Arizona Daily Star, 20 March 1936
James Cashion Dead on Coast
Built SP de Mex from Guaymas to Tepic; Owned Salt River Ranch
Los Angeles, March 19 – James A Cashion, 77, noted western railroad builder and prominent Arizona pioneer, died here today.
He suffered a fractured hip last Saturday when he fell in the living room of his home.
Funeral services will be held at 9 am Saturday at the Church of the Precious Blood. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery.
Cashion, who, as a railway contractor, was one of the builders of the Sante Fe and Southern Pacific railroad lines to the Pacific from the middle-west, settled in the Salt River valley in Arizona after retirement. He founded the town of Cashion, nine miles west of Phoenix.
He went to Arizona in the eighties as construction superintendent for Grant Brothers, a large building firm, to direct laying Santa Fe railroad track in the northern part of the state. Later he superintended building the Santa Fe’s tracks from Wickenburg to Parker.
Cashion spent most of his active years building railroads, and in his later years was president of the Grant Brothers company.
His final great building project was construction of a railroad line for the Southern Pacific of Mexico from Corral, near Guaymas, to Tepic, the capital of Nayarit. The work extended from 1905 until 1910.
After constructing the Mexican line Cashion retired and settled in the Salt River valley. He acquired 800 acres of land near Phoenix and found the community bearing his name.
He was president of the Reid-Cashion Cattle company with large interests near Seligman, Ariz.
He was greatly interested in development of irrigation and directed construction of the Arizona canal, one of the Salt River valley’s largest irrigation waterways.
During his early days of railroad building Cashion had many encounters with hostile Indians. He was wounded once, but always said of himself, “I bore a charmed life.”
In recent years he divided his time between Phoenix and Los Angeles.
He leaves his widow, a daughter Mrs Jean E Flanagan, Los Angeles, and a son JA Cashion of Cashion.