ABLE E. CHASE was born in Putnam County, New York, August l6, l834,
being the oldest son of L.B. and ELIZABETH CHASE. He was reared on a
farm in that state, but emigrated to Iowa in l855, and located on a farm
near Garden Grove, in this county. August 2, l862, he enlisted in Co.
D. thirty-ninth Iowa infantry. He served until the close of the war and
was mustered out at Washington, D.C., June 6, l865. His regiment was in
the sixteenth army corps until l864, when it was transferred to the
fourth division of the fifteenth army corps. Among the battles in which
he participated was that of Parker's Cross Roads, fought December 3l,
l862. Here he was struck by a rebel bullet which lodged in his vest
pocket. He was in the battle at Resaca and marched with Sherman to the
sea, participating in the seige of Savannah and also in the battle of
Bentonville, North Carolina, thence to Washington, taking part in the
After the war MR. CHASE returned to Decatur County and engaged in his
old occupation of farming. He also taught several terms of school and
was a very successful instructor. In l872, he was elected clerk of the
courts and he held that office for six years. He then engaged in the
drug business in partnership with MR. A. SWEARINGEN, but in l883 the
people again called him to public office, this time as county treasurer,
which office he held four years. After the expiration of this term he
again embarked in the drug business and continued till his death.
MR. CHASE stood very high with people and has held many places of trust,
having been a member of the city council, the school board, the
agricultural society and was at the time of his death an officer in the
Grand Army Post.
In l870 MR. CHASE was married to MISS JULIA R. POLLARD, formerly of
Boston, Mass., who with her three little girls, survive him.
MR. CHASE's death, coming all unannounced as it did, was a terrible
shock to his family and friends. They could hardly believe that one in
such apparent good health would fall dead suddenly and without warning.
The funeral exercises were held at the Methodist Church on Saturday
morning at ll o'clock, the sermon being preached by REV. HOHANSHELT of
that denomination. The three orders of Grand Army, Odd Fellows and
Knights of Pythias attended in a body, and all the business houses in
town were closed for an hour.
It is seldom our lot to note the death of one so universally respected
and admired as he was.
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