Chase

Dorothy Chase, from the cover of her biography.

This account of the Hurricane of 1938 comes from Dorothy Chase’s biography – “My Life” which was written as a gift for her family in 2004.

Dorothy was tending to Herbert and Stanwood Chase’s “Old Homestead Orchard” roadside stand on East Main Road when the hurricane hit.

“I was at the stand the day of the ’38 hurricane and the rain was coming down in sheets.  The wind blew down the billboard across the street and branches from the large maples over the stand were coming down on the building.  At this point I was afraid to stay inside, so I went out into the gardens in the rear.  Finally Herb came in the Model A truck and we closed up and wove our way through the debris on East Main Road and Glen Road to his house.  There was no power but the Chase men were hungry.  We had corn, potatoes, and onions, so I made a corn chowder on the kerosene stove.  … After supper Al Bryan came and he and Herb drove me home zigzagging over lawns on East Main Road via the Two Mile Corner, out the West Main Road, the only way to get to our house.  My mother broke down in tears, when we arrived, she was so glad to see us all alive and well. It was several days before we knew of all the tidal wave deaths and other destruction and weeks until utilities were restored.  …Herb and Stan’s farming was done for the season.

The next year Dorothy married her beloved Herb at St. Mary’s Episcopal church.