In 1885, he moved to Geneva Co AL with his parents. He was reared on the family farm and attended schools in what is now Houston Co AL. He once stated that his ancestors had come over from Ireland and settled in the Carolinas in Colonial times.
His parent, Charles A. Casey, died on Apr 9, 1897 in Geneva Co, AL at 39 years of age. This left Bunie Vesta with several small children with Carse only being 3 months old. Manuel had already married by this time. Alto who was 16 helped raise his younger siblings.9
Alto was a son of Bunie Vesta Maund in the census in Jun, 1900 in Gilleys, Dale Co, AL. Alto L May 1881 19 AL.2
In 1901, he paid real estate tax in both Dale and Geneva counties. Houston Co was created in 1903. In 1904, he paid real estate tax in Geneva Co AL.
On 19 Nov 1909, Alto became a member of the Supreme Lodge of the Knights of Pyhthias in Wicksburg AL Lodge No 286. He was suspended in Dec 1914 for failure to pay dues of $2.00.
Alto Lee Casey was the Head of Household in the census in 1910 in Wicksburg, Houston Co, AL. Alto L. Casey 21 m1 4 AL AL AL farmer owns free farm, Dera 24 m1 4 2/2 AL AL AL, Fred 3 AL, Vesta 1 2/12. Living next door to Alto's mother.3
When Alto paid real estate tax for Geneva Co AL in 1912, his residence was listed as Taylor AL.Before 1913, Alto and Dera moved to Slocomb AL where he owned a home but he still gave most of his attention to the family farm. Sons Ernest and Glen were born in Slocomb.
In 1917 in Geneva Co, AL. on his World War I draft registration card, Alto lists his height and build as medium and his hair and eyes are dark.4
In 1919, his father in law, Julius Edward Cox, took Alto and two of Julius's sons in as stock holders in his hardware business and formed Cox Hardware Co. The firm owned its store building on Commerce Street, a warehouse and also had 320 acres of land a mile north of Slocomb and 40 acres one mile southeast.
Alto Lee Casey was the Head of Household in the census in 1920 in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL. Alto L. 38 hardware merchant AL AL AL, Dera 33 AL AL FL, Fred 12 yyy AL, Vesta 10 AL yyy, Sam 8 y AL, Earnest 6 AL, Glenn 2 6/12 AL.1
On 22 Jan 1922, Cox Hardware sold Alto 53 acres of the following land for $800 plus assuming the balance of a $1,000 mortage. The NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 31, Township 2, Range 25, less 2 acres of on the east side of the Graceville road deeded to J. R Justice, also 15 acres off of the North side of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 6,Township 1, Range 25.
During his time in Slocomb, Alto was a member of the Slocomb City Council for 8 years, an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the Slocomb School Board for 6 years.. He was President of Slocomb Mercantile Co which did a prosperous business as a general supply house. His business partner and a store employee were bad to drink. Alto who did not drink would find their hidden liquor and pour it out. Each of the others thought the other had drunk it. By 1927, his farming interests had increased to 240 acres.
Alto Lee Casey was the Head of Household in the census in 1930 in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL. Alto L Casey 48 m1@24 AL AL AL hardware store proprietor, Dera 44m1@20 AL AL AL, Ernest C 15 AL AL AL, Alto G 13 AL AL AL. Alto's mother was living next door.5
According to the 1940 US census, the family was living in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL on April 1, 1935. Alto Lee Casey and Dera Mae Cox.
Alto Lee Casey was the Head of Household in the census in 1940 in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL. Alto Casey 56 AL furniture store proprietor, completed 4yr high school ; Dera 55 AL, completed 5 yrs school; Earnest 25 AL, completed 4 yrs high school, gasoline filling station proprietor; Glenn 23 AL, completed 4 yrs high school, farm products dealer; Thelma sil 38 AL, completed 4 yrs high school.12
On Aug 10, 1942 Alto. was made a buy or sell offer by partner and brother in law Charlie Cox. With his sons all involved in other things including the war, he sold out and returned to his true love of farming.
Alto Lee Casey was the Head of Household in the census in 1950 in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL. Alto L Casey 69 AL oversees far, Dera 64 AL, Thelma 49 AL sil operator of Beauty Shop.
Alto died on Jan 10, 1953 in Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL at 71 years of age. of bladder cancer.6,7 Alto was buried in Pleasant Hill Bapt Ch Cem, Slocomb, Geneva Co, AL. Find A Grave Memorial # is 68671466.13
1920 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 239; ancestry.com.
1900 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 238; ancestry.com.
1910 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 243; ancestry.com.
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Custom Id: 240; ancestry.com.
1930 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 245; ancestry.com.
Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974. Custom Id: 246; ancestry.com.
Alabama Deaths, 1908-59. Custom Id: 247; ancestry.com.
History of Alabama, Vol 2 p712, Biography of Nathan Richard Phillips and Mary Casey. Custom Id: 30; personal copy.
Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church Cemetery records. Custom Id: 22; Love Houston Memorial Library, ,, Dothan, Houston Co, AL. Call Number: 929.3761 PAL ???
Geneva County Alabama Marriage Records. Custom Id: 559; LDS Church microfilm.
Geneva County Alabama Marriage Records. Custom Id: 563; personal copy.
1940 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 639; ancestry.com.
Find A Grave. Custom Id: 48; online.
Social Security Death Index. Custom Id: 26; ancestry.com.