Cass County, Missouri

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Cass County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Cass County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1835
Named for Lewis Cass
Seat Harrisonville
Largest city Belton
Area
 • Total 702 sq mi (1,818 km2)
 • Land 697 sq mi (1,805 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (15 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 101,603
 • Density 143/sq mi (55/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.casscounty.com

Cass County is a county located in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 99,478.[1] Its county seat is Harrisonville.[2] The county was organized in 1835 as Van Buren County but was renamed in 1849 after U.S. Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan who later became a presidential candidate.[3][4]

Cass County is part of the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The Harrisonville area was originally inhabited by the Dhegihan Native American subgroup. The Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Ponca and Kansa tribes make up this Siouan linguistic group. The Kansa tribal range extended southward from the Kansas-Missouri River junction as far as the northern edge of Bates County, Missouri, taking in the sites of modern Pleasant Hill, Garden City, Archie and Drexel. On their southeastern border they were neighbors of the Osage, although there is no evidence that either of these tribes ever had a truly permanent settlement in the territory of Cass County.

Early camp meetings southwest of Harrisonville often had as many as 500 Indians in attendance, as they seemed to enjoy the religious services as much as the white settlers.[5] These visitors were reported to be Shawnee and Delaware, both speaking related Algonquian languages.[5]

In 1818 a grant of land in southern Missouri was made to some Delawares, but it was receded by them in 1825, and most of them moved to a reservation in Kansas, while others had previously gone to Texas. Those who remained in the Harrisonville area were close relatives of the Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo tribes.

The first American settler on the site of modern Harrisonville was James Lackey in 1830. Other early settlers were Humphrey Hunt, John Blythe and Dr. Joseph Hudspeth. Lackey was considered a "squatter," as he built a cabin and enclosed a small field on the tract of public land taken for county seat purposes.

The site of the town was fixed under an act of the Missouri General Assembly in 1835, by David Waldo of Lafayette County and Samual Hink and William Brown, both of Jackson County. In the same year, the first court met for the county, known as Van Buren County. The Justices James McClellan and William Savage met in McClellan's residence about three miles (5 km) southeast of Peculiar on September 14, 1835. William Lyon was appointed clerk of the court and county government was organized, including the establishment of Grand River Township.

In the spring of 1837 the town of Harrisonville was located by Enoch Rice, Francis Prine and Welcome Scott, who had been appointed commissioners by the state legislature in the winter of 1836. These commissioners in company with Martin Rice, the county surveyor, met at the home of John Cook on April 3, 1837 and finally decided on Lackey's preemption claim. In May they laid off the town in lots 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the northeast and northwest quarters of Section 4, Township 44N., Range 31W. Within these 160 acres (0.65 km2) there were to be four streets: Wall and Pearl running east to west, Lexington and Independence going north and south, each less than 40 feet wide. Fleming Harris was appointed town commissioner on April 8, 1837. The first town lots were sold on June 12 of that year; those facing the public square sold at $20 each, the others at $10.

"Democrat" was strongly urged as a name for the new town but was finally rejected. Instead, the town was named after U.S. Representative Albert G. Harrison from Missouri.

On October 8, 1835, the first church in Harrisonville was organized in the county two miles southwest of town known as Hopewell or New Hope Baptist.

The first house within the town was erected by Jason L. Dickey in 1836.

The first jail in Harrisonville and second for the county was established in 1838. Its site was 312 S. Independence. One of its successors is listed among the state's historic sites.

Harrisonville eventually was served by railroad lines presently known as the Missouri Pacific and the Frisco. Railroad construction was responsible for the notorious "Gunn City Massacre," the background of which began in 1857. Cass County approved a large stock subscription for the Pacific Railroad Company. This corporation later surrendered the bonds to the new Saint Louis and Santa Fe Railroad, from whence they were still later assigned to the Land Grant Railroad & Construction Company of New York. Citizens of Cass County sought by injunction to prevent the funding of these bonds, but by legal maneuvering and collusion, a new set of bonds was issued secretly. Basically the outraged populace viewed this development as a sophisticated maneuver to benefit the holders of bonds that had become worthless by re-obligating the county to pay those same bonds. Three men who helped to perpetrate this swindle, including the county attorney and a judge of the county court, were shot and killed on April 24, 1872 while on board a Katy railroad spur between Bryson, Missouri and Paola, Kansas (in or near what is now known as Gunn City). Forty-one men were arrested and brought to trial for these killings, but there were no convictions. At the time of the shootings, a Republican newspaper, belonging to Mr. Porter J. Coston, in Harrisonville, Missouri, was burned by the same mob.[6][7]

The year before the Civil War, 12 cities in Missouri had population of approximately 2,500 or more. Harrisonville ranked 37th with a population of 675. In 1863 the town was depopulated, and most of the buildings burned, the jail among them . Fort Harrisonville was a Union stronghold for a brief period in 1863 and provided protection for loyal Union families.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 702 square miles (1,820 km2), of which 697 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) (0.8%) is water.[8]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,693
1850 6,090 29.8%
1860 9,794 60.8%
1870 19,296 97.0%
1880 22,431 16.2%
1890 23,301 3.9%
1900 23,636 1.4%
1910 22,973 −2.8%
1920 21,536 −6.3%
1930 20,962 −2.7%
1940 19,534 −6.8%
1950 19,325 −1.1%
1960 29,702 53.7%
1970 39,748 33.8%
1980 51,029 28.4%
1990 63,808 25.0%
2000 82,092 28.7%
2010 99,478 21.2%
Est. 2016 102,845 [9] 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 82,092 people, 30,168 households, and 22,988 families residing in the county. The population density was 117 people per square mile (45/km²). There were 31,677 housing units at an average density of 45 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.62% White, 1.42% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Approximately 2.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 30,168 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.60% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 20.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $49,562, and the median income for a family was $55,258. Males had a median income of $39,001 versus $26,174 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,073. About 4.20% of families and 5.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.00% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Cass County Public Library[15]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

Republicans held twelve of the thirteen elected positions in the county as of the 2014 election.

Cass County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Bob Huston Republican
Circuit Clerk Kim York Republican
County Clerk Michael Vinck Republican
Collector Pam Shipley Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Jeff Cox Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Monty Kisner Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jimmy Odom Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Ben Butler Republican
Public Administrator Melody Folsom Republican
Recorder Mike Medsker Republican
Sheriff Jeff Weber Republican
Treasurer Steve Cheslik Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 56.05% 28,571 40.64% 20,713 3.31% 1,688
2012 49.19% 23,837 47.81% 23,168 3.00% 1,454
2008 45.77% 22,592 52.18% 25,754 2.05% 1,010
2004 53.53% 23,538 44.97% 19,772 1.49% 659
2000 52.74% 18,777 45.18% 16,084 2.08% 742
1996 38.32% 11,038 59.21% 17,055 2.47% 710

Cass County is divided into five legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, four of which are held by Republicans and one by a Democrat.

  • District 33 – Donna Pfautsch (R-Harrisonville). Consists of the communities of East Lynne, Gunn City, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, and Strasburg.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 33 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donna Pfautsch 7,211 70.06% -1.52
Democratic Chase Linder 3,082 29.94% +15.33
Missouri House of Representatives — District 33 — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donna Pfautsch 3,767 71.58% +8.43
Democratic Syed Asif 769 14.61% -22.24
Libertarian Matthew Stephens 727 13.81% +13.81
Missouri House of Representatives — District 33 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donna Pfautsch 5,838 63.15%
Democratic Ron Harvey 3,407 36.85%
  • District 37 — Joe Runions (D-Grandview). Consists of parts of the cities of Lake Winnebago and Raymore.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 37 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Runions 1,601 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 37 — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Runions 748 100.00% +59.05
Missouri House of Representatives — District 37 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Runions 819 40.95%
Republican Nola Wood 1,181 59.05%
  • District 55 – Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville). Consists of the communities of Garden City, Peculiar, and parts of Lake Winnebago and Raymore.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 55 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rick Brattin 12,350 63.37% -36.63
Democratic Ashley Beard-Fosnow 7,139 36.63% +36.63
Missouri House of Representatives — District 55 — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rick Brattin 8,362 100.00% +35.50
Missouri House of Representatives — District 55 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rick Brattin 11,747 64.50%
Democratic Jim White 6,465 35.50%
  • District 56 — Dan Bonden (R-Belton). Consists of the communities of Belton, Cleveland, Drexel, Freeman, Lake Annette, and a tiny sliver of Kansas City.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 56 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jack Bondon 10,764 68.60% +2.31
Democratic DJ Rash 4,927 31.40% -2.31
Missouri House of Representatives — District 56 — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jack Bondon 5,259 66.29% +1.15
Democratic Patty Johnson 2,674 33.71% -1.15
Missouri House of Representatives — District 56 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chris Molendrop 9,776 65.14%
Democratic Patty Johnson 5,231 34.86%
  • District 57 — Wanda Brown (R-Lincoln). Consists of the communities of Archie and Creighton.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 57 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Wanda Brown 1,291 66.31% +10.87
Democratic William A. Grimes 656 33.69% +2.50
Missouri House of Representatives — District 57 — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Wanda Brown 622 55.44% -6.04
Democratic William A. Grimes 350 31.19% -7.33
Constitution Butch Page 150 13.37% +13.37
Missouri House of Representatives — District 57 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Wanda Brown 1,114 61.48%
Democratic Don Bullock 698 38.52%

All of Cass County is a part of Missouri’s 31st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Ed Emery (R-Lamar).

Missouri Senate — District 31 — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ed Emery 34,934 72.71% +9.68
Libertarian Lora Young 7,168 14.92% +14.92
Independent Tim Wells 5,944 12.37% +12.37
Missouri Senate — District 31 — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ed Emery 29,721 63.03%
Democratic Charles A. Burton 17,432 36.97%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 27,532 54.12% +9.55
Democratic Jason Kander 20,628 40.55% -6.24
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 1,542 3.03% -5.61
Green Johnathan McFarland 594 1.17% +1.17
Constitution Fred Ryman 578 1.14% +1.14
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 21,557 44.57%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 22,626 46.79%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 4,179 8.64%

Cass County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — Cass County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 34,998 69.61% -0.01
Democratic Gordon Christensen 13,198 26.25% +1.33
Libertarian Mark Bliss 2,082 4.14% -1.32
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — Cass County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 17,869 69.62% +13.27
Democratic Nate Irvin 6,396 24.92% -15.54
Libertarian Herschel L. Young 1,400 5.46% +2.99
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 4th Congressional District — Cass County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 27,169 56.35%
Democratic Teresa Hensley 19,505 40.46%
Libertarian Thomas Holbrook 1,192 2.47%
Constitution Greg Cowan 348 0.72%

Political Culture[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.4% 33,098 28.9% 14,846 6.7% 3,466
2012 63.0% 30,912 34.7% 17,044 2.3% 1,148
2008 59.0% 29,695 39.4% 19,844 1.6% 802
2004 61.6% 27,253 37.7% 16,681 0.6% 283
2000 56.1% 20,113 41.6% 14,921 2.3% 835
1996 46.5% 13,495 40.5% 11,743 13.0% 3,772
1992 34.6% 10,349 34.3% 10,246 31.1% 9,310
1988 55.8% 12,799 44.0% 10,092 0.3% 67
1984 65.8% 14,456 34.2% 7,517
1980 52.8% 10,105 42.9% 8,198 4.4% 831
1976 44.0% 7,182 55.2% 9,008 0.9% 140
1972 71.2% 9,242 28.8% 3,731
1968 45.1% 5,271 38.3% 4,468 16.6% 1,938
1964 35.5% 3,665 64.5% 6,658
1960 53.3% 6,523 46.7% 5,718
1956 50.1% 5,589 49.9% 5,575
1952 54.0% 6,000 45.8% 5,089 0.1% 13
1948 40.0% 3,614 59.9% 5,415 0.2% 16
1944 51.8% 4,687 48.1% 4,347 0.1% 7
1940 47.6% 4,983 52.3% 5,479 0.2% 17
1936 41.3% 4,070 58.2% 5,731 0.5% 52
1932 34.0% 3,009 65.2% 5,772 0.8% 66
1928 59.1% 5,299 40.7% 3,647 0.2% 18
1924 42.2% 3,610 55.0% 4,709 2.8% 242
1920 44.2% 4,055 54.8% 5,030 1.1% 100
1916 38.0% 2,104 60.2% 3,337 1.9% 103
1912 18.4% 1,034 57.7% 3,247 23.9% 1,346
1908 39.8% 2,193 57.1% 3,143 3.1% 168
1904 44.4% 2,375 51.4% 2,750 4.3% 229
1900 37.9% 2,162 58.7% 3,350 3.5% 200
1896 35.5% 2,229 63.3% 3,975 1.2% 75
1892 35.2% 1,908 55.9% 3,027 8.9% 481
1888 40.0% 2,095 57.6% 3,015 2.4% 124

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 6,500, than any candidate from either party in Cass County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Cass County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 3,195 (31.28%)
Mike Huckabee 3,033 (29.70%)
Mitt Romney 3,324 (32.55%)
Ron Paul 477 (4.67%)
Cass County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 6,500 (59.76%)
Barack Obama 3,995 (36.73%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 302 (2.78%)

Communities[edit]

Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated Communities

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 272. 
  4. ^ "Disappearing Missouri Names". The Kansas City Star. March 19, 1911. p. 15. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ a b The History of Cass and Bates Counties, Missouri. National Historical Company, Saint Joseph, Missouri. 1883. p. 272. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nome and Seward: History, Biography, Descriptions, and Stories," by E.S. Harrison, Google Digitized Books, (p. 337)
  7. ^ O'Flaherty, Daniel C. "General Jo Shelby:Undefeated Rebel," (University of North Carolina Press) 1954; ISBN 0-8078-4878-6; republished, 2000.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  15. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Cass County Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further reading[edit]

  • Glenn, Allen. History of Cass County, Missouri (1917) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°39′N 94°21′W / 38.65°N 94.35°W / 38.65; -94.35