|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1858|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1952|
Son of John & Elizabeth Fix Batis.
J. S. Batis, retired hardware and implement dealer at Arenzville, died at 7:45 o'clock yesterday morning at his home in Arenzville. He was 93 years of age.
His wife, Mollie, who is only a few years younger, has been a patient at the Passavant hospital in Jacksonville for a number of years.
Mr. Batis was born March 4, 1858 in New Hope, Augusta county, Virginia. He was an orphan at the age of 10 and was taken into the home of Mr. Johnson who put him to work in the wheat field to tie bundles for the shockers. Mr. Johnson was operating a hand rake McCormick machine one day and accidentally ran over the 10-year-old lad, cutting off his foot.
Mr. Batis moved to Missouri in 1869 with Mr. Johnson. He accompanied Mr. Johnson's sister on a visit to Jacksonville. When she stopped in Arcadia to visit relatives, Batis met an uncle who lived in Arenzville. He visited his uncle until fall and although he then returned to Missouri near Mr. Johnson, he moved back to Arenzville in 1874 and continued to reside there ever since.
He first bought out the interest of Chris French in the Huss and Hierman store January 1, 1889. Two years later he bought out the interest of Mr. Hierman.
He operated the Batis hardware and implement store for 49 years retiring in 1937 when he traded the store for the Fred Kleinschmidt farm.
On May 26, 1891 he married Mollie Bode and they built their home on the lot adjoining her parents' home. Their present home was built in 1893.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eloise Knight of Columbus, Ohio, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two children preceded him in death.
The body is at the Williamson funeral home in Jacksonville.
Mary Bode Batis (1863 - 1952)*
Eloise Batis Knight (1892 - 1979)*
Paul W. Batis (1895 - 1932)*
Elizabeth L. Batis Van Herck (1897 - 1922)*
Arenzville East Cemetery
Created by: Michelle Bley
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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