is so little known about my own Chase ~ Hatch ancestry. Many things
we can only surmise. There are but these few pictures which my sister
Pat found in the attic on the Chase farm in Randolph Center; while she
was in college, so that would make it when most of us were grown.
grandmother, May Hatch Chase, so young so vulnerable, yes beautiful.
Her husband dying when only thirty-four (buried on a Christmas Day in Norwich)
left her with my father and aunt. Then she died at a young age in
a sanitarium "from exhaustion" in Burlington.
at the picture of my father, aunt and grandmother tears at my heart.
So alone they seem, yet there WAS Hatch family in Norwich to tend to them.
When my grandmother did die, my Great Aunt Fannie Hatch raised my father
and aunt. She was much older than May Alice; apparently not married.
They all lived in Norwich. (Even to this day as I correspond with
various folks in Norwich the name "Hatch" is revered.) Our grandfather,
Myron Chase, was not there long enough to make a "mark".
of what they did not have; they were left with a sense of industry, thrift
and educational pursuits, as that is what has been passed on down to us;
the Chase "kids." Dad, Raymond Eugene Chase, along with our mother,
Mary raised the seven of us on "the farm" in Randolph Center. Work
we did! Study we did - to pursue various educational venues and professions.
We also participated in community events. The historians of Randolph,
Wes and Miraim Herwig, remember The Chases as making up the choir in Randolph
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