JUDGE DANIEL L. CATES.
The life of Daniel L. Cates is a story of one well spent in the upbuilding of his native state and in the advancement
of the interests of his fellow citizens. He was born in Lane county, Oregon, May 7, 1857, a son of John and Sarah
E. (Grice) Cates. The father was born in the blue grass section of Kentucky, coming of a family of early pioneers
of that state. The mother was a native of Maryland and a member of the Grice family, whose names are frequently
met on the pages of Maryland's history.
John Cates first came to Oregon in 1849, the journey being made by ox team across the plains. After a stay of two
years he returned to the east by way of the Isthmus, but in a short time he again drove his team across the plains
to Oregon and settled in Lane county. In 1859, shortly after the creation of Wasco county, he located there and
for the succeeding thirteen years he was engaged in the stock business, at which he was quite a success. It was
in 1872 that Mr. Cates moved his family to The Danes. His wife died in 1860.
Daniel L. Cates was educated in schools of The Dallies and entered the sawmill business early in life, continuing
in that line until 1886, when he became deputy sheriff of Wasco county. In 1890 he received the democratic nomination
for sheriff, and although the county was strongly republican he was elected by a substantial majority, an evidence
of the esteem in which he was held. His term of office is on record as being one of the most efficient the county
has ever had.
In 1894 Mr. Cates purchased a large tract of timber land near Cascade Locks and went into the lumber trade. He
also became interested in salmon business, operating two wheels on the Columbia river, and for a period conducted
a mercantile business at Cascade Locks. During his stay in the latter place he was interested in the Cascade Locks
Water Company, serving as secretary for a time. In 1910 he returned to The Dalles, where he had continuously maintained
his residence, and for a period rested from business activities, but a man like Judge Cates is never permitted
to fully retire, so in 1917 he was prevailed on to emerge from his retirement and accept the office of city recorder
and he is now serving the people in that office with the same efficiency that has marked every movement of his
In October, 1889, Judge Cates was married to Miss Alice DeHuff, of Portland, whose parents were also pioneers of
this state. Three children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Cates, namely: Harold DeHuff and Albert L., of The
Dallies, who are connected with the Motor Service Company, in which they are stockholders; and a daughter, Ruth,
who died in 1914.
Judge Cates is a member of the Knights of Pythias and has filled all the chairs in that order. He is also a member
of the Woodmen of the World; the Elks; and the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar and he will encase his feet
in ice and cross the hot sands of the desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is popular with all classes
of citizens and has ever taken a prominent part in all movements intended to Promote the welfare of the people
among whom he has spent his entire life.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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