Friday, September 21, 2012

Gates, Frank H. Abt 1866 to 1933 Edmeston Obituary

Gates, Frank H.    abt.1866- abt 1933  Edmeston Obituary

Frank H. Gates

Frank H. Gates, aged 67, one of the best known citizens of this village died on Thursday, January 25, after an illness of several years duration. Mr. Gates underwent an operation at Faxton Hospital last June and seemed to improve in health for a few months but acute Brights Disease developed and was the immediate cause of death.
Mr. Gates began his business career in 1890 conducting a furniture store in the store now occupied by Burlison's Harware store. He later purchased the Rutherford House and for years has conducted up to date Funeral Parlors and a general undertaking business. His son-in-law, Mr. Wallace Corts recently succeeded him in the business since Mr. Gates' health failed.
He was twice married, his first wife being Lena Colegrove who died in 1915. In 1920 he married Margaret Elliott of Oneonta.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret, a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Corts, and a grandson, Wallace Corts Jr.
A life long Republican in politics Mr. Gates held several local offices serving as Postmaster and chairman of the Republican committee for several years. He was a Past Master of Farmer's Lodge No. 553, a Patron of Edmeston chapter No. 391 and Past Assistant Grand Lecturer of the Otsego-Schoharie District of the
O. E. S.
He took an active interest in civic affairs giving of his time and money for all projects for the betterment of this village, being especially active in securing subscriptions for the building of the Masonic Temple.
He was a member of the Baptist Church and sang in the choir for 30 years. In Mr. Gates' death Edmeston has lost an upright and influential citizen and his memory will linger long in the hearts of his many friends.
His funeral was largely attended on Sunday, January 28 from his late residence. The services were conducted by Rev. Harrison Hadley of New Berlin. The bearers were: Mr. John Doran, Mr. W. A. Gould, Mr. Thomas Walker, Mr. Arthur Vrooman, Mr. Russell Doig, Mr. Earle Brooks.

Addendum: According to the 1930 census, he was born 1866.  Adding 67 to that makes the year of death 1933.  I don't think that is the year if his funeral was on a Sunday, Jan. 28th.  So, the dates are up for correction, but are in the ballpark. 

The Rutherford House mentioned was later the Wallace Corts home.  It is the beautiful large home just up the hill on the right on East Street.  The firehouse is now
across the street from it.

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