Biography of William F. Chase
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Chase, William Frederick, was born in New Bedford in the identical house in which he now resides, on the 22d day of December, 1842, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth (West) Chase. His father was extensively engaged in the clothing business and particularly in outfitting sailors in the paliny days of the whaling industry. He was a captain in the old Volunteer Fire Department, a justice of the peace, councilman for several terms, and held other positions of minor importance. During his boyhood William Chase attended the common schools and after completing his education, became a clerk in the dry goods store owned by William R. N. Sylvester, in whose employ he remained about three years. He then secured employment in the Gosnold Rolling Mills and in time became a foreman in the horse shoe department, during the Civil war, which occurred during his employment there. Since 1868 Mr. Chase has been engaged in the nursery business, in raising small fruits, and in market gardening. He has served for some time as superintendent of the gardens worked throughout the city, under the auspices of the city government, along the lines of the "Pingree System." To this work Mr. Chase has not only given his best technical ability, but has, as well, taken an active and intelligent itterest in its development and success, as an educator of the poorer classes in habits of self support. In December, 1866, Mr. Chase married Helen L., daughter of Rufus S. Greenman of Norwich, Conn., and they have one son, Charles Raymond Chase.

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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