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Fenton Wilford Chase
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1895
Willow City
Bottineau County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1961
Renton
King County
Washington, USA

Fenton served in the US Army in WWI. He recieved multple German machinegun bullet wounds to his left side & survived. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Oregon Bronze Medal, & a WWI Victory Medal. He married Ida Belle Morris in 1917 & she died in 1976 & their only child died in 1989. Fenton had 6 siblings, 4 died before him & 2 after him. He has 6 grandchildren, 2 were deceased before him & 1 died after him in 2012. Three adult grandchildren are still living today & several great-grandchildren. Ida talked about his job with the Forest Service. He owned a sting of pack horses, & packed in supplies to the back country for the Ranger Stations. Ida told us of one of his trips. He was in an area where a forest fire broke out. He & the horses got caught on the trail with trees down blocking the trail behind them & in front of them. They couldn't back up or go forward. The trail was along a steep side of a mountain, & the fire was coming up toward them. He did the only thing left he started shooting at the tree, trying to cut through the tree with his bullets. He couldn't use the axe because of his injured left arm. He finely cut through enough so he and a couple of the horses could be saved. But the flames were coming upon them to fast. He turned around & had to shoot one horse just seconds before the flames would have got it. According to Grandma he was one upset man loosing his good pack horse. Before he went to war he was the nicest man you'd want to meet, according to Ida. But when he returned he was a different man. Between the night mares & the constant pain he turned to drink. As small kids, the grandchildren didn't understand why their grandpa drank so much. As adults his grandchildren have a more understanding of what happened to him & why he turned to drink. When he was sober they said he was the best grandpa anyone could wish for. 
 
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 Parents:
  Harvey Lewis Chase (1862 - 1929)
  Mary Caroline Paulson Chase (1859 - 1944)
 
 Spouse:
  Ida Belle Morris Chase (1895 - 1976)*
 
 Children:
  Rodney Wilford Chase (1918 - 1989)*
 
 Siblings:
  Philo Harvey Chase (1879 - 1961)*
  Nellie Alberta Chase Chamberlain (1882 - 1955)*
  Harry Paul Chase (1885 - 1942)*
  Lelah Mary Chase DeLappe (1889 - 1967)*
  Frieda Susan Chase Spriggs (1893 - 1980)*
  Fenton Wilford Chase (1895 - 1961)
  Rodney Leroy Chase (1896 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
FENTON WILFORD CHASE
PVT 1 CL US ARMY
WORLD WAR I
APR 29 1895 JAN 22 1961
PURPLE HEART
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Sect J Lot#5 Grave#4
 
Created by: Kathy
Record added: Jul 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55564508
Fenton Wilford Chase
Added by: Melinda St
 
Fenton Wilford Chase
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Added by: J. Bean
 
 
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- Rod & Kathy
 Added: Jul. 15, 2014
We love you Grandpa
- Rod, Roleen & Lorna
 Added: Aug. 5, 2013
 
 
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