Biography of E. V. Chase
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E. V. CHASE, of Elsie, Clinton Co., Mich., was born in the township of Gustavus, Trumbull Co., Ohio, Sept. 16, 1833. His parents were poor, and had a hard struggle to support their family. His father was a millwright, and would have educated the son to the same trade, but for an accident which nearly crippled him for life. This determined the father to put his son at school that he might lay the foundation for a profession. Mr. Chase taught school as soon as he was competent, and thus assisted himself until he had acquired not only an academical but also a professional education. He read medicine three years with Dr. G. W. Willey, of Spencer, Ohio; attended lectures in Michigan University; and in the spring of 1857 settled in the small village of Ovid, Clinton Co., on the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad. He married, in the fall of 1857, Miss Emily Wilkinson, an estimable young lady, to whom his success may, in a measure, be attributed. In the spring of 1860 he removed to the village of Elsie, where he resided until the commencement of the civil war. He enlisted as a private in the First Michigan Cavalry, was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and at the close of the war went with the regiment across the Plains to Salt Lake City, Utah. In the spring of 1866 he was mustered out of the service, and returned to Elsie, where he has since resided, in the active discharge of his professional duties. He has been six years supervisor of the township in which his village is located. In the fall of 1876 he was elected representative to the State Legislature, by the Republican party, from the first district, Clinton County. So well did he serve his constituents that he was re-elected in 1879. He served upon several committees, among them that on insane asylums, in which he held the office of chairman. His duties necessarily called him away much of the time from the representative halls, but when present he was arduously engaged in duties which rank him among the foremost, always striking at the heart of any measure to which he was opposed sharp and effectual blows, that produce more effect than the bold speculations and fantastical theories which, to a certain extent, characterize many of the representatives.

Upon the eastern portion of the east half of the southwest quarter of section 33 are traces of a group of mounds, the largest of which was probably twenty five feet long, twenty feet wide, and three feet in height. Rows of other and smaller mounds appear to have joined the base of this large mound, and south of the latter was a clearly defined oblong mound two and a half feet high, twenty two feet long between east and west, and fourteen feet in width between north and south. Southwest of the principal mound about twenty feet is another pretty clearly marked one, three feet high, twenty-five feet long, and fifteen feet wide. Near at hand is a circular mound about twenty feet through, from which human bones have been unearthed. Recent excavations in these mounds have brought to light human skeletons as well as miscellaneous bones, and in one of them
evidences pointed to the existence, at one time, of altar-fires and possibly human sacrifices thereon.

On the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 33 were a number of small mounds, of which there is now no trace. Upon the farm of H. B. Smith, on the southeast quarter of section 27, is shown the site of a now obliterated large mound. Where it once stood two peachtrees now grow. Mr. Smith recollects that the mound was more than thirty feet in diameter and four feet high; that several second growth maples adorned its sides, and that heavy timber surrounded it. Evidently these mounds served as burial-places, since in each have been found human bones, but whether the burial places of Indians or members of a prehistoric race, as some savants claim, is simply matter for conjecture.

History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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