Funeral Homes in Gage, OK
Gage is a town in Ellis County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 442 at the 2010 census. Located in the central part of Ellis County on State Highway 46, thirteen miles north of Arnett, the county seat, and on Highway 15, twenty-one miles southwest of Woodward, Gage developed primarily because of transportation access. The military road from Fort Supply to Fort Elliott/Mobeetie, Texas, passed near the future town, and two miles to the northwest a stage stop existed at the confluence of Little Wolf and Wolf creeks. In 1887 the Southern Kansas Railway (later part of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) had constructed a line across northwestern Oklahoma from Kansas to the Texas Panhandle. A station called Gage, for a Chicago railroad financier, was established in July near Wolf Creek. Once the domain of various Plains Indian groups, by that time this region had become part of the Cherokee Outlet, opened to settlement by a land run in September 1893.Santa Fe railroad depot, Gage OK, 1906After that, Woodward County included the site of future Gage. A year after the run several settlers, including John Barr and Frederick D. Webster, took up land near the railroad stop. A post office was designated in February 1895, with Webster as postmaster. By 1898 the community was big enough to support a half dozen stores, a hotel, and a sawmill. In 1901 activity surrounding the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache lands, to the south, attracted new people to the town and farmers to purchase land nearby. The town's residents voted to incorporate a six-block area in May 1904. Eighteen months later, anti-liquor campaigner and Guthrie resident Carrie Nation, on one of her lecture tours through Oklahoma Territory, made a brief visit to Gage's saloons and met a cold reception. In 1907, when Ellis County was created, taking in this part of Woodward County, Gage's 1907 population stood at 755 and in 1910 at 924, the all-time peak.The growing community served as a cattle and grain shipping point for the surrounding area. Prosperity in the first decade after incorporation attracted two banks, five lumberyards, and more than two dozen retail establishments. Two cotton gins, a roller mill, and three elevators served farmers. The Brennecke Metal Manufacturing Company made water and stock tanks. A theater and the Wolf Valley Cornet Band provided entertainment. Travelers patronized three hotels and five restaurants. Residents could attend any one of three churches, and children attended a large school building.Like most rural centers, Gage suffered a decline in the World War I years, but the ideally located railroad town remained viable, as it was some distance from towns of any size. Newspapers serving the residents have included the Ellis County Advocate, the Ellis County Republican, the Gage Banner, and the Gage Record, with the latter continuing in existence at the end of the twentieth century. In 1920 the town had 804 inhabitantsBecause of the flat terrain and good weather, the U.S. Army maintained a 720-acre bomber-pilot training field outside Gage during World War II. In the 1940s and 1950s Gage supported two dozen retail stores, gasoline stations, and other commercial establishments. The 1940 census recorded 684 inhabitants, and the 1960 census, 482.After paved highways allowed commuting to jobs in Woodward and Shattuck, Gage's population rose to 536 and 667 in 1970 and 1980, respectively. Folk artist Jim Powers, whose \"junk yard art\" is created in welded metal, makes Gage his base of operations. The Bank of Gage building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR 83004169). Ranching and farming are still the community's economic mainstay. A commercial airport still operated in 2000, using the former military runways. In 1904 National Weather Service established a regional climate station at Gage, and the station served the Civil Aviation Authority/FAA at the airport from 1939. The FAA portion of the facility moved to McAlester in the 1990s, but the weather service maintained an unmanned station at the Gage location, which by 2004 had been gathering weather data for a century. After declining to 473 in 1990, Gage finished the twentieth century with a population of 429. February, 2012, Gage had its first large business to open shop in many years. MAALT TRANSPORT, a rapidly expanding oil & gas service company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Oil & Gas field truck operation, including sand hauling. Currently operating 45 trucks and have built a large yard/operation on the east side of Gage, next to the Gage Cemetery and Highway 15. Gage is home of Oklahoma’s “largest outdoor swimming pool.” Adjacent to the pool, is a clear, spring-fed lake that’s about the size of five football fields. See Gage Artesian Beach Below
It was written by Topeka Capital-Journal on October 21st, 2016 that Betty Jean Vitt (Burnam) died in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Vitt was 91 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to express your sorrow and honor Betty Jean's life.
It was written by The News Tribune on January 10th, 2016 that Imogene L Sherwood (Lewis) passed away in Washington. Ms. Sherwood was 90 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to express your sympathy and honor Imogene L's life.
It was revealed by The Herald on November 14th, 2015 that Su Lynn Champion (Bright) passed on in Everett, Washington. Ms. Champion was 81 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to share your condolences and honor Su Lynn's life.
It was revealed by Hastings Tribune on October 20th, 2014 that Paul J "Jack" Largent passed on in Hastings, Nebraska. Largent was 92 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to express your sorrow and honor Paul J "Jack"'s life.
It was disclosed on July 14th, 2014 that Richard Anthony "Rick" Wilson passed on in Gage, Oklahoma. Wilson was 52 years old. Send flowers to express your sympathy and honor Richard Anthony "Rick"'s life.
It was written by Hazleton Standard-Speaker on August 10th, 2013 that Arthur "Art" Smith passed away in Drums, Pennsylvania. Smith was 92 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to share your condolences and honor Arthur "Art"'s life.
It was noted on June 27th, 2013 that Patricia Adaline "Patte" Bettis (Minton) passed on in Gage, Oklahoma. Ms. Bettis was 92 years old and was born in Shreveport, LA. Send flowers to express your sorrow and honor Patricia Adaline "Patte"'s life.
It was revealed by Tri-City Herald on January 31st, 2013 that James Henry Volkman passed on in Richland, Washington. Volkman was 92 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to share your condolences and honor James Henry's life.
It was reported by Klamath Falls Herald and News on November 24th, 2012 that Robert Maxwell Sr Oates perished in Chiloquin, Oregon. Oates was 79 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to express your sympathy and honor Robert Maxwell Sr's life.
It was reported by Canon City Daily Record on June 18th, 2012 that Hugh Jones Gay passed away in Florence, Colorado. Gay was 92 years old and was born in Gage, OK. Send flowers to share your condolences and honor Hugh Jones's life.
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