The Cable family on the 4th of July 1877

A 4th of July celebration 1877 in Greene, Iowa

Chancey Cable lived in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and Washington. He ran a saloon in Greene, Iowa with his brother John.  He was a railroad contractor, gold & silver miner and owned a tugboat called “New Era” at his death in 1910 in Port Townsend, Washington.

In 1877 Chancey Cable and his family were living on a farm in Pleasant Grove, Iowa, near Greene where they had a big 4th of July celebration with: the Greene Band, baseball, a parade, a picnic dinner, races, fireworks, a baby show, horse races, a bowery dance and ice cream.


Described in the July 5, 1877 Butler County Press newspaper : THE CELEBRATION. A Complete Success. The morning of the Fourth dawned favorably, the sun arose and smiled pleasantly on Greene, and all of our citizens were alive and stirring at an early hour, everybody on the alert, endeavoring to have everything in the best of order for the eventful day, while Marble Rock was asleep, holding sweet counsels with Morpheus while indulging in her usual morning doze. A black cloud hung off in the direction of Clarksville a warning to the people of that benighted town of the gloom and silence that was to pervade all who tarried for the slim celebration there.”

Chancey was in the ‘picked nine’ baseball game, “Chauncey Cable came to bat and knocked a fly clear off into a foreign country and while some of the unfortunate Actives groped for it two tallies were slipped in. An unfortunate miss throw let in Cable and S. Thomas, and other fine scores were made and the shouts that arose for the picked nine were fairly deafening. Although the picked nine had the inconvenience of two extra men and double play they won laurels ever to be remembered and their names will be carried down to posterity.” And he was in the races, “4th of July festivities Chancey takes 2nd money in the foot race”.

Saloon keepers

The rest of the Cable family probably attended too. Jonathan, the dad, was 70 and Charlotte, the 2nd mom, was 46. Chancey was 27, siblings John was 30, William was 25, Sarah was 23 and Violetta was 20. The Cable brothers sold their salon in 1878, by 1880 John, Chancey and Sarah were in Wisconsin. Violetta left for Minnesota in 1884. William stayed in Greene and farmed, his daughter Gladys was born in 1913 in Pleasant Grove Township, Floyd County, Iowa.