Cecil Vere Ashbaugh, Macoupin County IL Pictures

submitted by M Trover

I have had this mystery in my family for generations now. This photo is of an unknown male. He was from the Girard area at the turn of the century. He courted my grandmother Lois Gates, who later married Ed Trover of Carlinville. I was wondering if it is possible to put this photo and a brief explanation of what I know about him on the Macoupin Co. site? He signed all of his letters, postcards, and published things with initials only. He wrote this on a slant going downwards and used these initials:
All of the initials touched and looked like one name, although they are his initials we believe. I know he went west as he wrote back to Girard for chemicals from the Deck drugstore's Pete Deck. I feel they were really good friends as there are several postcards back and forth. He used these chemicals to develop the many photos he took. He and Pete had this similar interest. I have spoken with the Deck brothers of Girard, IL. They know nothing of CASH. I feel there is someone who might have a clue to this. My grandmother married another and he was heart broken. I have letters he continued to send her after the marriage. All of them ceased abruptly and I do not know if he died or just gave up. Please see if there is someway to ask the Macoupin County researchers for help on this.

Now, for the rest of the story. The mystery has been solved.


Born May 11, 1880 in Kansas, Died February 24, 1940 in Marion Co, OR.
He was the son of John Isaac ASHBAUGH and Sarah Ann LOUD.

Cecil's mother Sarah Ann LOUD ASHBAUGH was from the Virden Macoupin Co IL area.

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