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Possessed 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 and sub-divisions.

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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011