Kent County Biographies
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Railway Officials in America 1906
Aaron B. Gates, wholesale dealer in fruits and produce, Rockford, was born in Venango Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1853.
He was brought up on a farm, and educated at Waterford Academy, Pa., and Jamestown Collegiate Institute in New
York, where he taught school for some time, and then went to Morrisville, N, Y., and clerked in a drug store nine
months. Thence he went to South Haven, Mich., and to Grand Rapids in 1873, where he clerked a few months for S.
D. Jackson. The same year he went to Jackson, Mich,, and clerked in N. G. Davis' wholesale and retail grocery store
a few months. He then returned to South Haven and purchased a farm. He there also dealt in produce in summer and
taught during the winter. In the spring of 1879 he went to Grand Rapids, and in August of the same year came to
Rockford, and began work on a mill and was crippled. He established his present business in 1880. He also keeps
a full line of groceries and provisions and does a large business. He was married in 1873 to Miss Irene Hurlburt
daughter of Hon W H. Hurlburt, of South Haven, by whom be has three children: Manly C., Ernie O. and Olo V.
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