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Chase, Agnes (20 April 1869–24 September 1963), botanist and suffragist, was born Mary Agnes Meara (Mera) in Iroquois County, Illinois, the daughter of Martin J. Meara, a railroad worker and farmer, and Mary Cassidy Brannick. After her father’s death in 1871, the family (which included six children) moved to Chicago and changed their name to Merrill. Agnes, as she was called, finished eight years of public school and held odd jobs to help her mother support the family....