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HORACE S. CHASE, b. 1836

HORACE S. CHASE, b. 1836

Posted: 23 Aug 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 8 Jul 2001 7:27PM GMT
Surnames: CHASE, OSGOOD, SHERMAN, PICKENS, HART
From "The History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin; Lewis Publishing Co., 1891-pages 135 & 136

HORACE S. CHASE, a worthy agriculturist of Clark County, has been a resident of Wisconsin since his fifteenth year, and will be here allotted space in this biographical record of the county. He was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, in the town of Stockholm, June 13, 1836, and is a son of Theodore and Huldah (Osgood) Chase. Theodore Chase was born in New Hampshire, near Swanzey, and was a son of Abner Chase. He was reared in Vermont, served in the war of 1812, and was shoemaker by trade; he was also interested in farming; he took up his residence in St. Lawrence County, New York early in life, and there passed the remainder of his days. His death occurred in 1840. His wife was married a second time to Mr. Hart, of St. Lawrence County, New York, and both were killed by a runaway team about the year 1871.

Horace S. Chase is one of a family of ten children: John F., Frederick, Huldah, Philander, Caroline, Charles E., Emroy, Minerva and Lorenzo E. He was reared in the county in which he was born, received his education in the common schools and academics. Whe he first came to Wisconsin he worked on a farm during the summer season, and devoted his winters to teaching school. He was occupied in this way until 1868, when he came to Clark County and purchased a tract of eighty acres where he now lives; he cleared and improved about twenty acres, and has a comfortable home.

August 15, 1861, when the dark war cloud of the Rebellion was hanging over this nation, Mr. Chase enlisted as a private in Company A, First Wisconsin Calvary, and served until January 17, 1864, when he received a gun-shot wound at Dandridge, Tennessee. This rendered him unfit for service, and he was in the hospitals of Knoxville, Nashville and Louisville until October 20, 1864, when he was sent home. His wounds were of a very serious nature, being in the neck, throat, and leg, and he is still suffering from them. After coming from the war he resumed his place in the school-room, and taught until six years ago. Among the other misfortunes with which he has had to contend since coming to the State was the loss of all his household goods by fire. It is indeed a brave spirit that can withstand the perils of battle, the vicissitudes of pioneer life, and the ravages of fire with undaunted courage.

Mr. Chase was elected Clerk of Weston Township in 1870, when it covered about one-third of the county. He has been Clerk of York Township since 1875, and for fifteen years has served as Justice of the Peace. Politically he is a Republican; fraternally a member of I.O.O.F.

On August 25, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza E. Pickens, of Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Mrs. Chase was born in Erie County, New York, June 16, 1842, and is a daughter of John and Dinah (Sherman) Pickens, natives of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Chase are the parents of six children: Lorenzo H., deceased; Oliver P., Philander E., Robert I., and two who died in infancy.

Horace and Sarah Chase Letter

Posted: 26 Jan 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 6 Nov 2001 6:15AM GMT
Surnames: Hall, Chase, Winchester, Covel, Grant
There could be a possible connection to Horace Chase, of Clark County. This letter is to my gg-grandparents who were living in Wautoma, Waushara Co. WI

Date: February 14, 1869
To: Alfred Hall and Marcia (Marcia P. Grant)
From: S. I. Chase, Big Spring, WI

Dear Cousins

Received your welcome letter and was glad to hear from you and hear that you are well but was sorry that business was poor in your vicinity. It is hard times here and money scarce. There was so many hopes raised here that there is a great many men failed. They raised nothing except hope hardly their gardens. We have had a very mild winter here so far and a considerable snow. It has been about 2 feet deep but is all thawing up now.

Well Marcia I suppose you will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that I am married. I was married to Horace Chase one year ago last September. We have one girl she is 8 years old his oldest was married 2 years ago this spring. We have sold our farm at Westfield and are all scattered around the country. Jane is married to a man by the name of Oscar Barber she lives in Reedsburg. He works at the carpenterÂ’s trade. Eliza is staying with Jane this winter and is attending school there she was here Christmas she has taught 5 terms of school. They call her a first rate teacher.

Mary is married to a man by the name of John Scott. They live in the town of Winfield in the county of Sauk. He is a farmer. Mary has a little boy she calls it Victor. They was all her in October and we went up to Westfield (New York) I forgot to tell you that Jane has a boy and calls him Clarence Ellwyn. He is 4 months old. Victor was one year old last November. Phebe was well last I herd. She lives in Warren Jo Daviess County, IL. Letitia is well she lives in Pierce County yet. The girls were both home two years ago last fall. I have not seen them since.

We have not got a home and settled down yet but intent to this spring. I do not know where we shall go yet. We want to go in some town where I can work at the milliners trade and he can teach school. I went to Milwaukee last spring and got goods and I had all the work I could do but am not doing anything at it this winter. Horace is teaching he has 60 different scholars. He has 3 more weeks to teach.

Where does Uncle Burtons live and how do they get along and does Jane live near them. We would like to have you all come and make us a visit. Alfred I would have liked to have you come and seen us when you was at Wautoma but you would not have found us at Westfield. I must close my letter for this time by saying I will be more punctual in writing next time. You must write often and not wait so long. Horace sends his best respects to you from your cousin.

S.I. Chase

Direct to Sarah I. Chase, Big Spring, Adams County, Wisconsin
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