During their years in Worthington, the Chases were charged with the care of their nephew, Salmon P. Chase. He came to Ohio to study under his uncle Philander before going on into what would be an illustrious career in politics. He would write about his life in Worthington,
So went the days in school. Out of school I did chores, took grain to the mill and brought back meal and flour; milked the cows, drove them to and from pasture, took wool to the carding factory over the Scioto,-- an important journey to me,-- built fires and brought in wood in the winter time; helped gather sugar water and make sugar when winter first turned to spring; helped plant and sow in the later spring. In most of whatever a boy could do on a farm, I did a little. Sometimes I was sent to Columbus, nine miles south, on horseback, to make small purchases. I remember yet the firm of Goodale & Buttles, which the boys travestied as ‘Good ale in bottles,’ where one morning I brought some sickles and scythes and other matters, having risen long before day, mounted old Sorrel, and ridden to Columbus, determined to be back before breakfast, which I accomplished.
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