Edrie Wilson Browder was a talented teacher, writer, local historian and a community volunteer. The daughter of Thomas Clyde, and Ola Gaston Wilson was born in January, 1910, in Oklahoma Settlement, a community five miles south of Gause.
She lived her entire life in Gause with the exception of November, 1916 to May, 1917, when her family moved to Slaton to find a better climate for her father’s health.
When a dust storm hit during their meal and they couldn’t eat for the grit on their food, they packed up and moved back to Gause.
Even as a child, Edrie was interested in the experience of creative writing. She loved helping the teachers. She finished the 10th grade in Gause at the age of sixteen. Her family could not financially afford sending her to San Marcos to college so she went back to the Gause School to take some review classes.
She took geometry, math and first year Spanish to add to the two years of Latin that she had. When a teacher was absent, she filled in as a substitute teacher for four years.
Still living at home with her parents, she was offered a job writing the Gause News for the Cameron, Hearne and Rockdale weekly newspapers. By 1927, she did get off to sub-college in San Marcos. By 1928 she had earned her firstclass teaching certificate, good for four years.
She taught during the school term and in the summer she attended San Marcos College to earn her bachelor and master of arts degrees.
She continued her education until she received certificates to be a principal and superintendent. She taught 45 years and substituted the next 10.
Edrie and Bob Browder married in December 1932.
During retirement she was involved in volunteer work in Gause, and Cameron.
She joined the Milam County Retired Teacher’s organization, was appointed to the Milam County Museum Board, Milam County Historical Commission, Executive Committee of the Extension Service and the Gause Community Improvement Program.
Th roug h her work on t he Improvement Program she got involved with the rural water system in the Gause area.
She was instrumental in the organization of Gause Founder’s Day. As the first grandchild to be born in the Wilson and Gaston families, she was accused of being a “born leader”.
The legacy she leaves for Gause and Milam County is her book, Gause, Texas – A Legacy in Pieces published in 1997.