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Isaac Henry (Ike) Chase, Jr.
Isaac Henry (Ike) Chase, Jr.

Isaac Henry (Ike) Chase, Jr.

Born:  December 30, 1897

Died:  March 1, 1975

Mayoral Dates:  1949-1951

Mayoral Quip

Isaac, Jr. took over a dry goods store upon his father's death.  The store was located on the south side of Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets.  Ike was very active in Rapid City civic affairs.  He served on the city council and was mayor from 1949-1951.  He served on a number of committees and commissions, particularly those to help Indians and the elderly.  He was a state legislator and an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928.  He was a WWI veteran.

Biography

Isaac Henry Chase, Jr. was born December 30, 1897, in Minneapolis, to Isaac Sr. and Francis (Stevens) Chase where his mother had gone especially for his birth.

He attended Rapid City schools, graduating from high school there.  He attended, for a brief period of time, the SD School of Mines and Technology.  He married the former Stella Paulson in Sioux Falls, June 10, 1934.  They had no children.

By his own definition, Chase was a joiner.  He always added that he tried to hold jobs generally not wanted, which made them easy to get and interesting for him to perform. 

Mr. Chase's father was a pioneer merchant in the Black Hills, coming to Deadwood in 1877 during the Gold Rush.  Ike Chase took an interest in his father's dry goods business and, at one time, father and son operated five clothing stores in the Black Hills.  Ike Jr. took over a dry goods store in Rapid City upon his father's death in 1919.  In the late 1940s, Ike gave the store to Roy Bortel, his manager, but continued to use the upstairs for an office.  The store was located at what was the east half of the Woolworth store on the south side of Main Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. 

At age 24, he was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives and later served in the State Senate.  For many years, Mr. Chase made his living in the real estate and finance business.  He was a member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce board of directors on several occasions, serving as president in 1926.  He was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928.  He was a WWI veteran. 

He was active in the Minnelusa Historical Association, the South Dakota Historical Society and the Black Hills Pioneers.  He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge 25, serving as master in 1923, the York Rite and Naja Temple Shrine. 

He served as a member of the city commission and city council and as mayor from 1949-1951.  Chase was instrumental in establishing Sioux Addition and enabling persons of Indian descent to purchase the land upon which their homes were built.  As mayor, Chase established the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations.

In 1962, Chase was cited for more than 20 years of service on the Rapid City Selective Service Board.  He was a past commander of the American Legion Post and, in the same year, was named "Legionnaire of the Year."  In 1965, he was presented with a life membership. 

The Rapid City Lions Club honored Chase in 1969 with a "This is Your Day" program.  He also was a member of Elks Lodge 1187. 

Mr. Chase died on March 1, 1975.  He was 77.

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