Gates, Frederick S.
Age: 25, credited to Lunenburg, VT
Unit(s): 126th IL INF
Service: 2LT, Co. E, 126th IL INF
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Birth: 1837, Lunenburg, VT
Burial: Port Byron Cemetery, Port Byron, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 107184796
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/25/1891, IL; widow Annetta T., 11/24/1916, IL
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Port Byron Cemetery, Port Byron, IL
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F. S. GATES; OLD RESIDENT CALLED
NATIVE OF VERMONT AND EARNED A COMMISSION FOR HIS BRAVERY DURING THE CIVIL WAR
Frederick S. Gates, one of the pioneers of Port Byron, and a leading business man there for years, died at his home in that village this morning at 7:30.
For 64 years he had lived in Port Byron, and during most of that time had been engaged in the lumber business. He was also, at the time of his death, vice president of the Port Byron State Bank.
Mr. Gated was born in Essex County, Vermont, Jan. 15, 1837. The father, George W. Gates, accompanied by his family came West and located at Port Byron in 1850, and there built a mill, and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. In 1865 the elder Mr. Gates moved to Independence, MO, where he was elected County Judge, and later served in the State Legislature.
EARNED COMMISSION IN ARMY:
Frederick S. Gates studied at Mount Morris Seminary, and in July, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, ? Illinois Infantry, which was assigned to Grant's Army. He enlisted as a private, but by gallant work at the siege of Vicksburg, and in other important engagements he was given a commission. The condition of his health necessitated him leaving the Army in the summer of 1863, and he was granted release
After the war Mr. Gates engaged in merchandising business at Port Byron, but after eight years sold out, and moved to Little Rock, Ark., where he was in the hardware business for a brief period, when he then returned to Port Byron, and entered actively in the lumber business. In this he engaged almost continuously to the time of his death. He held big interest in the timber belt, and in 1888, in Columbus County, Ark. he established a steam saw mill, for the manufacture of lumber. This he conducted for six years. He was president of the Port Byron lumber company.
Mr. Gates was married at Port Byron in November, 1861 to Emma L. Moore, daughter to George Moore, another pioneer of Port Byron. Mrs Gates died in Davenport hospital in 1897. Two daughters and a son were born to this union, but all are dead.
Source: Rock Island Argus, June 18, 1914
Courtesy of Deanna French