Herbert G. Gates

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HERBERT G. GATES, secretary and treasurer of the Armstrong Trust Company of Kittanning, was born in that borough in 1881, son of the late William and Mary (Bassett) Gates, and grandson of William Gates. The grandfather was for many years owner and manager of the Kittanning Iron Works.

William Gates, son of William, and father of Herbert G. Gates, was born March 2, 1842, in Pittsburgh, and when six years old was brought to Kittanning by his parents. He attended public school here and Elder's Ridge Academy, and when sixteen years old went to New York City to study pharmacy. Returning to Kittanning within several years, he went into a confectionery business with his brother, James Gates. Later these two branched out into the grocery business, their partnership continuing until the elder brother enlisted for service in the Civil war. William Gates then bought a store of South Jefferson street, and conducted it for some years, until he sold it in order to devote all his attention to his extensive granary. During the last few months of his life he was confined to the house with a lingering illness. In August, 1864, Mr. Gates married Virginia Bassett, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Bassett, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Gates had the following family: William; Mrs. J. H. Sutherland, of Chambersburg; Sara B., Mrs. Watt; Edna, and Herbert G. Mr. Gates was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church, serving the old Second Presbyterian Church as elder, and working in the Sunday school as superintendent.

Herbert G. Gates was educated in the public and high schools of Kittanning, the Kittanning Academy, and the Eastman business college, at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., from which he was graduated in 1901. Immediately afterward he entered the First National Bank of East Brady, Pa., as bookkeeper, but within three months was offered and accepted the position of bookkeeper of the Armstrong Trust Company of Kittanning. Within eighteen months he was made secretary and treasurer, and still holds these offices. In addition to his connection with the Armstrong Trust Company, Mr. Gates is administrator of the William Gates estate, secretary and treasurer of the Fort Pitt Powder Company, and a director of the Acme Natural Gas Company of Leechburg, Pa. Fraternally he belongs to the Elks, while his religious connections are with the Presbyterian Church of Kittanning. Like his father he takes an active part in church affairs, now serving as secretary of the congregation and church trustee.

In 1902, Jr. Gates married Winifred Rohrer, daughter of Frederick Rohrer, a prominent newspaper man. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Gates: Georgia, Dorothy, Herbert G., Jr., Mary Virginia, Willis Patton and Frederick Rohrer.

Source: Pages 621-622, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Lynn Beatty for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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