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James S. Chase

James S. Chase, in point of service the oldest, and in his knowledge of court records the most accurate, of the clerks of the Superior Court, was born November 15, 1847, in Starkboro, Vermont.  He spent his boyhood days on a farm, attending district school in the winter.  His education was completed by a course at the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, from which he was graduated in 1866.  He came to Kansas City at once and went into the insurance business.  He also taught school for a while in Clay County.  Mr. Chase became connected  with the Circuit Clerk's office in 1871, being appointed first deputy.  He served as Division clerk under Judges Jenkins, Woodson, Sawyer, Gill, and Henry.  When the intricate park condemnation proceedings were begun Mr. Chase was given charge of the park land records, with the title of Condemnation Clerk.  He was never known to make an erroneous entry.  Mr. Chase often saved the judges themselves from mistakes.
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