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Wells Gage Family Records
Wells Gage Family Records, 1884-2013
Title: Wells Gage Family Records, 1884-2013
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 08/07/2013
Subjects: Agriculture, Genealogy and Family History
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Collection Historical Note
Wells Herbert Gage was born to Charles and Ida (Towne) Gage July 24, 1884, on the family homestead in Ellsbury Township, Barnes County, North Dakota. He received a teaching certificate from Valley City State University (at the time known as Valley City State Normal School) in 1904, and taught at the Aljoe School in the northwest part of Ellsbury Township. In 1905, he taught at the "Bill McClellan" School District 101 in Rochester Township, Barnes County. Gage decided to abandon teaching due to poor wages and, with the urging of his parents, attended a private school in Des Moines, Iowa, to study pharmacy. He completed coursework in 1908 and moved to Oriska, North Dakota, to work in a drug store. After a short time, he gave up this work and began farming. Gage worked for five years as a farm hand on the Andrew Brudevold farm near Page, North Dakota. During his time as a farm hand, he met Wilhelmena "Minnie" Augusta Sophia Peter, who was working as a housekeeper on the Brudevold farm. Wells and Minnie were married November 6, 1912.
Gage purchased 160 acres of land from Andrew Brudevold and, by 1912, began his own farming operations in Rochester and Ellsbury Townships, while residing near Walden, North Dakota. Wells and Minnie had eleven children, but one, Ida Ruth Gage, died at the age of one in 1920. Gage retired from farming and moved to Valley City in 1948. In 1972, he and Minnie moved to Hi Acres Manor in Jamestown and resided there until his death on January 22, 1974. Minnie then returned to Valley City where she remained until her death in 1983.
Source: Page, North Dakota: One Hundred Years. Page, ND, 1982.
Repository: Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Mena J. Ruyle, Sun City West, Arizona
Acquisition Method: Donation, 2013-3223
Separated Materials: The biography of Wells Gage, Jr., titled Life and Ministry of Wells Gage, from plough to pulpit, has been separated from the collection and will be cataloged.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Wells Gage Family Records. OGLMC 1625. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Processing Information: Austin Olson, graduate student intern, processed the collection in February 2016.
Box and Folder Listing
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Genealogical Records of the Gage Family
- Folder 2: Gage Family History, 27 May 2013
- Folder 3: Charles Albert Gage, Sr.
OGLMC 1625-1: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Albert Gage and Wells Gage, December 5, 1889
OGLMC 1625-2: Albert and Louise Peter, and Charlies and Ida Gage, 1925
OGLMC 1625-3: John and Eleanor Gage, parents of Charles Albert Gage, 1892
OGLMC 1625-17: Charles Albert Gage family: Wells, Sue, John, Charles and Ida, 1906
- Folder 4: John Marshall Gage and Sue Gage Fosteson
OGLMC 1625-4: John Marshall Gage Family
OGLMC 1625-5: John Marshall Gage Family, 1975
OGLMC 1625-6: Sue Gage (Fosteson), on Charles Albert Gage's funeral, 1947
OGLMC 1625-7: Wells, John, and Sue Gage
OGLMC 1625-8: John
OGLMC 1625-9: John Marshall Gage
- Folder 5: Wells Herbert Gage, Sr.
OGLMC 1625-10: Wells Gage family, in back: Ed, Esther, Charles-hidden, in front: Fern, Fred, Paul, Wells Jr., 1930. Louise took the picture, because of this is not present in the photograph
OGLMC 1625-11: Wells and Minnie Gage with their ten children
OGLMC 1625-12: Wells Gage's parents and in-laws
OGLMC 1625-13: Photograph of child
OGLMC 1625-14: Wells Gage's homestead, 1943
OGLMC 1625-15: Wells and Minnie Gage
OGLMC 1625-16: Wells and Minne Gage's wedding, November 6th, 1912
OGLMC 1625-18: Wells and Minnie Gage, 1946
OGLMC 1625-19: Gage boys at Charlie Gage (grand father's) burial, April, 1947
- Folder 6: Wilhemena (Minnie) Augusta Sophia Peter Gage
OGLMC 1625-20: Photograph of elderly woman
- Folder 7: Martha Louise Gage Schiewek
OGLMC 1625-21: Arrival in Oregon, at Martha's house, 1947
OGLMC 1625-22: Martha Louise's Alma Matter- North Central Bible Institute
OGLMC 1625-23: Martha Louise Gage, 1 year old, born June 2, 1914, Page, ND, at the family farm
OGLMC 1625-24: Collection of photos of Martha Louise
OGLMC 1625-25: Martha Louise and June, 1992
- Folder 8: Charles Albert Gage
OGLMC 1625-26: Charles Gage and his wife Gladys
OGLMC 1625-27: Make and Kathy Gage, Charles' children
OGLMC 1625-28: Charles Gage in his military uniform, 1943
OGLMC 1625-29: Kathy Gage 7th grade picture, Oct. 1972
- Folder 9: Esther Matilda Gage Thompson
OGLMC 1625-30: Photograph of Esther
OGLMC 1625-31: Esther, 1941
OGLMC 1625-32: Esther
OGLMC 1625-33: Photograph of Esther's daughters, Patty and Susan
- Folder 10: Wells Herbert Gage, Jr.
OGLMC 1625-34: Wells Gage Jr.'s sons, James and Robert, August, 1961
OGLMC 1625-35: Wells Jr. and his wife Yvonne.
OGLMC 1625-36: Wells Jr. and Yvonne
OGLMC 1625-37: Wells Jr., April 4th, 1944
OGLMC 1625-38: Wells Jr.
OGLMC 1625-39: Wells Jr., 1965
OGLMC 1625-40: Seth Thomas clock purchased by Charles Gage (Wells Jr.'s Grandfather), handed down to Wells H Gage, 1941
- Folder 11: Fern Elizabeth Gage Larson
OGLMC 1625-41: Fern and her children
OGLMC 1625-42: Fern's daugher
OGLMC 1625-43: Fern's son
OGLMC 1625-44: Fern with her brothers and sisters
OGLMC 1625-45: Fern
OGLMC 1625-46: Fern and Lawrence, 1951
OGLMC 1625-47: Fern
OGLMC 1625-48: Fern, 1948
- Folder 12: Paul Wesley Gage
- Folder 13: Fred William Gage
OGLMC 1625-49: Wedding Photo
OGLMC 1625-50: Fred Gage's sons
OGLMC 1625-51: Fred Gage's son Kenneth
OGLMC 1625-52: Fred Gage's sons Douglas (2 years old) and Kenneth (6 months)
OGLMC 1625-53: Truck
OGLMC 1625-54: Fred Gage family
- Folder 14: Mena June Gage Ruyle
OGLMC 1625-55: June Gage, 1950
- Folder 15: Clarke Everett Gage
OGLMC 1625-56: Miss Bergstrand, taught at Walden School, 1946
OGLMC 1625-57: Clarke Gage Wedding