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The Eastern Gazette 9-24-1914, p.1
DEATH OF EDWARD H. CHASE Well Known Dexter Citizen Dies Very Suddenly Edward H. Chase, one of the best known residents of this town, died at his home on Cedar street, Friday evening. Death came suddenly. Mr. Chase had been enjoying his usual excellent health, had attended to his usual routine of work, and only a few minutes prior to his death was searching in a dictionary to determine the exact meaning of a word which he had just read in an article. Mrs. Chase was sitting close by when she heard the book Mr. Chase was perusing fall to the floor and, glancing at her husband, saw him gasp for breath and before she was able to summon medical aid death had occurred. Edward Chase was born 74 years ago, and was from early childhood desirous of gaining knowledge and studiously applied himself to his books, articles and magazines. In early life he was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Shaw and to this union two children were born, Mrs. L. B. Waldron of Dexter and Edward Chase, Jr., of Winslow. He was a veteran railroad man, although retired from active service for the past few years. He began his railroad career in 1863, was a fireman, a period when to serve in such a capacity required men possessed of ability to perform deeds of courage and daring, since railroad methods were in a primitive state and accidents often occurred. He dearly loved to recall these early experiences. Mr. Chase did service on the roads from Lewiston to Waterville, known as, the Androscoggin-Waterville railroad, and from Waterville to Bangor, known as the Kennebec-Penobscot railroad the combination being now designated as the Maine Central railroad. He was at the throttle of engines hauling trains over the road between Newport Junction and Dexter and much has been written in Maine and Boston newspapers regarding his railroad career. He was one of the pioneers in Maine and never tired of relating his experinces while piloting the old woodburners over the rails on the old Dexter & Newport road. Under Cleveland's administration he served the town as postmaster, being succeeded by F. D. Dearth. Mr. Chase was a Democrat of the old school and nothing shook his faith. Since retiring from the office of postmaster, Mr. Chase has lived a quiet life. He was a great reader and kept himself well posted on the current happenings. He was a great admirer of President Wilson and believed thoroughly in his policies and in the wisdom of his administration. For many years he was a familiar figure at the various conventions of the Democrats in Maine and was always enthusiastic for the success of the party. At one time Mr. Chase was engaged in the grocery business in Dexter, in which line he was most successful. A kindly husband and father, a loyal friend, a believer in the right as it is was permitted him to understand a situation, an ardent advocate of justice to every man, a worker along Christian and civic lines he will be missed by many people in this section. Mr. Chase was a member of the First Universalist church of Dexter and a valued member of the Masonic lodge. Memorial services were held Monday forenoon at the First Universalist church, the Pastor. Rev. S. G. Spear, officiating. The remains were taken on the noon train to Waterville where the interment was made in the Chase family lot in the Waterville cemetery.