Gauss, Charles Frederick, wholesale hats, caps, etc; born in St. Charles Co., Mo., May 30, 1838; son of Charles W. and Louisa A. (Fallenstein) Gauss; educated in public schools; married, St. Louis, 1861, Mary Lamoureux (now deceased); 2d, St. Louis, 1879, Ida H. Smith; children: Adele (Mrs. C.W. Bullen), Emma (Mrs. Samuel H. Young), Louisa (Mrs J.P. Annan), Sadie (Mrs. George S. Tenney). Began business career as a clerk for Crow, McCreery & Co., wholesale dry goods, St. Louis, in 1855, and in fall of 1856 became clerk for Fallenstein & Gauss, wholesale boots and shoes. In 1860 started wholesale hat business in a small way; associated with partners as Krausse, Hunecke & Gauss, later becoming Gauss, Hunecke & Co.; the firm subsequently incorporated as the Gauss-Shelton Hat Co., afterwards changing to present style of Gauss-Langenberg Hat Co., wholesale hats, caps, gloves, umbrellas, etc., of which is president. Director Merchants-Laclede National Bank, American Central Insurance Co. Was a member of Co. A, First Regiment, Missouri National Guard. Mason (Blue Lodge). Clubs: St. Louis Country, Noonday. Recreation: golf.-The Book of St. Louisans
Gauss, according to the article in the St. Louis Daily Republic of February 9, 1896, was a member of the Commercial Club.