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of remarkable concentrative ability and unswerving- ambition, Mr. Cate
has met with unqualified success in his chosen profession and as a
member of the prominent engineering company of Phinney, Cate &
Marshall, Forum Building, Sacramento, contributes largely toward the
favorable outcome of the projects undertaken by that firm.
Cate was born November 17, 1880, in Quincy, Cal., where he received a
public school education, early evidencing a decided inclination for the
vocation which he entered later. His father, Daniel Rogers Cate, Sr., a
native of New Hampshire, emigrated to California in 1850 and for a time
mined with fair success in Plumas and Sierra counties, later acquiring
in Plumas county, several hundred acres upon which he engaged in general
farming and raised vegetables, disposing of his garden products at a
good profit in the mining camps. He married Miss Hannah Loring, a native
of Maine, and to their union were born five children, all of whom reside
in California. Since the death of her husband in November, 1900, Mrs.
Gate has continued to make her home in Quincy.
Cate studied civil engineering in the field actively engaged with a
corps, and later secured a situation in the surveying department of the
Southern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1907 he became associated with
Cassius Phinney, who at that time served as county surveyor of
Sacramento county. Later with U. S. Mar shall he established their
present offices, their work chiefly embracing plans and specifications
for reclamation and irrigation projects, municipal improvements, water
works, sewerage and street systems, hydro-electric work, land surveying
December 23, 1903, Mr. Gate was united in marriage with Miss Cora A. Wasson, whose birth occurred in Forest Hill, Placer county and whose father, C. H. Wasson, is a pioneer and well known mining man of Placer county. Mr. and Mrs. Gate have three children: Ronald Marshall, Claire Mary and Daniel, Jr,, and in their plans and hopes for their little ones the parents find happiness far exceeding their highest dreams. In the line of his profession Mr. Gate is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fraternally he is a member of Quincy Parlor No. 131, N. S. G. W., and in his enthusiastic and practical aid toward all civic movements, he facilitates as well as encourages the labor of his fellow citizens who recognize in him a man of exemplary and conscientious principles.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011