D. A. N. Chase, president of the Pleasanton Monument and Ice Companyis a native of Orleans county, Vermont, where he was born April 26, 1875. He is a son of Arthur H. and Melissa L. (Burdick) Chase, both natives of New England. The father belongs to the Chase family noted in American history, the grandfather being a cousin of the great statesman and jurist, Salmon Portland Chase. The late Senator Ingalls' was also connected with the Chases as Mrs. Ingalls was a Chase. Arthur H. Chase removed with his family to Atlantic, Iowa, when our subject was but three years old, and located on a farm, where he resided about nine years, most of the time being spent as a teacher in the public schools. In the spring of 1887 he removed to Leoti, Wichita county, Kansas, and resided there nine years, during which time he was elected clerk of the district court of that county. He was reëlected two terms on the Republican ticket and twice overcame a large Populist majority. 1895 he was appointed to a position in the state penitentiary at LansIng. In 1898 he removed to Omaha, Neb., where he engaged in the retail grocery business, which he was conducting at the time of his death. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in Company H, Seventh Vermont infantry. He saw active service and took part in many a hard fought battle, in one of which he was wounded five times, one wound being serious. He recovered, however, although it ended his military career after two years' service. He was a lifelong Republican and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for president. His widow, the mother of D. A. N. Chase, survives him and is now residing in Fort Scott, Kan. They became the parents of six children, of whom one son and two daughters are dead. Those living are: D. A. N. Chase; Herbert Blain, manager of the Royal Grocery Company, of South Omaha, Neb.; and Arthur H., who resides with the mother in Fort Scott, Kan.
D. A. N. Chase attended the public schools until the age of fourteen, when he was apprenticed to learn the harness maker's trade at Leoti. When sixteen years old he borrowed $400 from his father and initiated his independent business career by opening a flour and feed store in Leoti. After one year in that business he decided to turn his stock into cash and use the proceeds in taking a commercial course in the Central Business College at Leavenworth, Kan. It was while attending the business college that he met his future wife, Miss Harriett A. Ayer, a daughter of Don C. Ayer, of Nebraska City, chief government live stock inspector at the stock yards. On June 1, 1893, after his graduation in the Central Business College, Mr. Chase, although but eighteen years of age, was united in marriage with Miss Ayer, who was but a little past sixteen years of age. The wedding took place just one hour before she graduated from the Leavenworth High School and she has the distinction of being the first and only married woman ever graduated from that institution. By this time Mr. Chase's cash capital had dwindled to $240, and with it he once more engaged in the flour and feed business in Leoti. In 1895 he went to Omaha, and filled the position of government tagger in the live stock inspection department, and after three years in that position he took the civil service examination, which he successfully passed, and was promoted to that of live stock inspector. He held that position for five years and during the years of 1898, 1899 and 1900, in conjunction with his day work, he attended a night law school in Omaha. He diligently pursued his course and in 1901 was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of Nebraska and practiced one year with A. S. Churchill, ex-attorney-general of Nebraska. In May, 1903, he organized a wholesale manufacturing extract, spice, tea and coffee house, under the firm name of Chase & Company, with a capital of $12,000. He was elected president and general manager of the company, which positions he filled until they sold out, in 1907. In 1908-9 he was the western representative of the National Spice Company, of New York City, with headquarters at Omaha. In the spring of 1909 he located in Pleasanton, having purchased a third interest in the Monument & Ice Company, which holding he increased to a half interest in 1910. The company is doing a rapidly increasing business and is one of Pleasanton's leading industries. Politically, Mr. Chase is a stanch Republican and takes an active part in furthering the interests of his party. He is also a member of the time honored Masonic order, and the Modern Woodmen of America, while both he and Mrs. Chase are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They have two children: Donna Augusta, aged eleven, and Wayne A. N., aged nine (1911).Pages 191-192 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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