifty years.  Three of his sons had been times, newspaper men, and Cassius and   Frank had made that their professions. 

He died Dec 23, 1919, in Warrensburg, and is buried in Buckingham Cemetery, Tama County.

The 1922 "Fourth Estate" said that Frank Jaqua, editor of the Humboldt Iowa Republican, was appointed postmaster at Humboldt.  His father, the late G. Jaqua was publisher of the Trae Iowa, Clipper, and a brother C.M. Jaqua publishes the Warrensburg, Mo. Standard-Herald.

Reuben Monroe Jaqua 1858-1938 is buried in Saint Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas

First came to Cheyenne County, KS in 1885. Built first home in Wayno, later moved it to St. Francis. Homesteaded. Founding father of St. Francis, first County Surveyor, key politician, founded R M Jaqua Abstract Co. Farm manager for third parties. 

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