Eber N. Gause, of Caney, who was ordained and served for a number of years in the Quaker ministry, has also been identified with large business enterprises, being at the present time secretary and general manager of the American Vitrified Brick Company, of Caney, and president of the Sapulpa Brick Company, of Sapulpa, Okla. Rev. Mr. Gause was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, March 18, 1859, a son of Jesse and Ann (Stanbrough) Gause, both of whom were natives of Ohio. The Gause family is an old one in America, and originally of Quaker faith, having been established in this country by ancestors who were followers of William Penn and settled with him in Pennsylvania. The name is of Scotch origin, while that of Stanbrough is of English origin. Jesse Gause, who was a farmer, came to Kansas in 1862 and settled on a farm near Emporia, where he resided until his death. The mother also died there. Five of their children grew to maturity.
Rev. Mr. Gause was reared on the farm near Emporia, and received an excellent education, his education in the country schools having been supplemented by courses in the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, and in Westtown College, near Philadelphia, Pa., the latter of which is a Quaker institution. He became chief clerk of the Sac and Fox Indian agency, in the Indian Territory, and remained in the Indian service four and a half years, after which for twelve years he was located at Garden City, Kan., where he was engaged in the hardware and implement business. After following that business five years in Mound City, Kan., he quit merchandising in order to accept the position of secretary and general manager of the Mound City Brick & Gas Company, which position he held until 1908, when he relinquished it in order to accept a similar position with the American Vitrified Brick Company, of Caney, Kan., of which he was one of the leading organizers.
Rev. Mr. Gause was ordained to the Quaker ministry in 1898 and served regularly as pastor at Garden City and at Barclay from 1898 until his removal to Mound City, in 1902. During his residence at Mound City he served seven years as pastor of the Congregational church. During all his services as a pastor he also continued his business interests.
Rev. Mr. Gause was married, in 1882, to Miss Almeda M. Carter, a native of Kansas, and to their union have been born four children: Charles I., Orval J., Paul E., and Eunice Ann. Rev. Mr. Gause supports the men and measures of the Republican party, and served as alderman six years while a resident of Garden City. He is a Master Mason, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.Pages 879-880 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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