Robert McCaskey, deceased, for many years one of the prominent and influential busines men of Toledo, was born in Delta, Fulton county, Ohio in December, 1837. His father, Matthew McCaskey, was the third man to settle with his family in Fulton county, and was a leading figure in the settlement of the county. Robert McCaskey's scholastic education was exceedingly limited, as the schools of the day were inadequate and afforded instruction in but few branches, but the knowledge he acquired in the schools of experience and hardship marked him as a leader in all walks of life. His business career in Toledo began in 1877, although he did not move his family there until 1885. He dealt in real estate, and his office became known throughout the State as the most progressive and enterprising of its kind. Prior to 1891, Mr. McCaskey conducted his business under his own name, but , in the above mentioned year, his son, Fred, having completed his collegiate course, was taken into partnership and the firm became known as Robert McCaskey & Son. In addition to his large realty interests, Mr. McCaskey was one of the largest oil operators in the State of Ohio. It was through his industry and enterprise that many of the manufacturing institutions which now contribute largely to Toledo's wealth and activity were induced to locate in the city. His activities were not confined to his own business endeavors alone, as he was a member of the board of directors and an appraiser in the Co-operative Building & Loan Company, a stockholder in the Norwood Land Company and a member of the Fitch syndicate, besides being interested in several local building and loan companies. He held the titles, also, to considerable tracts of land in Southern Michigan and Indiana. In 1864, Mr. McCaskey was united in marriage to Miss Esther Murphy, of Napoleon, Ohio, where the ceremony was performed. Two children were the issue of this union. The elder, Fred. E. McCaskey, of whom a memoir appears elsewhere in this volume, was drowned at Walbridge Park, Sept. 28, 1904; and the younger is Mrs. T. B. Allen, of 3152 Collingwood avenue, Toledo. Mr. McCaskey's death was sudden and came as a great shock to all who had known him in business and social life. On April 29, 1898, he drove to the west side of the city to attend to some business affairs. While traveling along Main street, a runaway horse attached to a grocery delivery wagon came tearing down the street. Just before the animal came opposite to Mr. McCaskey, it swerved just enough to allow the rig to collide with his buggy, and he was thrown out, his head striking the hard stone pavement. Startled spectators rushed to his side, but he was unconscious. Park's ambulance was hurriedly summoned, and he was conveyed to his office in the Gardner building and thence to his home at 3152 Collingwood avenue. Medical aid was immediately summoned and, under the influence of stimulants, he regained consciousness for a time. Soon afterward, however, he again sank into a stupor which constantly grew heavier until death relieved his suffering, three days after the accident, May 2, 1898. Mrs. McCaskey never wholly recovered from the shock of her husband's demise, and six months later, Nov. 1, 1898, she too passed away. Upright and honorable in all his dealings, sane, conservative and confident, Mr. McCaskey won many close friends. Aside from his business and family he had few outside associations, although for a time he was allied with the Napoleon, Ohio, Blue lodge of the Masonic order. In his passing, Toledo lost one of its foremost citizens, and one to whom was largely due a great measure of success in commercial lines.
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