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[IHB] "Ralph F. Gates" Indiana State Historical Marker to be dedicated in Columbia City
Start Date: 7/2/2013Start Time: 1:15 PM
End Date: 7/2/2013End Time: 3:15 PM
Entry Description

A public dedication ceremony will be held for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Indiana Governor Ralph Fesler Gates (1945-1949). The marker will be dedicated Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:15 P.M. (EDT) on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn, Columbia City, Indiana, 46725.

The text follows for the state marker entitled "


Ralph F. Gates":


Columbia City attorney and banker, Gates (1893-1978) was elected State Commander of American Legion, 1931. In 1944, he led Republican Party to control of state offices and Indiana General Assembly. As Governor (1945-1949), he created state Department of Veterans’ Affairs to aid Hoosier men and women returning from WWII in obtaining employment, education, and housing. Amid national post-war labor strikes in coal, steel, and railroads, Gates oversaw transition of Indiana economy from war to peace. His administration streamlined Indiana government; created agencies to promote commerce, aviation, and flood control; worked to obtain funds for better roads and highways, higher salaries for teachers, and new state health facilities.

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For more than 95 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. There are approximately 500 of these markers across the state.

For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at or call 317-232-6276.


Location Information:
Whitley County
Contact Information:
Name: Dani Pfaff
Phone: 317-232-2535
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