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Gage Memorial Cemetery
AKA Wolf Valley IOOF Lodge #99 Cemetery

LOCATION: 1/2 Mile West and 1/2 South of Gage
SEC 9 - TWP 22 - R 24

© Donna Barnes

The 1st Post Office serving the local ranches of LIZZIE was in the home of Mr. Frederick D. Webster. The railroad was developed between 1893 and 1894 and the name became "LIZZIE'S SWITCH." The official town of Gage was established on February 5th 1895. First freight train with a passenger car arrived in October of 1887 but, regular passenger service was not developed until 1896.

The first home in Gage was built in 1894 by John Barr. The 1st recorded burial was of Mrs. Sophia Nee: ZEH FAUSS in 1896. She had been terminally ill and reportedly stated that since there was no cemetery in the area she might as well be the one to die and start one. Mr. FAUSS, with the help of some of the other Gage residents, selected the present cemetery site.

The cemetery was officially started in 1903. The most documented burials were those of the BUBP family who drowned at 25 Mile Creek in 1915. It was quite a process to bring the family across a flooded Wolf Creek for burial. A Methodist Minister, Mr. PROFFITT, was one known to have helped bury the dead during the flu epidemic of 1918. Some remember that there was a funeral almost every day and at least three in one day. The oldest date of death in the cemetery is that of Mrs. Sarah WALTON in 1890. She was first buried in Lipscomb Co. TX. Her grave was moved to Gage when the cemetery was established.

The land transactions show Mr. Ralph Dana COLE owned the land originally and in 1903 Sold 12acres at $10.00 for cemetery. The Oddfellow Lodge became owner in about 1908. Later, Mr. John M. DEGRANGE sold land to the cemetery association to enlarge the cemetery. Mr. DEGRANGE had been able to look out a window of his home upon the spot where he wished to be buried. In about 1945 the Oddfellow Lodge closed and the land was deeded to the Gage Cemetery Association. Mrs. Lelah CULLY took on the project as a member of the Historical Society and citizen of Gage, developing a map so grave placements could be shown.

Lelah has worked many days and hours documenting the cemetery. Her son-in-law, Jere COURTER helped by developing a system on his computer for her to use. Mrs. Lois FORD helped walk the cemetery as well. Mr. Earl RANDOLPH has the records of the lot owners.

We know that over the years different ones have walked and documented this cemetery. Hopefully, those works will be shared someday so we can compare with what we have recorded from headstones and family members.

There are over 100 unknown graves in this cemetery. Since 1991, approximately 20 unmarked graves have been identified by lot owners and other family members.

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