In Washington, NH a family of Chases ran, a farm a headquarters of the Communist Party of New Hampshire, and brought up a number of children. Joseph the oldest was my friend and mentor and a yard conductor on the New Haven RR. He was also the union rep, or as we called them a committee man.
Joe’s father ran for the senate on the Communist Ticket. He didn’t get elected and to tell the truth he didn’t even get close. He did work hard and built the Party from the ground up and his being in a good position to disseminate a lot of good ideas. When he died his wife assumed leadership of the party and was just as hard working as her husband. She was head of the Party, her household and mid-wife and medical helper her neighbors.
Joe, her oldest, organized the rubber workers in Massachusetts, Cambridge and Canton. He won, single handed, the railroad strike for Boston workers in 1946.
Homer was different sort of cat, dedicated Stalinist and very difficult to work with. As a young man he went to Spain with the Lincoln Brigade and was an effective machine gunner. He was captured by the fascists and had many stories to tell of that period. In WW2 he was a paratrooper. An intelligence officer told him he could not go overseas because he was a Communist, I think they called it a premature anti-fascist. He asked this officer if he (the officer) was working for Hitler. When asked for an explanation he told them only Adolph Hitler wouldn’t want him to go overseas. He was sent and had a good combat record with the 17th Airborne Co. B. 513th Paratroop Infantry Reg.
The Chases were descended from Aquila Chase of Newburyport Ma. 1635.
I plan on writing a book on this remarkable family.