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Capt Charles Henry Cates
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Birth: Dec. 15, 1859
Machias
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Oct. 14, 1938
North Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

Capt. Charles Henry Cates, 76, veteran skipper and towboat operator of the BC coast and head of the firm of C H Cates & Sons of this city, died at home, 226 W 4th St, at 1:30 pm today (Oct 14, 1938). Born in Machias, Maine, Dec 15, 1959, Capt Cates came to Vancouver in 1886 and almost immediately entered the towboat, piledriving and stevedoring business. In 1902 he moved to Moodyville where he continued those operations and made his home in this city (North Vancouver) in 1904, establishing the firm of C.H. Cates. Capt Cates came of a seafaring family. In 1863 his parents moved to Nova Scotia where his father followed the shipbuilding and marine repair trade. Of the family of 11, there were 6 boys, all of whom took to the sea at an early age. Capt Cates left home at the age of 13 to lauch out on a seafaring career. At first he was cook on a schooner carrying coal between Nova Scotia and St John. He later signed on larger ships and in 1879 got the idea he would like to come west. In 1880 he proceeded to Manitoba. Things were going ahead at a fast pace then. The CPR was building to Port Arthur, Capt Cates decided to work with the contractors, but it proved an unfortunate experience all the was through. By various stages, Capt Cates made his way across Canada and in 1885 reached Revelstoke, which was then called Farwell. Early the following year he started for the coast and made the journey by boat and train. The train got him as far as Port Hammond and then he went by the steamer "Princess Louise" to Victoria. Things were dull there so Capt Cates decided to move to Granville, a town on the mainland that is the site of the present city of Vancouver. At that time there was a heated controversy concerning changing the name from Granville to Vancouver. The issue had scarcely been settled when the great fire broke out in 1886 and practically wiped out the entire city, leaving the Hastings Mill as the only industry left in operation. For 4 years, Capt Cates was with the CPR under the superintencency of Capts Warren and Fullerton. Then he was skipper of "Spratt's Ark" for several years. In 1895 Capt Cates married Miss Mary Wilhelmina Barrow in Victoria. He went into the stevedoring business soon after and in 1897, when the Klondike gold rush started, Capt Cates made several trips to Skagway. He also went into the piledriving and contracting business. Besides building many wharves in Vancouver, Capt Cates purchased property here and built the first wharf, the one at which the famous "SS Lonsdale" docked to load supplies for the Yukon. Capt Cates and his wife then made their home here. On the return of two of Capt Cates' sons from overseas at the close of the war, the firm of C.H. Cates & Sons was established here. Strangely enough, Capt Cates has never gone back over the CPR since it was completed to the coast. He used to say: "But then I have no desire to, I have always thought BC was good enough for me or anyone else, and so it is." Capt Cates is survived by his wife; 3 sons, Capt John Henry Cates, Capt Charles Warren Cates and Capt James Francis Cates, all residing here, and 4 daughters, Mrs Earl Ward of West Vancouver, Mrs Hugh Wallace of Vancouver, Mrs Fred Stevenson and Miss Nellie Cates residing here.
Source: North Shore Press, Fri Oct 14, 1938 "Capt Cates Claimed by Death Here" 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Andrew Jackson Cates (1831 - 1904)
  Catherine Louise Kelly Cates (1832 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Wilhelmina Barrow Cates (1874 - 1950)*
 
 Children:
  John Henry Cates (1896 - 1986)*
  Mary Wilhelmina Cates (1897 - 1897)*
  Jessie Lillian Cates (1897 - 1897)*
  Charles Warren Cates (1899 - 1960)*
  Marguerite Rosester Cates Ward (1902 - 1972)*
  Isabella Agnes Cates (1905 - 1905)*
  Mabel Isabel Cates (1905 - 1905)*
  Mary Catherine Cates Wallace (1906 - 1996)*
  James Francis Cates (1909 - 1967)*
  Theresa Ann Cates McManus (1912 - 2005)*
  Ellen Elizabeth Cates Mitchell (1914 - 1983)*
  Baby Stillborn Male Cates (1915 - 1915)*
 
 Siblings:
  Francis Abbott Cates (1856 - 1917)*
  Charles Henry Cates (1859 - 1938)
  George Emery Cates (1861 - 1936)*
  John Andrew Cates (1863 - 1942)*
  Willard Ernest Cates (1872 - 1947)*
  James Warren Cates (1874 - 1956)*
  Lucy Lillian Cates Turner (1880 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
CATES/ 1858 Capt. Charles H. 1938/ Machias, Maine, USA/ 1874 Mary Wilhelmina 1950/ Brantford, Ont./ In Loving Memory
 
Burial:
North Vancouver Cemetery
North Vancouver
Greater Vancouver Regional District
British Columbia, Canada
Plot: 59/7
 
Created by: Judy Koren
Record added: Jul 21, 2012
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Capt Charles Henry Cates
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- Judy
 Added: Jul. 21, 2012
 
 
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