Obit: Gates, Jane (1828 - 1916)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 06/15/1916

Gates, Jane (4 DEC 1828 - 8 JUN 1916)

Mrs. Jane Gates, one of the oldest residents of Neillsville, Clark County, died at her home June 8, 1916, aged 87 years 6 months and 4 days. Her maiden name was Jane Hewett, and she was born in Essex Co., NY. Dec. 4, 1828. She grew to womanhood there and was married to Daniel Gates April 23, 1848. They came west in 1855, living about a year at Fairfield, Iowa. In 1856 they came to Clark County and kept hotel at the mouth of Wedges Creek, and in 1861 moved upon the farm at the city limits of Neillsville, which was her home until her death. Mr. Gates died Jun 28, 1885.

Mrs. Gates was endowed with those qualities which fitted her for pioneer life; she was energetic in all the duties of the home and household. As long as she had health and strength her family had every comfort her hands and active mind could give, and yet she found time to cultivate her intellect and take part in neighborhood affairs. During the latter years of her life she was practically confined to her room, much of the time being unable to leave her bed, but she bore her affliction patiently, and with her hands continued to work and be of service to those about her. She leaves three children, Mrs. R.J. MacBride, Charles Gates and Edwin H. Gates, all of this city; one son, James L. Gates of Milwaukee and a daughter Nellie are deceased. She leaves also 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at the house on Saturday, Rev. S.B. Pinney officiating. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the neighbors and friends who gave help and sympathy during the long sickness, death and burial of their mother.



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