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"Rev. George W. Case"

REV. GEORGE W. CASE, the present pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Monroe,
Green county, is one of the most advanced and earnest men in the ministry in the West Wisconsin Conference.
George W. CASE was born in Erie county, N.Y., Sept. 30, 1835, a son of James H. and Mary
(POWERS) CASE, natives of Connecticut and Vermont, respectively, and passed his early life in that State. He was one of a family of six children, three of whom - James and Samuel, both of Hart Prairie, Wis., and himself - are now living. James H. CASE was a man whose life was characterized by sterling manliness and integrity. By trade he was a blacksmith but on his coming to Wisconsin, in 1849, he bought a farm of 200 acres in cultivation. After a time he increased this by the purchase of 240 acres, and upon this magnificent rural estate he lived until the year 1881, being eighty-three years old. His wife passed away in 1864, at the age of sixty-four. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. William CASE, father of James H. CASE, was born in Connecticut, and settled in Oneida county, N.Y., in 1800. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died well advanced in years. The father of Mrs. Mary CASE was a farmer, and died in Vermont at a venerable age, the father of a numerous family; he had a son, Samuel, who was the proprietor of a large foundry works at Schenectady.
Rev. George W. CASE came to Wisconsin with his parents, and grew to manhood on the
Walworth county farm. He enjoyed the most liberal educational advantages of the times, completing the course of study afforded by the local schools, and then attended Milton Academy, being a member of the first graduating class of that institution. Later he was a student at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., continuing his studies to the junior year. His collegiate education was completed at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. in 1862. Returning home, he secured the charge of the academy at Watertown, which he held for one year, and from there passed to the principalship of Bronson Institute at Point Bluff, Adams Co., Wis. But these were the times that stirred men's souls, and the young man could not resist the tide of patriotic devotion that was sweeping the young and brave into the hosts of freedom, to war for mighty treasures. Mr. CASE enlisted in 1864 in company K, 42d Wis. V.I., and was made orderly sergeant, later promoted to the second lieutenancy. After the war he returned to Bronson Institute, and was at its head for a year following its removal to Kilbourn, Wis. He was principal of the high school at Columbus, Wis., and from that position entered into the active work of the Methodist ministry, and consecrated his future years to the Master's service. He joined the West Wisconsin Conference in 1863, and for thirty four years, commencing with 1867, has been in the active work of the ministry. He represented his conference in the General Conference at Omaha, Neb., in 1892, and for ten years has filled the office of presiding elder.
On July 27, 1863, Mr. CASE wedded Miss Nancy E. NASH, daughter of Francis and Catherine
Van Bergen (CURTIS) NASH. Four children have blessed this union: (1) Jennie W. is the wife of W. W. SMITH, and lives in Austin, Minn., where her husband has charge of the Standard Oil plant; they have two children, Gladys and Elbridge. (2) James F. married Miss Helen SMITH, and has his home in Portland, Oregon, where he followed the vocation of a civil engineer, he having had the construction of several important railroad and street bridges. He is now a major in the 40th Regiment, U.S.V.I., and is serving in the Philippine islands. They have one son, Archie W. (3) Mary Belle married Edward GRAY, and lives in Sparta, Wis. (4) Baby, who died in infancy.
Fraternally Rev. CASE belongs to Northern Light Lodge, No. 68, A.F. & A.M., and to Marathon
Chapter, R.A.M., both located at Mauston, Wis. He is also a member of O. F. Pinney Post, No. 102, G.A.R., at Monroe, Wisconsin.
Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin," (c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 967-968.
Courtesy of Carol.

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