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Dorothy Louise Gage

Dorothy Louise Gage was born to Thomas Clarkson and Sophie Jewel Gage on June 11, 1898. She was the niece of Maud (Gage) Baum and her husband ("The Wizard of Oz" author) L. Frank Baum.

Tragically, little Dorothy passed away five months later on November 11, 1898 from "congestion of the brain".

While the Baums had four sons, Maud had always longed for a daughter and she was devasted by her niece's death. It is said that her husband used the child's name in his Oz stories (and later books) to cheer up his beloved wife.

Dorothy is buried in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois.

[Submitted by Teri Colglazier]


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