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Cashen, Sadie King & Tom

by Frank Cashen
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Thomas Cashen came to Alaska in 1896, from Ishpeming, Michigan, with his brothers Jeremiah (Jerry), John, Frank and Dan. They had been preceded, in 1894, by their sister Mary Cashen and brother-in-law John J. Penglase.

Mary Penglase died in December 1894, and the family sent for her sister Catherine (Katie) Cashen to come from Michigan to help take care of the Penglase children. She came and married John J. Penglase in August 1895. All the brothers went to work in the Treadwell Mines. Thomas was a blacksmith as was his brother-in-law Penglase.

It was Nick and Alice King’s daughter Sarah (Sadie) who married Thomas (Tom) Cashen in 1901. The wedding was one of the major events of the 1901 social season in Douglas. Tom and Sadie Cashen had nine children, three girls and six boys. After the Treadwell cave-in in 1917, Tom worked for the Alaska-Juneau Mine on the Juneau side of the channel until his death in 1931.

All of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered in Douglas and Juneau to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their hometown, Douglas, Alaska. Tom and Sadie’s eight children had a total of 21 children and these in turn had 25 children. Most of these descendants were in Juneau in July 1980, for this centennial year celebration.