Chase, Horace S. (History - 1836)

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----Source: "The History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin Lewis Publishing Co., 1891-pages 135 - 136.

Horace S. Chase

Mr. Chase was born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y. in 1836. Came to Kenosha county, Wis., in 1851. Was a member of Company A. of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry three years during the war, during which time he was wounded. He came to Clark County in 1868, since which time he has been engaged in farming and school teaching. Has held the office of town clerk of the town of York, in which he lives, for the past sixteen years, with the exception of one year. He has also been justice of the peace of the town during most of that time, and has assisted materially in securing pensions for disabled soldiers. Mr. Chase was married in Kenosha county to Miss Eliza Pickens, a native of Rhode Island. ("Clark County Illustrated" by Saterlee, Tifft & Marsh; 1890).


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. When 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 schoolroom, 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.



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