Biography of William Elmer Gates
North Central Ohio Biographies

William Elmer Gates, popular postmaster of Medina, is a veteran of the World War, and a member of one of the well known families of Medina. He was born at Birmingham, Pa., Nov. 26, 1895, the son of John H. and Catherine Elizabeth (Elder) Gates.

John H. Gates was born at Gatesburg, Pa., in 1864, and was a resident of Medina from 1904 until his death in April, 1916. He was employed for a period of five years by the A. I. Root Company, and served for many years as city marshal, holding that office at the time of his death. He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina. His wife was the daughter of Franklin Elder, a prosperous farmer of Center County, Pa.

When William Elmer Gates was eight years old his family came to Medina, and he received his education in the public schools of this city, being a member of the high school class of 1915. He then spent a year at Akron, Ohio, in the employ of the Goodrich Rubber Company, and also a year with the Kelly Springfield Rubber Company. On June 1, 1917, he enlisted for service in the World War and was assigned to the U. S. S. Minneapolis. He served with the Navy throughout the entire war period and was engaged in transport duty. He was discharged at San Diego, Calif., June 1, 1919. Since 1922 Mr. Gates has been identified with the Medina postoffice, and in March, 1929, was named acting postmaster to succeed the postmaster, who had died in office. He was appointed postmaster in September, 1929.

On Aug. 1, 1929, Mr. Gates was united in marriage with Miss Evelyn Root, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Root. Mrs. Gates' parents both died when she was a small girl. She was educated in the public schools of Medina and attended State Normal School at Emporia, Kan.

Mr. Gates is a member of the Medina Congregational Church and his wife belongs to the Episcopal Church. He is a member of Medina Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 58; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; Wooster Council, No. 13; Morning Star Lodge, No. 36, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; American Legion; and Kiwanis Club. He has always been a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Gates live at 463 Lafayette Street, Medina.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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