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Horace Simpson Gates
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1833
Windham County
Vermont, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1912
Red Bluff
Tehama County
California, USA

Son of Arad Holton Gates (1808-1884) and Louisa Eames (1811-1851). Husband of Olive (Dean) Gates (1839-1906).


HORACE S. GATES, a prosperous and enterprising farmer and dairyman, residing on section 34 of township 134, range 55, is one of the earliest settlers of Ransom county, and has gained his prominent position by dint of honest industry. He has gained a comfortable competence, and soon will retire from active labors the spend his declining years in quiet, a fitting reward for a live well spent. He has engaged in farming in Ransom county many years, and is now contemplating renting his estate.

Our subject was born in Windham county, Vermont, September 15 1833, and is of English descent. He was the only son and eldest child in a family of three children born to Arad and Louisa (Eames) Gates. He was reared on a farm and assisted with the labor, and at the age of twenty-one went with his father to Nicollett county, Minnesota. At that early day there were but two white families in the township, and the Indians were numerous. The later settled in Redwood county, and soon despaired of getting a start there, and they loaded their effects into wagons, and located on the Dakota land. Our subject was one of the first residents in the township and one of the earliest pioneers of Ransom county. His first abode in Dakota was 16x20 feet and was dug into the bank of the Sheyenne river, with logs built above. The roof was of poles, with a thick covering of clay, and the ground was the only floor. This was the home of our subject and the wife for two years, and although a humble abode they were furnished with plenty of food, trapping and hunting bringing in an abundance of game to their board. He had about fifteen head of stock when he started in Dakota, and devoted himself to general farming. He became a patron of a creamery in 1887, and the following year began the operation of a home dairy, with success, proving the feasibility of the dairy business in Dakota. He now has about twenty-five cows, and devotes his attention to the dairy business mostly. His arrangements are simple and inexpensive, and a separator run by hand or horse-power is the the only machinery in connection with the dairy. He sells most of the butter to private customers in Lisbon, and the surplus he ships to Duluth, his sales averaging about twenty cents per pound, the year around. On account of failing heath and his advanced age he is completing arrangements to rent the farm, and will probably make his home in Lisbon. His son is now interested with in the work, and together they own four hundred and eighty acres of valley land, altogether a fine estate. The have raised horses quite extensively on the farm.

Mr. Gates was married in 1858 to Miss Olive Dean, a native of Vermont. Seven children have been born to them, as follows: George, engaged in farming in Ransom county, Alice, now Mrs. Dye; Jesse D., farming with our subject; Hattie, now Mrs. Daniels, of Montana; Abbie, now Mrs. A.L. Murray; Cora, now Mrs. M.E. Murray; and Mabel, who was born in Dakota Territory. In political faith, Mr. Gates is a Republican. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gates will be pleased to find their portrait in connection with this sketch. 
Family links: 
  Olive Dean Gates (1839 - 1906)
  George Horace Gates (1859 - 1936)*
  Alice Rosetta Gates Dye (1864 - 1934)*
  Cora Olive Gates Marshall (1878 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Ransom County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: David Dye
Record added: Apr 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88278473
Horace Simpson Gates
Added by: David Dye
Horace Simpson Gates
Added by: David Dye
Horace Simpson Gates
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