|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1856|
Dr. John Chase, deceased, for many years a leading representative of the medical profession in Denver, winning particular renown in the field of ophthalmology and ontology, also figured prominently in military affairs as an officer of the Colorado National Guard and served for seven years as adjutant general of the state. His birth occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the 10th of December, 1856, his parents being John Manley and Elvira (Ludden) Chase, the former a native of Otsego County, New York, while the later was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. John Manley Chase, a civil engineer by profession, surveyed the site of Lansing, Michigan, and was one of the first treasurers of the University of Michigan.
John Chase acquired his early education in the public schools of Ann Arbor, Michigan, completing the high school course by graduation in 1875. The previous year (1874) he had studied music in the Boston Conservatory of Music. Subsequently he matriculated in the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1879 and which conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Medicine two years later, in 1881. While attending that institution he was captain of the football team. Dr. Chase began the practice of medicine in Detroit, Michigan, in association with Dr. Eugene Smith in June 1881, and in 1884 made a trip to Europe, visiting England, Scotland and France and doing postgraduate work in the universities of London, Edinburgh and Paris, in which cities he pursued his studies and investigations in the treatment of diseases of the eye and ear. He suffered an attack of typhoid fever following his return to the United States and in July, 1885, came to Colorado and took up his abode in Denver. During the remainder of his life he devoted his attention with notable success to the treatment of diseases of the eye and to educational work in that field, first becoming connected with Gross Medical College in 1888. He left that institution for the University of Colorado, next became identified with the University of Denver and subsequently returned to the staff of the University of Colorado as professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Chase serves as a member of the staff of the City and County Hospital, Boulder Hospital and Mercy Hospital and belonged to the Medical Society of the City and County of Denver, the Denver Academy of Medicine, the Colorado State Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Ophthalmology and Laryngological Society. Aside from his professional activities he also had extensive mining interests in Gunnison, Boulder and Chaffee counties and was likewise identified with ranching operations in Douglas county.
The military record of Dr. Chase is an interesting one. In 1878, having attained his majority, he enlisted in the First Regiment Infantry of the Michigan National Guard, in which he served successively as corporal and sergeant and held the rank of captain of Company A when honorably discharged at Ann Arbor in 1882. Six years later, in 1888, he joined the Third Calvary Troop of the Colorado National Guard and was made second lieutenant. Upon joining the Denver City Troop of the Colorado National Guard, in 1895, he was elected first lieutenant, was promoted to captain of Troop B, July 12, 1897, and three days later became major of the First Squadron. He resigned in 1898 but the following year rejoined Troop C of Denver and was made sergeant, subsequently being promoted to a second lieutenancy. On the 1st of January, 1901, he was appointed a brigadier general of the National Guard of Colorado. General Chase was commander of the military district during the Lake City, Cripple Creek and Trinidad strikes. From the 6th of April, 1909, until March 31, 1916, he served as adjutant general of the state of Colorado. He was a representative from the west of the bureau of militia affairs in Washington for four years and did much toward getting federal recognition for the National Guard. He mustered into federal service four thousand men from the National Guard for the World war.
In Masonry, General Chase attained high rank, receiving the honorary thirty-third degree on the 26th of February, 1918. He was an active member of the Oriental Lodge No. 87, A. F. & A. M.; No. 29 Chapter, R. A. M.; No. 25 Commandery, K. T.; Colorado Consistory No. 1, A. A. S. R.; and El Jebel Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He was made Knight Commander of the Court of Honor and grand marshal of the Conclave in 1912. His political support was given to the democratic party, while his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Central Presbyterian Church of Denver. His name was also on the membership rolls of the University of Michigan Club, the Association of Military Surgeons and the Association of Adjutant Generals. In 1906 he serves as president of the Sons of the American Revolution.
General Chase was married in 1888 to Miss Anna Louise Sampson, daughter of Russell Sampson of Le Roy, New York. They became the parents of six children, as follows: John S., who wedded Blanche Townsend; Russell; Anne, the wife of Richard Carlson; David T.; Kate T., the wife of Walter Reed; and Abigail.
History of Colorado. Denver: Linderman Co., 1927, pg 374-376
Anna Louise Sampson Chase (1864 - 1944)*
John Sampson Chase (1890 - 1963)*
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Record added: Jan 01, 2006
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