Solano County

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T. Lee Gates, is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Solano county, his father having come here in 1854, when settlements were few and the fertile soil was for the most part untouched by the plowshare. He was born in the vicinity of his present home, near Vacaville, on the 2d of December, 1861, and is a son of Theodore Gates, a native of Kentucky. The mother, whose maiden name was Farmer, was born in Tennessee. Theodore Gates crossed the plains in 1852, by ox team and covered wagon, and first went to Eldorado county, where he engaged in mining. In 1854 he came to the vicinity of Vacaville and bought a tract of land, devoting himself to stock raising and grain farming, to which he later added fruit raising. He was a successful farmer and gained a prominent place in the esteem of the community, in the development of which he was an influential factor. To him and his wife were born two children, the subject of this sketch and a sister, Mrs. Perry.

T. Lee Gates was reared on the home farm and secured his education in the neighborhood district school. He has devoted his entire life to ranching and has been successful in a very gratifying degree, having long been numbered among the enterprising farmers of the northern part of the county. At the early age of thirteen years he began active farm work, aiding in the clearing of the land, during which process many fine oak trees were cut down. A part of the tract was first planted to vineyard, but the vines were later taken up and fruit trees put in their place. No irrigation is required on the rich and productive soil of the ranch, which Mr. Gates is maintaining at a high standard. He now has one hundred and ten acres in fruit and one hundred and ninety acres in pasture land.

Mr. Gates is a member of the Vacaville blue lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, belonging also to the chapter and commandery, as well as to Ben Ali Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Sacramento. He likewise belongs to the Woodmen of the World. He has long been deeply interested in all enterprises for the advancement of the community, and he is serving as president of the Vacaville Water & Power Company and as a director in several other water companies. Mr. Gates was married to a Miss Pease, a native of Canada, and they are the parents of a son, James W., who is married and has three children.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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