In 1808, residents petitioned the state legislature to allow them to estaglish the town of Gates after General Horatio Gates on the West back of the Genesee River. On April 4th, 1809 they met at the home of Jeremiah Olmstead to elect town officers. But it wasn't until June 10, 1812, the state legislature passed a bill to create the town of Gates, effective April 1, 1813.

  Home Life
Vogel Aloysius Vogel, born in 1860, is representative of some of the early settlers of the town of Gates.
Lyell Road Family This proud Gates family from a farm on Lyell Road suspends chores for a photograph in 1916.
Schott Farm The Charles Schott farm, on Buffalo Road, was sold to the state in the earlt 1900s to make way for the Barge Canal. In this photograph, from left to right, Harold (b.1899), Henrietta (b. 1896), and Marion (b. 1894).
Goat cart John Scott appears in a early "goat cart," a fun way to get around the farm.
Woodworth Farm Spencer Woodworth and his wife, Amanda, traveled from Connecticut to settle in Gates around 1840. By 1860, they had four childern: John, Mary, Clark, and William. This photograph was taken in the mid-1860s on the front lawn of their home on Hinchey Road, east of the Hinchey Homestead. William is on the left with the family dog, Clark married Julie Booth of Chili in 1849.
Andrew Andrew Harrington catches some rays in a popular baby buggy anound 1918. Andrew is the son of Charles and Mary, who served as Gates town clerk.
Clotilda The well pump is taller than two-year-old Clotilda Hoepfl as she draws water on the family homestead in Gates around 1930. Clotilda was the daughter of Amo and Julietta Eisenhauer Hoepfl and the granddaughter of Joseph and Julia Eisenhauer. The Eisenhauer's 59-acre farm was on Lyell Road.
Caudle Wallace and Nellie Caudle are pictured with their children Ada and Hazel, with Pearl in the perambulator, in 1909 at their homestead, located on the south side of Buffalo Road near the present-day Gates Community Center.
CaudleBull Hazel (left), Pearl (center), and Ada Caudle, dressed in their Sunday best, pose with a Bull at their Bufalo Road Homestead.
Wallace Caudle Wallace Caudle is pictured in the backyard of his Buffalo Road homestead in the early 1900s. He delivered milk to customers from a horsedrawn wagon.
Schott2 After the original homestead was razed for the construction of the Barge Canal in the early 1900s, the Schott family relocated to this house off Buffalo Road, near present-day Crestwood Boulevard.
Seriuos Picnic Judging by the expressions of these gentlemen, this particular picnic is serious business. Charles Schott (front, left), a wholesale butcher, joins a group of men for a meal outdoor. Note the formal attire and elegant place settings, complete with tablecloth.
Vogel Laundry A typical laundry day on the Vogel farm involves hanging the bedding and clothing on the line to dry.
Ice Cream Among those making ice cream (presumably on a sunday afternoon, by their attire) on the lawn of the Vogel farm are Herbert, Leonard, Isabelle, Lucy, and Priscilla Vogel.
Trolley Stop In the 1920s, the Rochester trolley rolled into Gates in the vicinity of present-day Trolley Boulevard and Long Pond Road, stopping for passengers at numbered locations. The stop designated as No. 4, Coldwater, was the home of Eustachio and Emma Rialdi and their children (Mary, Carmella, twins Angelo and Louis, and Matthew), who lived at the fork of Cole and Electric Avenues (now Downsview Drive). One day, when their parents went into Rochester for groceries, the twin brothers ventured into the fields to pick blueberries. After a few minutes, Angelo strated screaming, and the kids were horrified to see a snake coiled around his legs. The family pet, a German shepherd named Gemma, broke her leash, dashed to the scene, and quickly bit off the snake's head. Although Angelo had been rescued, Gemma died the next morning, apparently from the snake's venom. This is a typical story of life in Gates decades ago.
Pixley Cows A local farmer coaxes his cows down the middle of Pixley Road, just a dirt path in 1930.
Kid's Ride Most farms had at least one horse and plenty of room for the kids to ride. Here, Franklin Hinchey Helps his children Barbara (left), William (center), and Ron saddle up in the late 1930s.
Ice Rink When the Rochester Gas and Electric properity, near the corner of Hinchey Road and Jasmine Drive, flooded and frooze in the winter, neighbors has a ready-made skating rink. This viw looks north toward Hinchey Road.




A History of Gates in Photographs

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