Gates family papers, 1888-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gates family
Title
Gates family papers
Dates
1888-1996 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 linear feet.
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0050gates (collection)
Summary
The Gates family papers comprise articles and clippings, personal papers and photographs of a prominant Bellingham family. Collection materials were generated by businessman Cyrus and Mabel Huntoon Gates, and their children: Frances Ellen, Cyrus Kingsley, and Katherine Elizabeth.
Repository
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
98225
Telephone: 360-650-7534
cpnws@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

A prominent Bellingham businessman and civic figure, Cyrus Gates moved from Vermont to Fairhaven, Washington in 1890 to work as private secretary for C.X. Larrabee. Gates became actively involved in various Larrabee business enterprises, holding part-ownership in the Roslyn-Cascade Coal Company, and serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pacific Realty Company until his death on January 13, 1927. Gates donated large amounts of time, money and land to civic and commercial development of the Fairhaven District and Chuckanut Drive. He was especially interested in the development of the city park system. Gates was survived by his wife Mabel Huntoon Gates and their three children: Frances Ellen, Cyrus Kingsley and Katherine Elizabeth. In 2004, the City of Bellingham purchased Woodstock Farm, the Gates’ family home along Chuckanut Bay, as a city park.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Gates family papers comprise personal papers, photographs, and albums and scrapbooks spanning the period 1888-1996. Personal papers include articles and clippings, and papers generated by individual members of the Gates family. Cyrus Gates' papers include correspondence from Charles X. Larrabee encouraging his 1890 move from Vermont to Fairhaven, Washington. The collection also contains a small amount of material generated by Cyrus Gates’ wife, Mabel Huntoon Gates and their children: Frances Ellen, Cyrus “Cy” Kingsley, and Katherine “Betty” Elizabeth Gates. The bulk of the collection comprises photographs of the Gates family and friends, including images taken by Mabel Gates' brother, photographer Bert W. Huntoon, and images of Woodstock Farm, the Gates’ family home on Inspiration Point along Chuckanut Bay. There are also photograph albums and scrapbooks related to Mabel Huntoon Gates and her sister, Grace Huntoon Sheerer, as well as Cyrus Gates, which include photographs, personal papers, and news clippings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Gates family papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:  Personal Papers , 1890-1996 Return to Top

Personal papers include correspondence from C.X. Larrabee to Cyrus Gates, encouraging his move from Vermont to Fairhaven, Washington in 1890. Cyrus Kingsley Gates' papers also include correspondence with Robert B. Thomas (author of Chuckanut Chronicles), Mary Bourque (daughter of C.X. Larrabee) and Consuelo Larrabee regarding local and family history.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Articles and Clippings re: Gates family
1923, ; 1929,; 1937, ; undated
Cyrus Gates
Box/Folder
1/2
C.X Larrabee correspondence
1890
1/3
Resolutions upon his death
1927
1/4
Obituaries
1927
Cyrus Kingsley Gates
Box/Folder
1/5
Correspondence (Incoming)
1920-1990
1/6
Correspondence (Outgoing)
1990-1991, ; undated
1/7
Diary
1918
1/8
Diary (trip to Alaska)
1920
1/9
Fairhaven High School Yearbook Aurora
1919
1/10
Fairhaven High School Memorabilia
undated
1/11
First National Bank Checkbook
undated
1/12
Fraternity membership card
undated
1/13
Letter announcing Cy’s death
1996
1/14
Oregon State Agricultural College degree certificate
1928
1/15
St. John’s military academy - commencement program
1923
1/16
St John’s military academy - rowing crew badge
undated
Frances Ellen Gates (McCord)
Box/Folder
1/17
Baby Book
1900-1901
1/18
Bellingham Public School – First Grade Report
1907
1/19
Correspondence (Incoming) re: Chuckanut Bay Property
1977
1/20
Marriage Service and certificate
1923
1/21
Neale Bennett McCord (husband)- High School Yearbooks El Archivero
1916, ; 1919
Mabel Huntoon Gates
Box/Folder
1/22
Correspondence (Incoming)
1900, ; 1927
1/23
Eldridge Family card and wedding invitation
1920
1/24
Washington State Teaching Certificate
1897

Series II:  Photographs , 1890-1991 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/25
Cyrus Gates
1899, ; undated
1/26
Cyrus Kingsley Gates
circa 1909-1929
1/27
Cyrus Kingsley Gates
circa 1929-1991
Oversize Folder
1
Cyrus Kingsley Gates
circa 1910s
1
Frances Ellen Gates
circa 1920s
Box/Folder
1/28
Frances Ellen Gates
circa 1901- 1920s
1/29
Katherine Elizabeth Gates
undated, ; 1936
Oversize Folder
1
Katherine Elizabeth Gates
circa 1936
1
Mabel Huntoon Gates
circa 1890
Box/Folder
1/30
Mabel Huntoon Gates
1898-1899 ; undated
1/31
Gates Family Photographs
1900-1929, ; undated
1/32
Gates family friends
circa 1920s
1/33
Unidentified people and places
undated
1/34
Chuckanut Bay area
undated
1/35
North Cascade and Mt. Baker region (Huntoon photos)
1923, ; 1925
1/36
Woodstock Farm
1915-1917, ; 1923, ; 1935

Series III:  Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks, 1888-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Grace Huntoon / Mabel Huntoon Gates binder with photographs and miscellaneous documents
Assembled by Barbara Sheerer Morris and Tim Wahl.
circa 1888-1920s
2/2
Grace Huntoon Sheerer scrapbook with photographs and news clippings
Includes items of interest to a young female student (the compiler) of the State Normal School in Bellingham and University of Washington. Photos of women's bicycling, sailing and picnic outings to Marietta and Chuckanut, etc. Social column clippings from newspapers.
circa 1890s-1907
2/3
"Around the Old Home Town" photograph album made for Betty Gates by Bert Huntoon
Album contents include references to Woodstock as "Our Home..." reflecting the Huntoon's role as elders to their niece, Betty Gates Brooks Clark, after the death of her father.
1923
2/4
Cyrus L. Gates binder with family photographs and miscellaneous documents
Assembled by Barbara Sheerer Morris and Tim Wahl.
circa 1890-1994

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Brooks, Katherine Elizabeth Gates. (creator)
  • Gates, Cyrus --1858-1927. (creator)
  • Gates, Cyrus Kingsley -- 1905-1995. (creator)
  • Gates, Mabel Huntoon. (creator)
  • McCord, Frances Ellen Gates -- 1900- (creator)
  • Family Names :
  • Gates family --Archives (creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fairhaven (Bellingham, Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Woodstock Farm (Bellingham, Wash.) -- History -- Sources -- Photographs.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Huntoon, Bert W. -- 1869-1947. (creator)