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CASON, John Robert, Jr. M.D.
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.III, pg. 199
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
CASON, Jr., M.D., JOHN ROBERT. The name JOHN ROBERT CASON is a
distinguished one in Florida, due to the services of father and son, the one
in the Methodist ministry and the other in the field of medicine and surgery.
Doctor CASON has for many years carried on a large general practice at Delray,
in Palm Beach County, though for more than a year he was absent from his home
town doing service in France under the Red Cross.
His father, Rev. JOHN ROBERT CASON, was born in Anson County, North
Carolina. He was a boy when his parents moved to Arkansas and located on a
plantation in the rich valley of the Arkansas River, near Pine Bluff. When
only eighteen years of age he was made a local preacher in the Methodist
Church, South. He subsequently pursued the studies for the regular ministry,
was admitted as an itinerant and subsequently was regularly ordained in 1885.
From Arkansas he came to Florida in 1906, and has rendered many distinguished
services to his church here. His first assignment in the Florida conference
was the pastorate at Lakeland, where he built a church. He was then at Hyde
Park, Tampa, where he finished the church building begun under a former
pastor. He was then made presiding elder of the Bartow District, following
which he resumed his pastorate duties and at Miami built the Avenue C Church,
and was then successively pastor at Orlando and West Palm Beach. From West
Palm Beach he was called to his present duties as president of the Florida
Methodist Orphanage at Enterprise. Rev. JOHN R. CASON married REBECCAH
INGRAHAM, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Her father was the late Colonel
Ingraham, an Arkansas pioneer, a gallant Confederate officer in the Civil war,
and builder of the first brick store building in Pine Bluff.
Dr. JOHN ROBERT CASON, Jr., was born at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1881,
graduated from the high school of his native city in 1899, and spent one year
in Hendricks College. His medical education was acquired in the medical
department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he graduated in
1905. For a time he was located at Arkadelphia, serving as surgeon for the
Arkadelphia Lumber Company. However in the latter part of 1905 he came to
Delray, Florida, and has been busily engaged in the practice of his
profession. He is a member of the County, State and American Medical
associations. Doctor CASON is a director of the Bank of Delray, and was its
president from 1917 until 1918 when he entered the Red Cross service.
He enlisted in the American Red Cross Children’s Bureau. In August of
that year he went overseas with the unit of the bureau under the direction of
the famous Doctor Lucas of Boston. The bureau’s base in South Central France
was at St. Etienne, and here with two associate surgeons, Doctor CASON had
charge of 16,000 refugees. These surgeons performed almost herculean tasks in
taking charge of this great community of homeless people. He continued his
service under Doctor Lucas in France until March 1, 1919, and was then
assigned to duty with the Medical and Surgical Department of the Red Cross at
Paris until the latter part of April. He then returned to America and
received his honorable discharge in May.
While living at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Doctor CASON married Miss MARY
SLOAN. They have three children, ROY, JOANNA, MARY KATHERINE.
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