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Robert B. Gage
(1875-1946)

Robert Burns Gage was born in Kaneville, Venango County, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1875, the son of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Spence and William Leland Gage, who was involved in the early petroleum industry in Pennsylvania. After marrying he lived in Trenton, New Jersey with his wife Mary Louise Collins (married 1908), and worked as a chemist for the New Jersey State Highway Commission. He also collected minerals, specializing in Franklin, New Jersey. The Franklin species gageite (which he was the first to analyze) was named in his honor in 1911. Gage was the coauthor of the descriptions of several new mineral species from Franklin, including chlorophoenicite and schallerite. He corresponded with many of the major collectors of his day (Washington Roebling, Frederick Canfield, etc.) and supplied them with Franklin specimens.

Labels in the Mineralogical Record Label Archive are dated from 1908 to 1928, including one for gageite (1913). As of 1930 Gage was still working for the State of New Jersey and living in Ewing, New Jersey with his second wife, Ida Provost (married 1924), a daughter by his first wife, and three children by Ida. In 1944 he sold his collection to Robert C. Linck and Robert B. Hesse, who divided it between themselves. Gage died in 1946. Linck's collection was dispersed by New York Mineral dealer John Betts.

References:
U.S. Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
Descendants of William C. Spence, Sr.
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Gageite label dated 1913
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