Cass County Historical Commission Members
C. Abigail Schten, Chair
Al Smouse, Vice Chair
Alan Palmer, Secretary
The Commission meets at 4:00 pm, the second Thursday of each month at the Cass District Libary, 319 M62, Cassopolis, MI. The public is welcome to attend.
Publications available through the Cass County, Michigan, Historical Commission.
1914 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25.00 plus $7.50 S&H) Atlas in color, soft cover, 18 x 14 1/2 inches and contains maps of each township, city, village and lake.
1860 Map of Cass, Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan ($25.00 plus $7.50 S&H) Book form reproduction of an original 6' x 6' wall map. Includes 69 plats of townships and villages, plus 45 illustrations from the three counties. Soft cover, 66 pages, 12 1/2" x 17", 1983. Indexed.
1872 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25.00 plus $7.50 S&H) The atlas includes maps of each of the county's townships, city and village plans, a railroad map, distances and population, and business directories. Soft cover. Indexed.
1896 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25.00 plus $7.50) This reprint of the 1896 standard atlas includes a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county. Indexed. 11" x 17" spiral bound.
Cass County A Brief History compiled by Mae R. Schoetzow ($12.00 plus $2.50 S&H) Originally published by The Marcellus News in 1935, A Brief History of Cass County recalls the days of the early settlers, organization of the townships and villages, and more.
A Dowagiac Collection by Berenice E. Vanderburg ($20.00 plus $2.50 S&H) Third edition reproduced by the Historical Commission. Includes bookmark with short biography of the author who died in 1999. Vanderburg, a writer for many years with the Dowagiac Daily News, shares stories of Dowagiac's history and residents. Hardbound, 213 pages. Indexed.
Historical Reflections of Cass County, Michigan ($20.00 plus $7.50) Printed through the combined efforts of the Cass County Historical Commission, Historical Society and Planning Department, Historical Reflections contains architectural, historical and archaeological information of Cass County. Photos and maps show the locations of many of the sites. Softbound, 147 pages, 1981.
History of Cass County, from 1825 to 1875 by Howard S. Rogers ($35.00 plus $5.00 S&H) The first reprinted edition of Rogers' history. Complete with expanded index. Hardbound.
History of Cass County, Michigan by A. Mathews ($45.00 plus $7.50 S&H) This second reprint of the 1882 publication is one of the best sources of early Cass County History and Pioneers. The book is bound in dark red simulated leather with gold lettering. Reproduced by the Cass County Historical Commission. Hardbound, 471 pages, illustrated, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", ISBN 0-9615358-0-6, 1986. Indexed.
Historic Tours of Cass County, Michigan ($15.00 plus $3.50 S&H) Features six self-driving tours throughout the county. Includes the northern part of the county, US 12 from west to east, Dowagiac, Cassopolis, LaGrange, Glenwood, Charlestown, Wakelee, Jones and the Underground Railroad. Description of the sites and historical information provided. Spiral bound with map of Cass County enclosed. Compiled by Cass County Historical Commission. Edited by Grafton and Barbara Cook.
Historical Map of Cass County, Michigan ($10.00 plus $5.00 S&H) The hand drawn pictorial map of Cass County includes the county's city and villages, and historic sites. A brief history of the county, with color photos, is printed on the reverse side. In color, 30" x 36", can be framed.
Mail order to Cass County Historical Commission, c/o Cass District Library, 319 M-62 North, Cassopolis, MI 49031 or e-mail Cass District Library - Local History Branch Manager Jon Wuepper at firstname.lastname@example.org