History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 431
HISTORY OF TEXAS.
man until 1877. Ile then established the
third general store in Taylor, doing business
under the firm name of J. Melaskey & Co.,
with a capital stock of $6,000, and B. and
H. Melaskey, of Austin, owned a half interest
in the establishment. Four years later
this firm dissolved, and the partnership of
Melaskey & Goldstone was formed, which
continued five years. Since that time our
subject has continued alone, carrying a general
merchandise stock amounting to about
$35,000, and his sales reach $75,000 annually.
He does both a cash and credit business.
Mr. Melaskey erected the second brick
business house in Taylor, and at the present
time owns two large business buildings. He
also has city property to the amount of
$25,000, has a good cotton gin and a $10,000
Mr. Melaskey was married, in 1880, to
Miss Sarah Pearlstone, a native of Leon
county, Texas, and a daughter of I. M. Pearlstone,
of Waco, this State. Our subject and
wife have four children: Himan, Lulu, Annett
and Harris. Both Mr. and Mrs. Melaskey
are members of the Jewish congregation.
The former also affiliates with the I. 0. 0. F.,
the American L. of H., Hill City Lodge, No.
241, I. 0. B. B., and Maccabees, Taylor
Lodge, No. 10.
\W\ AsILLIAM J. GAUSE.--The subject
of this sketch is one whose name
will live in the history of Milam
county, not because of the circumstance of its
having been given to one of the towns of the
county, but because his personal worth is
such that those among whom he has so long
lived, will not willingly let the story of his
life be forgotten, but rather will transmit it
to their descendants, and thus into perpetuity.
William J. Gause is a son of Williami
Gause, who was a son of Jolin Gause, the
last named being a native probably of North
Carolina. Ile was of Gerian extraction,
a descendant of one of those thrifty, peaceful
people called " Pennsylvania Dutch." by
whom not only the great Keystone State
but others of the original thirteen colonies
were settled in the early days of the Republic.
John Ganse is known to have served in the
American Revolution, and family tradition
credits him with having been a good soldier.
He spent his later years in North Carolina,
where lie was successfully engaged in planting.
Williain Gauee, the father of Willial.
J., of this article, was born in North Carolina,
in the year 1800. He grew up there, and at
about the age of twenty, went to Alabama,
locating in the vicinity of Montgomery, where
lie subsequently met, and in 1828 married
Mary Ann Moseley, a daughter of Robert
and Rebecca Moseley, who had moved from
South Carolina to Alabama, about 1820 or
1825. For twenty years William Gause was
successfully engaged in agriculture in Montgomnery
county, Alabama, when in the year
1840, in the prime and vigor of manhood,
he died, deeply mourned by a family who
profoundly loved him, and by a large number
of friends to whom he had endeared himself
by his useful services and genial nature. He
had no civil or military record. Of him it
can be recorded as the Psalmist said of another:
His ways were ways of pleasantness,
and all his paths were peace. He had, however,
a brother, John Gause, who was a man
of public note in Alabama, in an early day,
being one of the framers of the first State
constitution, and both being ardent Whigs
in the times when the political contest was
between Whigs and Democrats. After the
death of her husband, the widow of William
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