Ilion High School

Class of 1920

Ilion High School 1916 Building
Ilion High School 1916

Class Roster....

History of the Union Free School

Class Roster 1920 ....as published in the Alumni book "History of the Union School", which was published in 1925. The book contained the names and address of each alumnus, as of 1925.

Condolences....

    Ruth W. (Wheeler) Chase, age 98, of Whitefield died on June 29, 2001, at Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield. Born in Ilion, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1902, she was the daughter of Charles and Maude (Rix) Wheeler. She was a graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., with a major in music (cello). She was a longtime resident of Hamilton, N.Y., and was employed as a secretary at Colgate University in the Department of Education, retiring in 1967. She was a lover of the performing arts and an active participant in chamber music along with her late husband, Aurin M. Chase, an accomplished violinist. Serving in World War I, Col. Chase was a major developer of land track vehicles for the Army, and was also owner and founder of one of the first U.S. automobile manufacturing companies, the Chase Motor Car Company of Syracuse. She spent many summers in Whitefield at the Chase Farm Colony, site of the former Chase Barn Playhouse. She moved permanently to Whitefield in 1991, and lived independently until age 93, at which time she became a resident of Morrison Nursing Home. Throughout her life she was an avid gardener and bird- watcher, and actively supported numerous animal rights and nature conservation organizations. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Chase of Whitefield, and two grandchildren; a stepson, Austin C. Chase of Little Falls, N.Y., and two stepdaughters, Nancy Chase Lockwood of Warnerville, N.Y. and Lavina Chase Tomb of Auburndale, Mass. In addition to her late husband, she is predeceased by two stepsons, Aurin M. Chase Jr. (a retired professor at Princeton University) and Donald L. Chase. Two stepdaughters, Lucy Chase Sparks (producer of Chase Barn Playhouse 1934-1962) and Mary Elizabeth Chase Pilotte, both from Whitefield, also predeceased her. A memorial service was held Thursday, July 5 at the Episcopal Chapel of the Transfigured in Whitefield. Graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made either to the Lancaster Humane Society, 62 Martin Meadow Pond Rd., Lancaster, NH 03598, or to The Weathervane Theater, P.O. Box 127, Whitefield, NH 03598. (August 12, 2001)


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