Gause, Ware, and Guleke Family Papers:
George L. Gause (1859-1938), the son of William R. and Amanda Louthen Gause, came to Fort Worth in 1870. After pursuing various trading ventures and a brief career practicing law, Gause operated a livery stable from 1876 to 1893. In 1879, he took undertaking courses in Galveston, New York, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and became the city's first undertaker beginning business on Rusk Street (now Commerce Street) between First and Second. He later moved to the Gause Block, bounded by Weatherford, Throckmorton, Taylor and Belknap Streets. Gause established the North Fort Worth Undertaking Company after the arrival of the packing houses at the Stockyards.
In 1928, George Gause opened Gause-Ware Funeral Home with his son-in-law, J. M. (John Morton) Ware (1877-1955), son of Robert J. and Sarah Pitts Ware. Gause's grandson, Morton G. Ware (1915-1979) later joined the business. Gause-Ware moved from its downtown location to 1251 Pennsylvania, formerly the Neil P. Anderson house, in 1929 where it remained until fire destroyed the structure in 1979. Shortly after the fire, Gause-Ware bought competitor Owens and Brumley, forming Gause-Ware, Owens and Brumley. The Ed C. Smith and Brother, Inc. funeral home in Dallas also became part of the Gause-Ware business holdings. Various ambulance and insurance companies were also operated by the Gause-Ware family as affiliated business ventures. Four generations of the Gause-Ware family have been involved in what was, until September 1, 1988, the longest continuously operating family business in Fort Worth when the funeral home business was sold to Meissner-Brown Funeral Home. With the sale, the business name was changed to Brown, Gause-Ware, Owens and Brumley. The firm is today providing funeral services under the name of Brown, Owens and Brumley Funeral Home.
George Gause was one of the first trained embalmers in Texas and held funeral director license 17. He is credited with many "firsts" including introducing of the first horse-drawn ambulance and later the first motor-driven emergency vehicle in Fort Worth; and introducing the first "home" type funeral parlor to Texas.
Morton G. Ware married Margaret A. (Dolly) Guleke, daughter of James O. and Margaret Agnes Seewald Guleke of Amarillo, in June 1939. The Morton Ware's had five children: daughters Mary Jane and Margaret (BeBe), and sons George, James, and Robert (Bob). Bob Ware defeated incumbent Democratic state representative Tom Schieffer in November 1978 to become the youngest member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Correspondence, legal documents, business ledgers, annual reports, photographs, genealogical information, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and artifacts. This collection represents the personal papers of the Gause, Ware, and Guleke families, and the business records pertaining to the several family undertaking businesses: George L. Gause, Undertaker, Gause-Ware Funeral Home, Gause-Ware, Owens and Brumley, and Ed C. Smith and Brother, Inc. Materials pertaining to Bob Ware's campaign for and service in the Texas State Legislature are also included.
Open for research.
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Gift of Margaret G. Ware, 2010-2011.
Gause, Ware, and Guleke Family Papers, Unprocessed mss. 2011-24, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
Accessioned as numbers 2011-24, 2011-43, 2011-48, 2011-68. This is an ongoing collection and further accessions are anticipated.