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Harvey J. Chase

"Heirs of Harvey J. Chase" cash-claimed a quarter in 14, 3N 48W in 1890, near a number of other 1890-1891 cash claimants.

December 22, 1905 "Denver. Dec. 21 A. A. McKean, clerk of the district court at Yuma, was found guilty by the jury in the United Slates district court today on sixteen counts contained in the indictment returned by the federal grand jury in October charging him with forgery in connection with timber culture claims in the Akron land office district. The passing of sentence was postponed until next week. McKean was accused of forging the names of Harvey Chase and Jesse Schofield to final proofs on timber culture claims. These claims were afterwards sold. According to McKean’s story, he was deceived by two men who represented themselves to him as Chase and Schofield. In his capacity as district clerk he assisted them, he further alleged, in making up the proofs to their claims. The government also charged that McKean forged the names of witnesses to affidavits confirming the verity of the proofs. Other prominent men of the eastern part of the state were indicted with McKean for complicity in the frauds and they will be tried later."

Possibly the Harvey J. Chase in Allegan County, Michigan, born about 1848, dying Feb 16, 1883.
He married Alice H. Richards, and no indication that their children were in Colorado.

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