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Casad-LaRock family papers

Identifier: Ms-0522

Content Description

The Casad-LaRock family papers consist of materials such as papers and photographs from the Casad-LaRock families, descendants of Humboldt Casad. The Casad-LaRock family papers span the years 1900 to 1980s. They include items related to Gertrude Casad and her husband Wilford “Bill” Charles LaRock. There is a series composed of Emmit and Daisy Lindsey, which were close family friends, which also Bill was the executor of Daisy’s estate when Daisy passed away. The collection is arranged into seven series, which include Gertrude Casad-LaRock, Wilford Charles LaRock, Casad-LaRock children, Humboldt and Mattie Maude Casad, Emmit and Daisy Lindsey, genealogical material and lastly photographs. The papers are arranged alphabetically by subject and then correspondence at the end of each series.


  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1980

Biographical / Historical

Gertrude “Gay” Casad was born on September 26, 1917 in Canutillo, Texas to Humboldt Casad and Mattie Maud Garrison Casad. Gertrude attended and graduated from Valley High School in Anthony, New Mexico in 1935 and then pursued her college undergraduate education in Texas State College for Women and graduated in 1940. In April 27, 1944, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps, worked in military air transport, and later assigned to flight control. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, she attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and graduated in 1949 with a Master in Business Administration. While attending Cornell University, Gertrude and Wilford Charles "Bill" met in 1947 and married in 1949 at the Casad family farm. Bill and Gertrude had five children John Bruce, Kenneth, Wilford Jr., Richard and Laurie. Gertrude was an educator and homemaker and lived in La Union area for the majority of her life. On April 28, 1995 she passed away and is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Wilford Charles “Bill” LaRock was born on July 4, 1922 in Canada to Joseph LaRock and Clara Mattice. Bill attended Ithaca High School in Ithaca, New York and graduated in 1939. After graduating high school, he enrolled at Cornell University and excelled in both academics and in collegiate sports. Bill obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell. After graduating college and getting married at the Casad family farm in La Union, the LaRock’s moved to New York. In December of 1950, Bill and Gertrude made their way back to the Casad family farm to help out and to live on the farm. Along with assisting with the family farm, Bill and his brother Adelard Leon (Rocky) LaRock began a CPA firm known as LaRock and LaRock in Anthony, Texas. Bill was a partner at the CPA firm, which lasted for many decades and eventually was taken over by Rocky’s children. Bill was involved in family farm and in the accounting business for many years and in 1998, at the age of 76 he passed away.


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The collection contains the family papers of Wilford “Bill” LaRock and Gertrude “Gay” Casad-LaRock. Gertrude Casad, the daughter of Humbodlt and Matti Maude Casad married Bill LaRock in 1949. These papers consist of family papers regarding the Casad and LaRock families, as well as close family friends Emmit and Daisy Lindsey.

Related Materials

Donald Casad Bennett family papers. Ms 0456. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.
Casad-Mandell family papers. Ms 0470. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.
Casad-Lane family papers, 1840- 1990. Ms 0440. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Condition Description

Varies greatly

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Olguin, (February, 2019).
Guide to the Casad-LaRock family papers
Finding aid by Jennifer Olguin
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA