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Obituary ~ Hiram Chase
January 22, 1816 ~ July 11, 1833

DIED - At his home in High Point township, Decatur County, Iowa, July 11, 1883, HIRAM CHASE, aged 67 years, 6 months and 11 days. Mr. Chase was born at Putnam, Westchester County, New York, Jan. 22, 1816. At the early age of 17 he began to teach school in his neighborhood, but soon went to seek new fields of labor in Seneca County, Ohio, where he worked on a farm in summer, and in school during winter. D. and A.B. Stearns, S.F. Baker and others at Garden Grove were among his pupils there. He was an inmate of the home of the late Sylvanus Arnold much of the time. In 1837 he returned to his native place and was married to Miss Ellen Lewis at Hector, Tompkins County. The young couple came immediately to his new found home in Ohio, and there remained till the fall of 1845, except one year spent at the Sk??netels Community, when in company of the late Ozro N. Kellogg, whose acquaintance he had formed, and between whom a brotherly love existed ended only by death. He bought a farm in the north part of Elkhart County, Ind., 2 1/2 miles south of White Pigeon, Mich. In September, 1848, his friend Kellogg, with Wm. and Enos Davis and families, came to Garden Grove, Iowa, through the insistence of a brother-in-law of Mrs. Kellogg's to take advantage of cheap improvements made by the Mormons who were anxious to be going toward the setting sun. Mr. and Mrs. Chase were so attached to their first location that they went back to Ohio, but, thinking according to representations by their friends here, this was a better place, they followed the little colony, arriving at Garden Grove, Sept. 17, 1849.

They were the first to come over the new road just staked out, 40 miles east from the Grove to Dodge's Point, and had a hard time to find the way as in some places the stakes were half a mile apart. The men had not laid in a sufficient quantity.

He bought a tract of land, built, improved, farmed, and taught school till when he began selling goods, in which business he remained till 1870. A.C. Shaw, esq., was in partnership with him from November 1858 to March, 1865.

Of the eight children born to them, Howard died at the age of about a year, Ann four years old, Henry, now living, Murray, who died of consumption in California in the autumn of 1871, whither he had gone in a vain search for health, were born in the same county in Ohio. Alice, who passed away at the age of 16 was born in Indiana. Mary was born at this place in January, 1852, died the following August, when that dreadful scourge, the flux, rendered almost every young child its victim. Lewis, and Fanny, now Mrs. Fred Woolley, were born here.

Mr. Chase was an early and earnest anti-slavery man, believing in religious and political freedom, was honest and outspoken, lived in accordance with his principles. For a few years past, like many an honest Republican, he has thought the party had left its allegience to the principles on which it was founded, and consequently deserted him. He was elected five years ago to fill vacancy of two years of the very important office of county supervisor, and again by the Greenback party for fall term, three years, which has nearly expired. All his official duties, county, school or township, and they were many, were conducted with capacity and diligence.

The first election was held in 1850. William Davis, Victor Doze and Hiram Chase were the judges, none of whom are now living. Mr. Chase was elected Justice of the Peace, and continued to serve almost continually for twenty years, or, all the time he could be induced to attend to its then important and numerous duties.

(cannot read...) years near High Point. Here with his three remaining children they have lived in a little world of their own. Henry and Lewis joining farms with them, Fanny and her husband part of their own family, and they are ready to be as near as they can to the bereaved and lonely mother, a widow after nearly forty-six years of wedded life, what they all were. With no ostentatious display they have enjoyed the comforts and many of the luxuries of life, the surroundings betoken culture and refinement.

Mr. Chase had not been ill till ten days previous to his death. His great grief, caused by the serious sickness of his daughter last Fall brought on drepay of the heart, which combined with other things finally caused him, though possessed of strength of body and mind equalled by few, who had seen his early children laid away, and no father loved his children more, had watched by the bedside of that lovely young daughter, month after month, slowly wasting away amid extreme suffering of comsumption of the bowels, their son, Henry, all there was to go away helping to save the country. Then Murray, "our Lincoln" lying under the sod away in the Golden state months before the winter blackade allowed them the privilege of hearing of his fate, trials which seemed destined to sink the wife and mother to the grave, yet, with a steady nerve on which the nation might almost lean, to yield, and on that pleasant summer morning, when he said to Mrs. Chase "tis a beautiful morning," and asked to be placed where he could take a lingering look to the west, she said "yes, the world moves on regardless of our sorrow, we're but a speck," he replied "everything is all right, just as it should be." With an allusion to "old Westchester," and after one call to "mother" he was gone.

He had accomplished what he sought and more. He cared not that his name survive the generation, and has left nothing on his record that his friends would wish to be effaced.

A long procession started from the house on the afternoon of the 12th, others joining all along till the beautiful cemetery was reached, where many were assembled, and he was laid near where the daughter was buried in 1864. The venerable Mr. Varga made a few fitting remarks regarding the life and principles of the deceased, and the sympathy the Hungarian refugees received from him when they no longer had a country.

Many prominent citizens and several county officials were present. Lyman B. Chase, an elder brother, and family were the only relatives besides his family present.

[Interment made at Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa.]

Courtesy of Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert.