Chase, Samuel B.

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Samuel B. Chase Soundex Code C200

Samuel B. Chase Real Estate Abstract System

In 1852, brothers Horace G. Chase, Samuel Blanchard Chase (1823-1896), and Charles C. Chase to Chicago, they became employed by real estate dealer James H. Rees, who with Edward A. Rucker originated the land abstract system in Chicago. In 1855, Horace and Samuel Chase joined fortunes with James Rees to form Rees, Chase & Company. Eventually, Mr. Rees was bought out, and the firm became Chase Brothers & Company. Over the next decade and a half, the fortunes of the firm improved, and Horace settled at 864 Prairie Avenue, and in 1869 at 924 Prairie Avenue. This latter address is now the 1900 block of that street, a neighborhood described in Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis as "the focus of fashionable living" in the 1860's. The Chase home was a block away from the Marshall Field mansion erected in 1874 and three blocks from the Philip Armour home.

In 1870, brother Charles C. Chase joined Chase Brothers & Company; the fourth partner being George H. Bailey, and the office located at 48 LaSalle Street. After the fire of 1871, in which the Cook County abstract records were destroyed, it was found that Chase Brothers & Co. and two other abstract firms ( Shortall & Hoard and Jones & Seller ) had each lost part of their indices, but together had a complete set, with some duplicates. The three firms therefore merged, and still later consolidated with Chicago Title and Trust. Immediately after the fire, Chase Brothers & Co. established its offices at 299 W. Washington Street. Horace maintained a separate loan business with John B. Adams as well.

Horace G. Chase married in Chicago June 14, 1860, to Ellen Marian Sherwin. They became the parents of four children: Samuel M. Chase, Bessie L. B. Chase, Lucy B. Chase, and Horace Stanley Chase. Charles C. Chase married in 1874 to Bel (d. 1883) and moved to The City of Lake View. Samuel B. Chase also settled in Lake View. Both Horace and Marian survived into the twentieth century, and in their retirement years summered at Hopkinton, New Hampshire. In politics he was a Republican; the Chases belonged to the Reformed Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Masonic Order.