Adam Gates, after many years of strenuous toil, is now living a retired life in his beautiful home at Cascade, Sheboygan county. He was born July 2, 1842, and is a son of Christopher and Margaret (Huth) Gates, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father was born on the ad of March, 1808, and in 1832, at twenty-four years of age, emigrated to the United States, settling in the state of Ohio. He was by occupation a farmer and continued a resident of Ohio until 1848, at which time he removed to Sheboygan county, where he settled in the township of Mitchell upon a farm of two hundred acres of good Wisconsin agricultural land.
He established his home upon that farm, which he at once improved and continued to develop during the remaining years of his life. Mr. Gates chose as his life partner Miss Margaret Huth, who was a native of Germany, her birth having there occurred October 11, 1812. She emigrated with her parents to America at the time her future husband, Christopher Gates, made his settlement in Ohio.
To the family of Mr. and Mrs. Gates fourteen children were born, ten of whom grew to maturity and five of whom, two sons and three daughters, are still living. Both of the parents of this family have been dead for many years, the death of Mrs. Gates having occurred January 5, 1893, and that of Mr. Gates in 1896.
Adam Gates is a native of the Buckeye state. He was reared in his parents' home and with them removed to Wisconsin when he was a boy of six years. After laying aside the text-books of his common-school course he remained under the parental roof, assisting his father in the farm work. In 1867 a part of the homestead of one hundred and twenty acres of valuable Wisconsin agricultural land was by his father deeded to him, subject to a special provision, which he assumed and agreed to discharge according to the provision thereof. That claim of title remained in force until 1871 and in that year his father removed to Minnesota, where he established his residence with his son.
Immediately following the change in the residence of his father Mr. Gates purchased the old homestead, thereby coming into possession of the fee as sole and individual owner of the property. He remained upon this farm and operated a very successful diversified farming business until 1874, at which time he sold the place and removed to Waldo, this county, where he continued to reside for the twenty years following and was engaged in various business enterprises during that time. In 1894 he removed to Cascade, where he built the beautiful residence in which he established his home and where he now resides.
Mr. Gates was united in marriage, September 17, 1868, to Miss Katie Alcox, who was born in Ohio, April 17, 1849. She is a daughter of Mathew Alcox, who was a native of Ireland and emigrated to this country in 1847, settling first in Ohio and later, in 1856, removing to a farm in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin.
For forty years Mr. Gates has been a loyal and enthusiastic member of the republican party. Recently, however, he has become very liberal in his political views but is still known in this county to be affiliated with the republican party. He is a member of the Catholic church of Cascade. Mr. Gates is known throughout the entire county of Sheboygan as a man of integrity and one of the successful farmers of this section of the state. He is now living a retired life in Cascade and is universally recognized as one of the influential residents of that place.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL