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LUTHER GATES, farmer, P.O. Beaver Centre, was born April 5, 1834, in Chautauqua County, N.Y., a son of Calvin and Caroline Gates, natives of New York State, who came to this county in 1836, settling in Beaver Centre, where they took up 200 acres of land. They were the parents of nine children— two died in infancy, five now living— viz.: Luther; Roderick M. (was a soldier in the Twenty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the late war and died in hospital at Alexandria in 1863), Albert (was a member of the Sixteenth Wisconsin Regiment during same period and died in hospital at Pittsburg Landing), Ann C., wife of Asa N. Belknap; Emeline, wife of G.C. Cooper; Ora; and George H. The parents were members of the Christian Church. The father, who had held the office of Justice of the Peace and all township offices, died August, 1882. His widow is now residing with her son, Luther, in the seventy-fifth year of her age. Our subject received a good common school education, and taught school one term. He served three years in Second Pennsylvania Cavalry, 1861-1864; was married in 1854 to Mary West, a native of Erie County, Penn. The results of this union are three children: Ida, Florence, wife of Frank A. Boyce, and Ernest A. Mr. and Mrs. Gates are members of the Christian Church. Our subject owns 100 acres of land; is a member of the G.A.R. at Springboro; held several township offices; in politics he is a Republican. His paternal grandfather was a soldier in both the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812.