D. C. Gates is a general merchant of Swan, where he has conducted business since 1902. His residence in this
county dates from 1869, although he was first here in 1866. Later he resided in Warren county for two years. His
birth occurred in Rock Island county, Illinois, on the 29th of July, 1858. His grandparents were John and Mary
Ann (Schoonover) Gates, who removed to Iowa in 1859, accompanied by their grandson, D. C. Gates. In the fall of
1866 they came to Marion county. The grandfather was a farmer of Swan township, where he continued to engage actively
in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1898, when he was more than ninety years of age. Both
he and his wife were members of the Christian church, and their lives were in consistent harmony with its teachings.
D. C. Gates has a half brother and a half sister, Mrs. Nellie Jordan and Burr Shook, of Swan. He was reared in
his grandparents' home and attended the common schools. He early became familiar with farm work and followed that
pursuit for a time in early manhood but later began clerking, to which he devoted one year. He later embarked in
general merchandising at Swan and has since devoted his entire attention to that business. He has a well appointed
general store and the stock which he carries and the honorable methods which he has followed have brought him substantial
success in its conduct.
In 1901 Mr. Gates was united in marriage to Miss Evelyn Bramhall, a native of Warren county and a daughter of the
late Harry Bramhall, of Indianola. Mrs. Gates was reared in Warren county and for nine years was an able and successful
teacher in the schools of Warren and Pottawattomie counties. Mr. and Mrs. Gates have reared two adopted children]
Clyde and Clara, twins, now fifteen years of age.
Mr. Gates is a republican, and fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows of Swan, while his wife is identified
with the Rebekah degree. They are well known in Swan and the hospitality of the best homes is freely and cordially
extended them. They have many friends whom they in turn delight to entertain.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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