History from Kansas State Historical
Chase county was
organized on February 11, 1859, by M. R.
Leonard; B. McCabe; J. Lane; M. Coyne; A.
Howell; C. T.
Hegwer; William Osmer; William
Dixon; Walter Watson; A. B. Wentworth;
Milton Ford; James Fisher; Nathan Curey;
Daniel Holsinger; Gabriel Jacobs;
Willie Shart; and Samuel N. Wood. It
contains the cities of Cedar Point,
Elmdale, Matfield Green and Strong
City. It was named for Salmon P. Chase,
Governor and U. S. Senator from Ohio, and
later Chief Justice of the U. S.
Samuel N. Wood, of
Cottonwood Falls, laid-out and platted the
south part of the town, and had the county
named for his
friend Salmon Chase. Wood, who led a
colorful life, was finally disbarred as an
attorney and shot to death during the
County Seat War. Also from the
county was Congressman Dudley Doolittle