He was the oldest son of William and Catherine Gamel and was raised in the cattle trade. He served a stint in the thirty-third Regiment of the Texas Cavalry in 1862 and 1863. After the war he mattied Kathleen Crosby in 1864. By 1876 his ranch exceeded 35,000 acres in southwestern Mason County. He made his fortune in the cattle business and was one of the influential men of his time. He was recalled by old timers in Dodge City, Kansas as a "flamboyant, forceful Texan" who celebrated at the end of cattle drives by lighting cigars with ten dollar bills, declaring he had "enough money to burn a wet dog."
John W. had a second wife: Alice KETTER, daughter of Francis and Catherine KELLER Kettner. John and Alice were married 1881 in Mason, Mason Co., TX.
His youngest son was Herbert and Herbert had three older brothers, one of the was Bill L.
William Gamel (1822 - 1901)
Catherine Crosby Gamel (1843 - 1880)
Alice Kettner Gamel (1863 - 1942)*
Effie M Gamel (1882 - 1913)*
Nell Gamel Lauderdale (1886 - 1960)*
Herbert Zork Gamel (1888 - 1934)*
Bill L Gamel (1914 - 1997)*
John William Gamel (1844 - 1917)
Thomas Wiley Gamel (1846 - 1937)*
Josephine Gamel Milligan (1853 - 1942)*
Julia Ann Gamel Carter (1860 - 1945)*
Alfred Hunter Gamel (1862 - 1920)*
Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Jun 06, 2010
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