Note: This post has been amended with additional information provided by readers.
Cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse as "Mr. Cate, our Minister". The photograph was taken by the Anderson Studio of 60 Merrimack Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts.
From comparing photographs, I believe this is Isaac Wallace Cate, a minister at various New England parishes and a missionary to Japan, who, along with his wife Ella Gertrude (Stimson) Cate, became a noted authority on Japanese culture.
Here is a printed photograph I found of him, when he was perhaps ten years older than in the photograph above.
From online research, hopefully correct: [and hopefully a reader will provide corrections, if necessary - as one reader has already done]
Isaac Wallace Cate, who went professionally by the name I. Wallace Cate, was born 30 July 1862 at Calais, Vermont, the son of Lemuel McKnight Cate and Jerusha (Pitkin) Cate.
I. Wallace married Ella Gertrude Stimson in 1892. She was born in Boston in September of 1865, the daughter of Royal D. and Annie (possibly Mareen or Richardson) Stimson.
Note from a descendant: Ella Gertrude (Stimson) Cate was a woman of accomplishment herself, having acquired a Master's Degree during the 1880s; she was able to converse in a variety of languages and held salons in Japan, attended by the intellectual, industrial and political elite.
- Esther Safford Cate, born in July of 1892 in Japan; a teacher in Vermont and Connecticut; died 1982 in Meriden, Connecticut. She was a social activist; was convicted of sedition for advocating for the Japanese internees during World War II.
- Weston Attwood Cate, born 27 February 1894 in Japan; Universalist pastor in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont; married Arlene May Jeffords; their son Weston Attwood Cate, Jr., was a prominent Vermont educator; Weston Sr. died in 1962 in Vermont.
- Paul Stimson Cate, born 9 March 1900 at Machias, Maine, where his father was a pastor for a time, between his trips to Japan. Paul married Masuko Hirai in Japan where they lived; they divorced when relations soured between the United States and Japan, and Paul returned to the United States in 1939. In 1940, he married his stenographer, Dorothy Edna Olmstead. They both worked for the U.S. government, Paul on a team that decoded Japanese messages. Paul died from illness in 1942; his widow went on to work for Generals Eisenhower and Bradley.
- Philip Harding Cate, born 25 August 1902, in Japan; worked in the Oriental Shop in Nashua, New Hampshire with his mother and was involved in the exhibition of Japanese art; he married twice, possibly three times; he died in Hawaii in 1997. During World War II, he worked for Naval Intelligence, though a relative relates that it pained him to do so as he had grown up in Japan and had many childhood friends there.
- Ione Chidzuko Cate, born 18 November 1906 in Tokyo, Japan; was a teacher in Turkey; m. Clarence Nelson; died in 1995 in California or Colorado.