James S. Chase

______________________________________________________ The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 642-643

JAMES S. CHASE takes just satisfaction in being able to further a work that is of enduring value to the community in which he resides, and he is giving a most effective administration as the incumbent of the office of county road engineer of Clay County, with headquarters at Clay, the county seat.

Mr. Chase was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, May 24, 1873, and is a son of Henry F. and Nancy M. (Windon) Chase. As a youth Henry F. Chase learned the miller's trade, to which he was giving his attention at the time when the Civil war began. His loyalty to the cause of the Confederacy was shown by his enlistment in the Twenty-second Virginia Infantry, with which he took part in many engagements and made a record as a gallant young soldier. After the war he continued his active association with milling enterprise for many years, and he and his wife were residents of Jackson County, this state, at the time of their deaths, she having been a member of the Presbyterian Church and his political allegiance having been given to the democratic party. Of their four children three are living at the time of this writing: John J. is engaged in the real-estate business at Pleasants, this state; James S., of this sketch, is the next younger; and Linnie E. is the wife of Frank Roush, of Ripley, Jackson County.

The public schools of Jackson County afforded James S. Chase his early education, and later he took a correspondence course in civil engineering. Under the direction of his father he learned the trade of millwright, and he followed the same for a time, his independent career having been initiated when he was seventeen years of age. He gave effective service as county road engineer in Jackson County, and this experience fortified him greatly when he assumed a similar office in Clay County, where he is doing a most excellent work in connection with the improvement of the roads of the county. In politics he is independent, and he supports men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment. He is a past master of Ripley Lodge No. 16, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at Ripley, Jackson County, and is affiliated also with Pleasants Chapter, Royal Arch Mason, at Pleasants, Pleasants County. His wife is an active member of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Chase married Miss Myrtle A. Childs, who was born and reared in Jackson County, and they have five children: Marine M. (wife of E. Muller), Bertha E., Henry O., Helen and James J.