Philip J. Gates, one of
's oldest and best known business men, died quite suddenly at 1 o'clock Saturday
morning at his home on
West Main street
. He had been at his store the evening before and while for a day or two
he had not been feeling well his illness was not thought to be at all serious.
He retired at 10:30 and at 1 o'clock his wife awakened, went to his bedside and
found his life was over. A physician was summoned but nothing could be
done. Apoplexy superinduced by acute indigestion was stated to have been
the cause of his death. Mr. Gates was born in Germany 69 years ago and was
brought to this country when three years of age landing at New Orleans.
The family later removed to
and he finally came to
county. He learned the tailoring business with his father and for 45
years conducted a store in this city. For many years his place of business
was in the room recently acquired by the Troy National bank. Since then he
has been located on
East Main street
. Forty-three years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret
Ziegenfelder, who, with four children, survives him. The children are
Gertrude, George and Edward of Troy and Clifford of Pittsburg. A sister,
Miss Callie Gates, lives in
and a brother, George, in
Mr. Gates was of a kindly disposition and pleasing personality and was
highly respected for his integrity and high business ideals. He had
accumulated considerable property in
and elsewhere. He was a member of
lodge F. & A. M. and of Coleman Commandery, Knights Templar, and of the
Royal Arcanum. He was connected with the Lutheran church. The
funeral services were held from his late residence Tuesday afternoon and were
under the auspices of the Knight Templar. Rev. C. E. Paulus spoke briefly.
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