Biography of Roswell W. Gates


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Gates, Roswell W., was hprn in the town of Orleans, son of Samuel W. and Levina (Zoller) Gates. He remained with his father until twenty-one, when he purchased the old homestead, where he remained until four years ago and then purchased the Orleans House at La Fargeville, which he has since conducted with signal success, until the Orleans House has become the favorite with the traveling public. Mr. Gates is a genial, courteous gentleman to meet either in business relations or otherwise, and his unsparing interest in his patrons has built up for his hotel a patronage rarely excelled by many of the larger towns. March 19, 1868, he married Eliza A. Zeran, a well known teacher in the county, and they had five children: Carrie B., Bercha L., Edith L., J. Samuel and Ella B. Mr. Gates has served his town as collector one term, and from 1889 to 1892 as deputy collector of customs at Thousand Island Park under President Harrison's last administration. He is a member of La Fargeville Lodge No. 171, F. & A. M., and at the present time is junior warden of the lodge.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898