WWI East Fishkill

Personal Effects of Sgt. Daniel H. Chase

From the East Fishkill Historical Society Collection. Shared here in partnership as part of the county-wide "2018: Year of the Veteran" initiative, a collaboration among County Government, DCHS and local historians and historical societies on the 100th anniversary of the end of fighting of WWI.

Daniel H. Chase was born in St. Albans, VT August 24, 1894.

He enlisted in the NY National Guard on June 24, 1916, nine months before the US declared War on Germany at Albany, NY (about 150 miles south of St. Albans). He served in the capacity of saddler and later in the Mobile Ordinance Repair Shop. He served overseas June 6, 1918 to March 9, 1919.

Census records show the couple in 1920 living in East Fishkill (Chase was working as a railroad signalman), in 1935 living in Bethlehem near Albany (he worked at the major train station there), and in 1940 back to East Fishkill (working as an electrician).

Upon his return, he married Florence Vermilyea on June 27, 1918 who eventually would work as a school teacher in Wappingers Central School District. He was awarded the World War service medal, with others, July 20, 1940. He was an active member of the East Fishkill VFW, serving as Commander and Sr. Vice Commander. He was an advocate for strict zoning (see article).

He and his wife are buried at Hopewell Cemetery.

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