The Village of Chase takes pride in its history. Any Chasite can tell you how it was established by Civil War veterans, expanding to a booming lumber town which former glory was blown away with the embers of the 1892 fire, to a bustling village and potato center. To the current generations however, “pickle” is on the tip of their memory. The pickle salting station was located south of U.S.-10 behind a line of buildings in town aligning the railroad tracks. Here many local farmers and residents from 1912 through the 1950’s had the opportunity to earn income working as an on-location employee or by growing a pickle patch to unload in the large vats for salting. The salted pickles were then hauled by train to Chicago for processing at the Squire Dingee factory.
On Saturday, Chase invites all to come celebrate our pickle heritage in the First Annual Chase Pickle Festival.