Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 405] a resident of New Castle, is an extensive dealer in all kinds and grades of coal, flag-stone paving, hearths and chimney tops; his office and yards are at No. 164 South Mill Street. He also conducts a grocery store at No. 301 South Mill Street. He is the eldest of six children born to his parents, John and Louisa (Buchanan) Cage; the latter our subject's mother, was a daughter of James Buchanan, a native of England, who married a Miss Babcock, who was born in Vermont. John Cage was born in Pittsburg, March 18, 1817, a son of Robert Cage, who married a Miss Cowell; by occupation and choice of pursuits, John Cage was a farmer, and also a mill owner.

Robert E. Cage was born in Crawford County, near Little Cooley, Dec. 31, 1849; he was reared in his native county, and attended the district school when opportunities were offered, when he was not laboring on the farm or in the oil region. He then learned the carpenter's trade, and supported himself at that vocation for a number of years, and next became a speculator in tools of various kinds, after which he kept a hotel. In May, 1881, he came to Lawrence County, and for two years thereafter was employed as engineer for the Hope Furnace Co. In 1883, he took up his residence in New Castle, and worked as engineer for the railroad company, the glass works and others for a period of three years, and then bought a confectionery store and conducted it with profit two years and a half. Then he was interested in the livery business for the space of a year and then after working a few months at his trade of a carpenter, in 1893, he went into the coal business, and has since taken to contracting and to supplying stone flagging, sewer pipe, hearths, and chimney tops, making a specialty of the two last items.

Mr. Cage was married, Feb. 25, 1878, at Edinburg, Pa., to Hattie B. Van Horne, daughter of William and Mary A. (Moorehead) Van Horne, and six children have cemented this union: Myrtle Maude; Charles Milford; George Andley; Grace Emmett, deceased; Robert Henry; and Nahoma Marie. Mrs. Cage is a member of the Baptist Church, and a zealous laborer in religious work. Our subject is a Republican in his politics, and has served the city one year as street commissioner. He is a member of Western Star Lodge, Knights of Pythias, No. 160, also of the Protected Home Circle, New Castle Lodge, No. 5. He has been a member in years past of the junior Order of United American Mechanics, and also of the A. O. U. W.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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