|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1834|
|Death: ||May 19, 1899|
A GOOD MAN IS GONE
G.G. Gage Succumbs to a Paralytic Stroke
WAS A USEFUL CITIZEN
His Long Record Marked by Honorable Deeds
BRIEF SKETCH OF HIS LIFE
After an illness of two weeks G.G. Gage, the well known Topeka citizen, capitalist and philanthropist died yesterday afternoon at his residence, 409 Van Buren street.
Mr. Gage's death was caused from a paralytic stroke which he suffered two weeks ago in the office of Dr. L.Y. Grubbs. From the first it was evident that death was only a question of time. He was removed to his home where everything possible was done for him but his age and the severity of the stroke could not be overcome.
Mr. Gage was born in Sheffield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, October 17, 1834. He was raised on the family farm there and attended the schools of the county.
When he had reached manhood he decided to come west and on May 8, 1856, arrived in Topeka, and has made his home here ever since. Immediately upon his arrival in Topeka he obtained employment in a brick kiln and in two years was able to have one of his own. He was engaged in the brick business for fifteen years. At the time he came here Topeka was but in its infancy, there being not more than twenty houses.
At the opening of the government land Mr. Gage preempted 160 acres near the Pottawatomie reservation, which he owned at the time of his death. He also secured the farm just west of the city which has since been transformed into "Gage's Lake."
While working the farm it was discovered that there was coal in good paying quantities in it and Mr. Gage received immense royalties from its production. All the time Mr. Gage was acquiring new city property. He put a large number of buildings and residences and rented them out.
Shortly after his arrival in Kansas the rough border ruffian period came on. Mr. Gage was loth to have war, believing that the question could be better settled by the bullet. When the call to arms came he enlisted as a private in the Second Kansas regiment. He was sworn in August 7, 1863, by a mustering officer from Fort Leavenworth as Number 2 in Captain Burn's battery, but the force was not ordered to take the field until October 14, 1864. This was the occasion of the famous Price raid, led by Colonel Sterling Price, with 30,000 men behind him.
Price was met by the Second Kansas which crossed over six miles into Missouri territory and at the Big Blue rover, occurred the famous "Battle of the Blue." There were only 300 men to fight for the Kansans and of these twenty-five were lost and seventy-five taken prisoners.
This battle has been commemorated by Mr. Gage in a history of the battle and he has shown his patriotism and love for his comrades by the erection of a magnificent $10,000 monument to the honor of the dead, in Topeka cemetery. The monument is a very beautiful and elaborate one and was the first and only time in the history of this or any other country that a private soldier has erected a monument in honor of his dead associates. This noble and generous act of Mr. Gage won for him the highest praise from the people of Shawnee County and the state. The fence which encloses the monument was purchased entirely by the school children of the city and county, each student presenting a small contribution.
In 1867, Mr. Gage was married to Miss Louisa Ives of Allegheny county, New York. Only one child was born, a daughter, who died when about one year of age.
In his daily life Mr. Gage was a model of propriety and carefulness in living. He always lived well and enjoyed life to the greatest extent but he had the true appreciation of the value of money and his advice to his younger friends was of the very highest order.
At the time of the famous boom Mr. Gage disposed of a large amount of his real estate holdings and with the money thus secured bought more after the close of the boom.
This property he rented and leased and during the past twenty years he was engaged in no other business except looking after it and in loaning money.
He was a true friend and many a person in the city is able to bear testimony to his kindness and generosity in time of need. His record as a business man was free from any stain of any kind and was marked by the most honorable dealings.
Mr. Gage leaves a wife to mourn the loss of a true and loving husband. He has two brothers, N.L. Gage who is now in Chicago and who will be here for the funeral and Steven Gage a resident of California. A telegram was sent to the latter but no response was received yesterday. Norris K. Gage was here about the time Mr. Gage was stricken and remained for a few days but later was called away.
The time and arrangements for the funeral will not be made until the arrival of the brothers.
Topeka Daily Capital – May 20, 1899
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TOPEKA BATTERY, 2nd REG.K.S.M. ARMY OF THE FRONTIER
Note: H/O Louisa Gage; daug Anna L.Gage
Plot: Sec 51
Created by: Oz
Record added: Mar 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13788696
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G.A.R. Post #495 (Topeka) was named in his honor. The Union Forever!|
Added: Oct. 29, 2011
Thank you for your service to Kansas and your Country during Price's Raid of 1864|
2nd Kansas Militia
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