Cash Pond was once a considerable body of water in the southwest corner of West Marion township, where Pigeon Creek and the Slough empty into Crab Orchard Creek. It had a great reputation as a fishing place at one time, and young John A. Logan played a practical joke there. His Marion friends invited him for a day’s fishing, and bragged about what big fish came out of their lake.
“Black Jack” Logan answered that the better the fisherman, the bigger the fish, regardless of the waters. Then he prepared to make good his boast. He sent to his cousins over on the river, had them buy the biggest catfish in the nets, and send it to him alive. Somehow, he got it out to the fishing ground secretly and onto his own hook when no one was looking. You may be sure he had called up a considerable audience before he landed it, and the fish became a nine days’ wonder. People drove into Marion to be sure the tales of Logan’s big fish approached reality, and many a hopeful fisherman cast his line into Cash Pond. But Logan’s fish was never duplicated.
William Cash was the first of the family in the county, and made an 1852 land entry in Southern Township. Claiborne J. Cash was postmaster and storekeeper at Sulphur Springs.
(Extracted from Pioneer Folks and Places, Barbara Barr Hubbs, 1939, on sale at the Williamson County Museum)