Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
EDWARD S. CHASE. Among the wealthy
citizens of Douglas county, there stands today none more popular and secure
in the esteem of the people, than the well-to-do gentleman, whose name
initiates this paragraph. He and his estimable wife have traveled
the pilgrim way in this county for a good many years and have won hosts
of friends in every walk of life, having demonstrated themselves to be
upright, wise and faithful.
Edward S. Chase was born in Salt Lake, Utah,
on February 18, 1849, his parents, Charles A. and Susan (Stearns) Chase,
being natives of Maine and Vermont, respectively. In 1848, the father
crossed the dreary plains but on account of ill health, stopped for two
years in Salt Lake, where our subject first saw light. In 1851, they
continued their journey on toward the mecca of the day, Oregon, and there
settled. They were members of the Methodist church and good, substantial
Our subject grew up amid the surroundings
of the wild and undeveloped west, knowing from his birth the rugged existence
of the pioneer and frontiersman. He received his educational training
from the early schools of the Willamette valley and did much work to develop
and bring out the resources of that country where he remained until 1873.
He was engaged in the sawmill business after he arrived at manhood's estate
and in the year last mentioned, removed his mill to the Palouse river in
Whitman county, Washington. The mill furnished the lumber for the
new buildings in that then pioneer section and also provided flour for
the settlers even as far north as Spokane, which was then a small trading
village. Later Mr. Chase's father took charge of the operations of
the mill and in 1886, our subject came to Douglas county where he settled,
taking a pre-emption and timber claim which are now well improved and producing
abundant crops of the cereals. He also has a large herd of fine graded
cattle and a good band of horses. Mr. Chase is a descendant of the
family from whence came Salmon P. Chase, one of the able members of Lincoln's
cabinet. He has one brother, Marshall C., and two sisters, Mrs. Emma
Linn and Mrs. S. Miranda Stoneberger.
On November 26, 1891 at the farm home, Mr.
Chase married Mrs. Alice E., daughter of William and Jane J. (Kashow) Parsons,
natives of Ohio and of Scotch and German extraction, respectively.
Her parents crossed the plains in 1865 and were settlers in Oregon.
Mrs. Chase was born in Indiana on September 26, 1854, and has the following
brothers and sisters, Thomas J., Lewis H., George W., Charles D., and Mrs.
Sarah E. Day. She was reared in the Baptist faith. Mr. and
Mrs. Chase have no children of their own and are giving their care and
attention to the rearing of two orphans.
It is also to be recorded that Mrs. Chase
came to Douglas county in 1888, accompanied by her brother. She took
government claims, pre-emption, homestead, and timber culture, and the
family is now residing on her homestead. The labors of herself and
her husband are richly deserving of the recompense of a good estate of
eight hundred acres which they now own. In the hardships of the pioneer
life, they have both shown fortitude and pluck. Many times in the
winter, the hard trips to Coulee City and Waterville, were attended with
great suffering and trial owing to the deep snow and cold.