- 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.