JAMES M. GAUME, M. D.
Vol. 3, p. 1031
Since 1907 Doctor Gaume has been located at Byron and has been steadily growing in reputation and skill as one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Alfalfa County. He is one of the earnest and capable men in the medical profession in that section and has as yet hardly reached the full tide of his success.
While most of his life has been spent either in Kansas or Oklahoma, James M. Gaume was born November 11, 1876, at Danville, Ohio, a son of Augustus J. and Mary M. (COLOPY) Gaume. His father was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1848, a son of parents who were born in France. Augustus Gaume was a merchant, cigar manufacturer and farmer, and farming was chief among his occupations throughout his active career. In 1881, when Doctor Gaume was five years of age he moved out to Kansas, buying land in Harper County, two miles east of Danville, and continued his successful work as a farmer there until his death February 4, 1893.
He was a member of the Catholic Church. His wife, whom he married in 1869, was born in Knox County, Ohio, July 10, 1851, a daughter of Jacob and Sarah (SAPP) Colopy, who were natives of Vermont. Mrs. Gaume died December 2, 1912, at Danville, Kansas, and was likewise a communicant of the Catholic Church. They had five children, four sons and one daughter, all living, as follows: Bertha Estella, born December 20, 1872, married in 1899 Ney TITUS, and they are now farmers in the Province of Alberta, Canada; Harry Wilfred, born August 4, 1874, was married 1902 to Lizzie SMITHHISLER, and he is now a leading physician at Harper, Kansas; the third in age is Dr. James M. Gaume; Francis Rolland, born November 1, 1879, married in 1902 to Laura FOLLOT, and is now a farmer in Alberta, Canada; Lamy Augustus, born January 5, 1889, is a farmer at Danville, Kansas, and was married in 1910 to Phoebe ERNEST.
The farm in Harper County, Kansas, was the scene of Doctor Gaume's early rearing, and he attended a Catholic parochial school at Danville, and also the Central Kansas Normal at Great Bend. In 1906 he graduated from the Ensworth Central Medical College of St. Joseph, Missouri, and in the same year began practice at Jennings, Kansas. After one year, in 1907, he removed to Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and has since resided at Byron. He is a member of the county and state medical societies and in 1914 served as vice president of the county society. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, and by reason of his special skill and attainments in that direction is affiliated with the American Association of Orificial Surgeons.
At Wichita, Kansas, May 14, 1909, Doctor Gaume married Miss Mabel V. BLANCHARD, daughter of James L. Blanchard, who is now living at Byron, Oklahoma. She was born September 20, 1886, at Smith Center, Kansas. They have two children, LaMont, born at Byron February 14, 1910, and James Garnet, born September 14, 1915. Doctor Gaume is a Catholic, in which faith he was reared, while his wife is a member of the Christian Church.
Transcribed by Lee Ann Collins, April 13, 1999