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Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, December 2008
in a Pecan Shell
last! A town named after the pioneering settler and not a railroad official, brakeman
or track-walker. The man was William J. Gause and the year was 1872. There was
a strong railroad connection, however, for Mr. Gause granted a right-of-way to
the Missouri Pacific Railroad and that was responsible for the town's early and
almost immediate prosperity.
was a shipping point for Milam County farmers who shipped corn,
cotton and cottonseed oil (ginned and processed
right there in Gause). But by the 1920's, the town started into a decline as did
many Texas towns.
The automobile became affordable
and the problem of "keeping them down on the farm" was indeed a reality after
World War I. Being only 16 miles
from the county seat,
made it easy for Gausians to spend their income in Cameron.
At it's population high-water mark, there were 1,000 people living in
Gause, although it's hard to imagine that now. The population reached its lowest
point with just over 200 people in the 1970s. The population is experiencing current
growth (est. 400) as many people are escaping the larger towns that their grandparents
found so magnetic.
TE photos, 2000
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Milam County Texas
There was a man named Bigfoot Ray or John Bigfoot
Ray who was killed in a bar fight in Rosebud,
Texas. I don't know the year but it was probably in the 1920's. He was part
Native American. He was from Mississippi or Alabama. Someone said he was buried
in an Indian cemetery on the way to Gause, Texas but I don't know if that is correct.
Would anyone have a source that might make mention of a Bigfoot Ray or a John
Bigfoot Ray? Thanks, Ross Smith, July 19, 2006. firstname.lastname@example.org
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