My Step-Grandfather, Archie L. Bates was born in Pennsylvania on October 30, 1882. His Father, Lester E. Bates, was born in May 1858 in Pennsylvania. His Mother, Jane E. Cox Bates, was born July 1855 in West Virginia. They were married in 1882, probably in West Virginia. From what I can get from a search in Ancestry.com, Archie L. Bates had a brother, Harry C. Bates, and three sisters, Geneva Bell Bates, Irena May Bates, and Myrna (or Myra) Lee Bates Snow. She and Snow were married January 12, 1911.
My Step-Grandfather, who went by the name ‘Bates’ was a hard worker. He worked all day in a steel mill as a sheet heater and when he came home from that, he worked in his large vegetable garden, and tended 150 bee hives. A Mr. Bechtel (the father of nine children!) was Bates’ bee partner. As I said, Bates was a hard worker. He was always into some kind of project.
I remember that Bates had a little white terrier. I can’t remember his name, but I do remember that Bates taught him to climb a ladder and jump thru a hoop!
In 1942, Archie L. Bates and my Grandmother, Bessie Ross Miller Bates, lived at 2320 Belmont Lane, in Redondo, California. Bates died July 28, 1946. He’s buried in Crestlawn Cemetery in Riverside, California.