Helen Sommer Gage wedding portrait ca. 1914 (MLSC)

410 Normal Avenue
In between the Love Boat and the Pi Beta Phi house on Normal
Property Owner
Wayne Cook
R.H. Allen
c. 1861-2

The Allen-Sommer-Gage House (also called the Gage House) is a house in the South Campus Neighborhood which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an individual property in 1977; and also listed as a contributor to the South Campus Historic District in 1991.

It was designed by R.H. Allen in Greek Revival style and constructed circa 1861-2. It is the oldest house still standing in Chico. It was listed on the Register of Historic Places on April 13, 1977 with ID Number 77000288.

Helen Sommer-Gage was born in the house in 1888 and was living there at the time she died in 1980. As a child she knew John Bidwell. Today, the house is owned by Wayne Cook who rents it out.1


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2009-07-15 15:40:28   The Gage House was actually built c. 1861-1862. —


Helen Sommer Gage had a daughter, Sybil Gage, I believe thats how its spelled, Who called my aunts, Helen Spears, Alta Wise and my cousin Linda Wise, to chico just after my grandmother Lillian Sherman died. She during this meeting revealed that she was my grandmothers biological mother. I just found out about this from my cousin, since I live in Kansas City Missouri, Which would make Helen Sommer Gage my great great grandmother. I would like to find out some family medical history at my Doctors request.  Ted W. Harrison


1. But this is Chico, too ''Just about normal''
2. Special Collections Meriam Library