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James Robert Cade

(June 15, 1845 - November 5, 1912)

 
 
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Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Born in England in 1845, James Robert Cade immigrated to the United States in mid-1869, arriving in Harrisburg, Texas, in 1873 with his new bride, Annie Mortimer, also of English descent. James Robert previously trained in England as a railroad carpenter and car builder, experience that helped him find employment as a rail car builder with a small railroad located in Harrisburg, the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway Company. For the next eighteen years, the couple made their home in Harrisburg, where they raised four sons as John Robert advanced to executive status with Southern Pacific Railway Company, which acquired the GH&SA and the Texas & New Orleans Railway.

In 1885, Cade was designated master car builder for SP, Atlantic System, which entailed managing the rail car repair division. Private cars manufactured during Cade’s tenure were of the highest quality and craftsmanship, using the latest technology and finest materials available to the industry. He was an innovator in the national railroad conversion of all rail cars from harvested timbers to iron beams. His 1892 iron rigging design was adopted nationally for safe and better
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transport ability.

In addition to his distinguished career, he co-founded and was very active in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Houston’s Fifth Ward, was elected president of the Mechanics Building and Loan Association and, as a member of the Masons, received the Order of High Priesthood in 1895. Cade Rothwell Lodge No. 1151 AF&AM, chartered in 1921, was named in his honor. Through his innovation and civic leadership, James Robert Cade significantly contributed to the economic development of Texas following the Civil War.
 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18498.)
 
Location. 29° 45.982′ N, 95° 23.202′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue. Touch for map. James Cade is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Section C-3, Lot 068. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2525 Washington Avenue, Houston TX 77007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Darius Gregg (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene Thomas Heiner (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Sherman Kendall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caspar Braun
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(about 300 feet away); Anson Jones (about 500 feet away); Irvin Capers Lord (about 500 feet away); James S. and Alfred T. Lucas (about 600 feet away); Archibald Wynns (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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