Philander H. Chase. Portrait and Biographical Album page 527.
Peoria County numbers among its best citizens many who are native and to the manner born, and we have a fine representative of these in the person of Philander H. Chase, who is conducting extensive agricultural interests in Akron Township, the place of his birth, with the rare judgment, keen intelligence and marked skill that places him among the foremost farmers and stock raisers of this locality.
The parents of our subject, Simon P. and Ann H. (Houston) Chase, were among the old settlers of this county, coming from New Hampshire in 1842, making the entire journey from their New England home to the wild prairies of this section of the county in a wagon. They located in Akron Township, in 1845, and during their lives occupied an important position amongst its pioneers. In the comfortable home that they built up here the father died January 9, 1870. The mother passed from earth in Warren County, January 13, 1875. They had three children of whom our subject was the third in order of birth.
September 18, 1846, was the date of the birth of our subject, in the pioneer home of his parents in Akron township. Here the years of his boyhood and youth were passed, and in the local schools he laid the foundation of a substantial education which was completed by a course of study in Princeville Academy. He has always made his home in Akron Township, and having been bred to agricultural pursuits, he adopted farming as his life work, and now owns a farm of three hundred acres on sections 5, 16, 17 and 21. It is replete with valuable improvements, and is supplied with buildings of a substantial order; Mr. Chase is just erecting a commodious house, which, when it is completed, will be one of the most attractive homes in the vicinity.
Mr. Chase was married in Princeville, Illinois September 14, 1871, to Miss Nannie Calvin, a native of Pennsylvania. She bore him one child who died in infancy, and their happy but brief wedded life was brought to a close by her death November 1, 1872.
Our subject contracted a second marriage April 8, 1875, taking as his wife Miss Rachael smith, who was born in Princeville Township. Their pleasant home circle is completed by their two children-Carrie B. and Forest M.
Mr. Chase is a man of high principles, is well endowed mentally and physically, and possesses in a full degree those characteristics so essential to success in any walk in life. He stands high in the citizenship of his native county, and to his active public spirit and the intelligent interest he has always manifested in the welfare of Akron Township, it owes much of its present prosperity. He has held the offices of Highway commissioner and Township Assessor, discharging their duties with characteristic fidelity and honesty. In politics the Republican party has his entire allegiance. He and his wife are active workers in the Presbyterian Church and contribute most generously to its support.
A lithographic portrait of Mr. Chase will be noticed on another page of this volume.
Submitted by Londie Benson.