Charles Ray Gates

5 February 1884–1 August 1962 (Age 78)
Buchanan, Iowa, United States

The Life of Charles Ray

When Charles Ray Gates was born on 5 February 1884, in Buchanan, Iowa, United States, his father, Darius Gates, was 29 and his mother, Alma Combs, was 24. He had at least 1 daughter with Julia Irene Metcalf. He lived in Homer Township, Buchanan, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 1 August 1962, in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Sumner Township, Buchanan, Iowa, United States.

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Charles Ray Gates
Julia Irene Metcalf
Donna Mae Gates

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1886 · Giving Working Men a Union

Age 2

The largest union group in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. It still exists today but merged with The Congress of Industrial Organization.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 22

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ ( see Yates ). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.2 Americanized spelling of German Götz ( see Goetz ).3 Translated form of French Barrière ( see Barriere ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Charles Gates in household of Alma Gates, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Charles R Gates in household of Darius Gates, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Chas R Gates in household of Alma Gates, "United States Census, 1930"

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