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BATES, William 1847-1927


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 2/5/2013 at 22:15:24

[Waterloo Evening Courier, Monday, January 31, 1927]

William Bates, 79, grain and commission merchant in Waterloo for more than 50 years, and a veteran of the Civil War, died at 9:20 p.m. yesterday at the home, 519 Fourth Street East, after an extended illness of Bright's disease. He had been bedfast for the last two weeks.

Mr. Bates was born Aug. 5, 1847, at Davies, Ill. When a small child he moved with his parents to Hazel Green, Wis., where he spent his boyhood. When only 16 years of age, he enlisted in the army for service during the Civil War. He enlisted in Co. I., Sixteenth Wisconsin infantry, which became a part of the Seventeenth army corps. He served in that company two years till the end of the war.

Discharged in Illinois, Mr. Bates returned to his home at Hazel Green and on March 4, 1869, married Miss Salome Harper. Immediately following his marriage he brought his wife to Waterloo, which has been their home since. They celebrated their golden wedding her in 1919.

Mr. Bates entered the produce and grain and commission business when he first came to Waterloo and became widely known thruout the state. He was actively engaged in business until forced to his bed two weeks ago.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal church for many years and was the youngest member of Robert Anderson post, G.A.R.

Surviving besides his widow are four children; three daughters, Mrs. H.D. Haffa, Mrs. T.R. McCoy, Waterloo, and Mrs. Harland Krueger, Chicago; and a son, Edward Allen Bates, whose whereabouts are unknown. Two grandchildren, Miss Dorothy Haffa and Henry Haffa, jr., and a great granddaughter, Virginia Haffa; two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Shilliam, and Mrs. F.F. Strayer, Waterloo, and a brother, Frank Bates, Los Angeles, Cal., also survive. A brother, J.E. Bates, Waterloo, died two years ago.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Christ Episcopal church. Rev. E.B. Mounsey, pastor, officiating. Brief prayer services in the home will precede the church service. Burial will be in Fairview. The body will be at the O'Keefe & Towne Mortuary until Wednesday morning.


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