The Town of Gause

Address County utm_east

US 79 Milam

679035


utm_zone utm_north

Gause 14 3386125
Latitude Longitude
N 30.78470° W -96.72231°

Location Repair Condition

in parking lot for carpool parking good

Marker Text

William J. Gause (1829-1914), born in Alabama, moved to Texas in 1849, to

the Brazos region in 1856, and to this locality in 1872. Buying lumber in

Montgomery, he gave his friend Dan Fowler half in return for hauling it here.

The two built the first homes in this settlement. In 1873, Gause gave right of

way and 100 acres of land to the International & Great Northern Railroad, and

the town was platted. Gause Post Office opened in 1874, with James S.

Reynolds as postmaster. The I. G. N. freighted out great quantities of cotton,

and the town thrived. Cotton gins, stores, blacksmith shops, a lumber yard, a

bank, hotels, livery stables, a newspaper and other businesses were

established. Besides W. J. Gause, civic leaders included Dr. J. E. Brown, Richard

Cox, Dr. James dollar, Lafayette Ely, Bill Faubian, Dan Fowler, J. C. Lister, C. C.

Moore, Dr. John Porter, Frank Thomas, and T. L. Watts. Churches were

organized and a Masonic Lodge chartered. The county's first independent

school was established in Gause. Good highways, mechanized farming, and

decline of railroading halted commerce in the town of Guase. It survives,

however, as a residential site chosen by descendants of the pioneers and by

commuters of industrial plants and businesses in this vicinity.