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Charles Edwin “Pop” Gates

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Charles Edwin “Pop” Gates

Birth
Monticello, White County, Indiana, USA
Death
19 Mar 1952 (aged 80)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Medford, Jackson County, Oregon, USA Add to Map
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Charles Edwin "Pop" Gates, a prominent businessman, statewide political figure, and a two-term Medford mayor. Gates served on the Oregon State Fair Board and on the Oregon Highway Commission. As a businessman, Gates and his brother. William A. Gates, established the C.E. Gates Auto Company, by 1913 becoming the local Ford/Lincoln dealership. He bought his brother's share of the auto company in 1920, which remained in business until 1940. As Medford mayor, Gates led efforts to switch Medford's water supply from the inadequate Fish Lake to Big Butte Springs, which ensured Medford an adequate water for the coming years of growth. Gates was a pioneer in the "Good Roads Movement" and as a highway commissioner made development of the Coast Highway a priority.

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contributor D. D. Thompson # 47000548
Charles Edwin "Pop" Gates, a prominent businessman, statewide political figure, and a two-term Medford mayor. Gates served on the Oregon State Fair Board and on the Oregon Highway Commission. As a businessman, Gates and his brother. William A. Gates, established the C.E. Gates Auto Company, by 1913 becoming the local Ford/Lincoln dealership. He bought his brother's share of the auto company in 1920, which remained in business until 1940. As Medford mayor, Gates led efforts to switch Medford's water supply from the inadequate Fish Lake to Big Butte Springs, which ensured Medford an adequate water for the coming years of growth. Gates was a pioneer in the "Good Roads Movement" and as a highway commissioner made development of the Coast Highway a priority.

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contributor D. D. Thompson # 47000548


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