George Gates 1910
Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 3/30/2017 at 09:56:39
The Clinton Mirror
W. D. Eaton, Editor
Clinton, Iowa, (Lyons Post Office,) January 7, 1910
Iowan Gets $17,000,000 for Patient
Ottumwa-George Gates, the 70 year old inventor of San Jose, Cal., who has just been given $17,000,000 for his patent rights to a new concrete railroad tie by a syndicate of sixteen leading railroads of this country, is an Iowa man by birth, he served through the Civil War as a member of Company E. of the Third Iowa Calvary. Mr. Gates new tie received a practical demonstration on a California interurban. Barbed wire is used in it to give it elasticity. It is expected to solve the tie problem on the railroads of the country. Part of his fortune Mr. Gates expects to devote the perfecting of a continuous railway rail which he is working on and which he believes will be a bigger thing than his concrete tie.
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