|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1843|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1920|
William Charles GAGE on May 7th, 1864, he was united in marriage to Julia E. Stratton at Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.
When the editor's father dies, he gets an especially nice obit!
Aged Pioneer and Civil War Veteran Answers Grim Summons --
A great sorrow came to the Journal household on Saturday, Dec. 4th, when our beloved father, William C. Gage, passed to the Great Beyond.
He had not been in robust health for many years, but his decline was so gradual as to be hardly noticeable, and only last week he requested to be brought to the Journal office that he might direct out the papers as he had done for many years. However we thought this would be too much for him to do and persuaded him to remain at home. He had been dressed every day and had been out of doors when the weather was good.
At two o'clock Saturday morning he took some cough medicine and talked a little but at seven o'clock when he should have taken more medicine, it was impossible to waken him. Drs. Minnich and Hyland were called, powerful stimulants were given, but he was too far gone for them to be of any avail, and although everything that medical skill could suggest or loving hands could do, was done for him, he sank rapidly and at one o'clock that afternoon he passed without a struggle from the repose of sleep to the repose of death.
His death seems doubly sad to us, for from earliest recollection he had been a kind and indulgent father, a comrade and companion in all the joys and sorrows of boyhood and manhood.
The deceased was born at Bennington, Vermont, January 31, 1843, and with the exception of a few years which the family spent in Ohio, his youth was spent in Vermont. On June 20, 1860 he enlisted in Company A, Second Vermont Volunteers, and spent four years and four months in the service of his country.
On May 7th, 1864, he was united in marriage to Julia E. Stratton at Hoosick Falls, New York. To this union were born three sons, Geo. W. of Proctor, Colorado, Perry of Palmer and Numan A., who died in infancy; and five daughters: Kittie H. Scarborough of Gage Valley, Sarah K. Yarmon of Comstock, Minnie Stork, who died July 30, 1900, Helen Lindeman of Central City, and Julia Fidlier of Seattle, Washington.
He also leaves to mourn his decease his loving wife, Julia E. Gage, 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
In 1872 the family left the hills of Vermont and settled on a homestead in Gage Valley, which was named in honor of the deceased and his father, Alonzo Gage. It was with the hopes of improving his health that they moved to Nebraska, and although there was some improvement, he was never in good health after leaving the army. As he was unable to do the heavy work on a farm, he taught school for over thirty years.
He had been a devoted member of the G. A. R. for many years and had planned a meeting of the few survivors who reside here on the day of his death, but now the solider had fought his last fight, answered his final roll call and sleeps in the silent bivouacs of the dead. He had lived long and well and while we cannot wish him back, whether our days upon the earth be few or many, we shall rejoice that we were allowed to spend so many of them in his company, and we shall sigh, but sigh in vain for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.
The funeral was conducted from the M. E. church Monday afternoon, the Rev. W. R. Warren officiating, and the beautiful ritualistic rites in which he had participated so many times, were observed.
The Palmer Journal, December 9, 1920, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney
Occupation: School Teacher for 32 Yrs. at the Palmer School and never was paid more the $35.00 a month.
My Grandmother Lillian Belle GAGE MASON was also a student of Williams GAGE her Grandfather. William also taught his son Perry GAGE. He taught a one room classroom that had 30 to 40 children.
From the St. Paul Phonograph, September 29, 1892:
Prof. Wm. C. Gage is having a very successful school in Dist. #49. He has more than 20 enrolled. They have struck the right teacher at last...
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Alonzo Gage (1820 - 1911)
Clarissa Hill Gage (1814 - 1898)
Julia Etta Stratton Brown (1846 - 1933)*
Kittie Hulda Gage Scarborough (1866 - 1942)*
George William Gage (1868 - 1956)*
Sarah K. Gage Yarmon (1872 - ____)*
Minnie A. Gage Stork (1874 - 1900)*
Helen S. Gage Linderman (1876 - 1954)*
Perry Alonzo Gage (1879 - 1961)*
Julia T. Gage Fidlier (1880 - 1929)*
Numana A. Gage (1887 - 1888)*
William Charles Gage (1843 - 1920)
Catherine L. Gage Weed (1845 - 1906)*
Perry B. or Alonzo Gage (1847 - 1871)*
CO. A 2ND VT. VOL. INF.
Note: 7 MAY 1861 Vermont Civil War Co. A 2nd Vt. Vol. Inf.
Rose Hill Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Linda Berney
Record added: Aug 31, 2010
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