From the Oberlin Herald , pg 1
MRS. VIOLA CASTER PASSES AWAY FRIDAY - Had lived in Decatur County more than fifty years.
In the passing of Mrs. Viola Caster, Oberlin, and Decatur County loses one of its earliest settlers, and one whose life of noble Christian example was an inspiration to her children, her neighbors and the entire community in which she resided for more than fifty years.   The Federated Church and Sunday School loses one of its staunchest supporters and most cheerful workers.
For several weeks Mrs. Caster had been fighting that great destroyer of human life, cancer, and tho she must have realized the hopelessness of the struggle she made no complaint, and had only cheering words for the loved ones who were calling at her bedside.
VIOLA GREEN was born in Meigs County, Ohio; her parents being Abbott Greene and Julia Crowell Greene.   Her early education was had in the rural schools near her parents' home, and later she attended an academy in Wilkesville.  In 1875 she was married to Luther Moore who died June 21, 1877. One daughter, Chloe, was born to this union; who afterward became Mrs. Howard Vale, and preceded her mother in death December 31, 1910.
On June 1879 Mrs. Moore started for Kansas with Oberlin as her destination.  On her arrival at Buffalo Park Station on June 12th she was met by Daniel Caster, who was raised in the same neighborhood in Ohio as Mrs. Moore, and had known her from childhood. Mr. Caster's first wife had died before he came to Kansas in 1878, leaving him the care of four children, and he had asked Mrs. Moore to share his lot and mother his children; she had consented and the trip to Kansas was the result.
Before leaving Buffalo Park Station they hunted up the Methodist minister and were united in marriage.  On the trip over to Oberlin (made in a covered wagon) they drove through a herd of Texas cattle and learned afterward there were 23,000 in the herd.
Mr. Caster's home was then a dugout which stood near the spot where the frame residence was later erected on the north end of Oberlin's present golf course.  But Mr. Caster had a sod house partly completed when Mrs. Caster arrived and they later moved to the new house.   A number of years later another and larger sod house was erected and in 1903 Mr. Caster had the large frame residence erected which is still standing.
During those early years Mr. Caster did quite a bit of freighting from Buffalo Park Station from Lenora and from Indianola in order to earn extra money above that derived from farming.
Several years ago when asked if they didn't have some pretty hard times during the early 80's Mrs. Caster answered "No, we didn't have hard times.  I enjoyed all of them"  And we believe the philosophy of life as then expressed by Mrs. Caster in that statement is indicative of her character and explains why she was one of the best liked women of the community.
Mrs. Caster embraced the Christian faith in early girlhood.  We are not sure whether she and Mr. Caster were charter member of the Oberlin Baptist Church at its organization or not, but if not, they joined shortly after its organization January 31, 1880, and Mrs. Caster was a faithful worker in that  church until its federation with the Christian Church, and with the Federated Church until recently.  Unless sickness prevented she could be depended on to be present at and teach a class in the Sunday School.  For years, Mrs. Caster acted as Clerk of the Oberlin Baptist Association and was ever a faithful and untiring worker in the cause of the church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Caster were born three children-- Fred G Caster of Oberlin; Westly Amer Caster of Lexington, Nebr; and Mrs. Bertha Taylor of Almena, Kansas.
The four older stepchildren, who, without doubt are appreciative of Mrs. Caster's influence, in their lives, are: Mrs. Nora Morton, of Oberlin; Mrs. Alice Gilbert, of Wellsville, Kans; H.O. Caster of New York City, and V. R. Caster of Olive Twp.
The deceased is survived by two sisters: Mrs. D. W. Morton of Bassettville township and Mrs. Cora C. Hawk, of Wilkesville, OH; and one brother Abbot M Greene of Canby, Calif.  One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Caster is also survived by 33 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Mr. Caster died in August 1914 and soon after Mrs. Caster moved to Oberlin and seven years ago had the residence erected on York Avenue where she made her home until her death, January 17, 1930 at the age of 75 years and 28 days.
Funeral services were held from the Federated Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and despite the very inclement weather the building didn't provide room for all who had gathered to pay their last respects to one they had known for so many years.
The Pastor, Rev. Wm. C. Heiskell conducted the service, taking as his text, Rev. 14:13: "Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them" The theme being the immeasurable influence of a life such as had been lived by the deceased.
Interment was in the family lot in the Oberlin Cemetery. 

Submitted by Elsie Morton Rarey