Biography of Horatio D. Gates
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

HORATIO S. GATES, of the firm of Lindsey & Gates, dealers in dry goods, groceries, etc., at Marseilles, was born March 3, 1852, in Allen County, Ohio, son of Dr. Charles W. and Jane S. (Ramsdell) Gates, natives of York State, and of English ancestry. His father was born in 1815, and his mother in 1820. His father came with his parents to Medina County, Ohio, in 1833, and his mother to the same county in 1837. They were married, December 22, 1841; moved to Allen County in 1849, settling at Maysville, where his father practiced medicine sixteen years. He came to Marseilles in February, 1865, and located as a physician, buying a drug store, house and lot, and 160 acres of land. He became an old and honored citizen, and died September 22, 1880. His wife is still living, and is quite vigorous f or one of her years. They were the parents of four children, two surviving, Horatio S. and Electa. Harriet S. and an infant are deceased. Horatio S. Gates was educated in the district schools, and in early youth entered his father's drug store, commencing business for himself at the age of twenty one with G. W. Davis, under the firm name of Davis & Gates, drugs and groceries, doing a very successful business till 1876, when they disposed of this establishment and purchased another in Galion, Ohio, remaining two years; returning to Marseilles in 1878. Mr. Gates then engaged as assistant to his former partner two years, both forming a partnership in 1880, under the firm name of Davis & Gates, doing a thriving business until 1882, when they sold out and opened business in Marion in the grocery and provision trade, doing an excellent business. In the spring of 1883, Mr. Gates purchased a half interest in the present establishment of Lindsey & Gates, where he is now engaged with a stock of $12,000, doing a thriving business. He married, February 22, 1880, Miss Dilly Seligman, daughter of William Seligman. Two children blessed this union; Flor, born January 9, 1881; and Grace, October 7, 1882. Mr. Gates is a membey of the Masonic fraternity, Blue Lodge at Marseilles; Master of Second Veil, McCutcheon Chapter, No. 96, at Upper Sandnsky; and Commandry K. T. at Marion. He is an active, enterprising and successful young business man, and well respected as a citizen.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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