Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday's Obituary ~ Edmund Uriah GATES

Edmund Uriah GATES is my paternal great great grandfather.

The Flagler News, Thursday, January 2, 1917, Volume IV;
Official Democratic Newspaper of Kit Carson County.

Edmund U. Gates Answers Final “Taps”

Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of a veteran of the civil war. Edmund U. Gates passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. White, in this city, at about 4 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, January 7th, 1917, after an illness of short duration.

Mr. Gates, who was aged 84 years and 6 months, had been in good health up to about a year ago, when he began to fail, since which time he was able to be up and about most of the time. A couple of weeks ago he suffered a relapse and was confined to his bed a few days, but had been up and around the house until a few days before his death.

Edmund U. Gates was born in Thomas County, Ohio, July 8th, 1832, where he grew to manhood, moving to Iowa in 1850. He was married October 2nd, 1856, and on November 2, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, 13th Regiment Iowa Infantry, where he served his country until the end of the war, being
discharged on July 21 st, 1865.

In 1873 he moved with his family to Brown county, Kans., where he resided for nine years, after which he moved to Marshall county, where he lived until 1896, when he came to Colorado. For a number of years he made his home with his son, George, on the ranch east of town. He also took a
homestead east of town, on which he made final proof.

Grandpa Gates, as he was known to Flagler people, was liked by all who knew him; he was of a cheerful disposition and always had a pleasant word for those with whom he came in contact. For several years he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. White.

The deceased leaves to mourn his death, three sons and two daughters, A.Z. Gates of Beattie, Kans.; H. J. Gates, of Worden, Mont.; George O. Gates, of Burlington, Colo.; Mrs. J. A. White ofFlagler; and Mrs. Kate Myers, of Pawnee City, Nebr., besides several grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Congregational church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, by Rev. A. A. Marquardt, after which the body was taken to Beattie, Kans., for interment. Geo. O. Gates and son, John, accompanied the remains to their last resting place.

W. H. Lavington, H. W. Brown, E. T. Epperson, H. C. Jones, George Huntley, and George Epperson, old friends of the deceased, acted as pallbearers.

The many friends in Flagler and community will join with the News in extending sympathy to thebereaved relatives in the loss they have sustained.

Edmund Uriah GATES born 8 July 1832-7 died January 1917
(1) Married October 1, 1856 Harriet SPONSLER 1836-1884; their children:
Alexander Z. GATES 1857-1928, Sarah Frances (GATES) WHITE 1859-1938;
Hanford J. GATES 1862-1925; and George Oliver GATES 1871-1944.

Edmund's grandson, George Oliver's son John GATES 1894-1974.

(2) Married: August 1886 Nancy (RICHARDSON) HARE 1842-1933;
their daughter Katherine 'Kate' Maud (GATES) MEYERS 1888-1970.

1.  Photograph courtesy of a GATES cousin, emailed received 2009.
2.  Obituary - internet search April 2010;
     >  [COKITCAR] The Flagler News 1917, Edmund Gates Obituary

I've tried to contact the person who posted this, but to no avail. That is why I haven't included her name. The post was dated March 2003.