Biography of Arba Gates
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Gates, Arba, Russell, was born in Lewis county, July 24, 1830. His father, Arba, sr., was a native of Windsor, Vt,, and came to Champion, Jefferson county, with his parents, who later went to Lewis county, where they died. Arba, sr., was married in Lewis county to Susan Clintsman, by whom he had eleven children. He moved to Fowler in 1838, and about twenty yenrs later went west. He died in Wisconsin in 1888, and his wife in 1890. Arba Gates, jr., came with his parents to Fowler, and has since been a resident of this county. He has always followed agriculture, and owns seventy acres in one place and sixty in another, He came to Russell in 1868 and bought the Palmerville saw mill, which he still owns. In 1885 he added a grist mill, and does a successful business. He also has one burr and two metal mills, He manufactures from 500,000 to 600,000 feet of lumber yearly, and from 500,000 to 700,000 shingles yearly. Mr. Gates is a Democrat, and has served as commissioner of highways two terms. He has been twice married, first to Minerva Stone, of Fowler, by whom he had four children: Emma Ett, Abrm F., Dora and one who died in infancy. His second wife was Sarah A. Brown, born in Wilna, Jefferson county, but a resident of Russell, and they have had eight children: John F., Thomas H., Susan, George, Mona, Charles, Harry, and Carl, who died aged two years. Mr. Gates is a Universalist in religious belief, and his family attend the M. E. Church. He is a Mason of Russell Lodge No. 566, and was a member of the State militia.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894


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