Biography of Charles S. Chase
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Chase, Charles S., was born in the town of Swansea in 1840, a son of Daniel S. and Belinda Pierce Chase. His father was a merchant in Swansea and Dighton and Charles S. was employed as clerk in his father's store after school hours. He left Dighton Academy at the age of eighteen years to attend the duties connected with his father's business, where he remained until 1861, and then purchased the farm of eighty acres, situated in Dighton, where he now resides. He engaged in raising strawberries and market gardening with a degree of success, which enabled him to gradually enlarge his operations to early fruits; his first shipment to Boston in that line was twelve quarts of strawberries, upon which he realized $1.00 per quart. The business continued to thrive until it was no uncommon thing to witness the shipment of several car loads daily of this fruit. Mr. Chase's principal business is that of conducting five large greenhouses, which he established in 1884, wherein he grows mostly roses and smilax. Eighty tons of coal are annually consumed for heating purposes, the greenhouses being equipped with the latest and best heating appliances to be found for that purpose. A large force of help is constantly employed about the greenhouses, the farm and other departments of the business. In 1861 Mr. Chase married Mary M., daughter of Jonathan Hale of Swansea, and they have two children: C. Herbert and Della F. In politics Mr. Chase is an ardent Republican and always taken a great interest in the public affairs of his town; he has been on the School Committee, and auditor, and for the last five years chairman of the Board of Selectmen. In 1894 he was elected a member of the Massachusetts Legislature in the lower house and while there served on the committee of fisheries. He has been chairman of the Republican Committee of the town of Dighton for the past fifteen years, and is still serving in that capacity. Mr. Chase's energies have not all been bent in the direction of his own private affairs, or that of his business and the politics of the town. He is thoroughly alive to every question of public interest, was one of the promoters and chiefly through him was the Somerset, Dighton and Taunton Railroad made an assured fact. Mr. Chase, besides carrying on a large business, is ever thoughtful of those interests which affect all the people and will be found open to all callers, courteous and ever ready to discuss those interests for the common good, which he stands ever ready to assist in promoting.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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