In Memory of
Fireman Benjamin O. "Tex" Gause
Assigned to Truck 39
Driving Battalion 10
out of Fire Station 39
Appointed July 1, 1924
Died September 9, 1940
Traffic collision on Vanowen at Reseda Boulevard
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Los Angeles Times, September 10, 1940
In far less time than it takes to tell, the coupe plowed into the left front side of the Buick, tearing off the fender, demolishing the grill, hood and front of the car. In that instant of springing and tearing of steel, the left front door sprung open and Fireman "Tex" Gause was hurled clear of the wreckage, striking his head on the pavement, killing him instantly. The coupe, driven by a Dr. Carter of Reseda, was smashed up on its right front and side, skidding and turning over several times before coming to rest in an adjacent field. Passersby called an ambulance and Chief Roeder was removed to the Georgia Street Receiving Hospital, where he was hospitalized for severe head and shoulder injuries. The body of Fireman Gause had to be held pending the arrival of the corner.
Tex's body was removed to the Canoga Park Funeral Home where services were held
with Chaplain Cordell, of the Relief Association, officiating, aided by the Fire Fighters'
Post of the American Legion. Pallbearers were his comrades of 39s and the detail was in
charge of Assistant Chief Augustne. Ben Gause was born in Houston, Texas, November 3,
1897, of Scotch parentage, and was survived by his widow, Mrs. June
Gause. He was also survived by his stepchildren: Robert
Donaldson and Charles C. Donaldson. He was
appointed to the Los Angeles Fire Department July 1, 1924. He was interred at Oakwood
cemetery in the Valley.
This article appeared in the June, 1945 issue of the The Firemen's Grape Vine.
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