|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1870|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1943|
St. Joseph County
Bluffton, Indiana News Banner
Wednesday, March 3, 1943 - P1C6
B. A. Batson Dies Michigan Hospital
Former Postmaster and Surveyor Here Dies This Morning
Benjamin Alonzo (Lon) Batson, aged about 72, former county surveyor of Wells county and postmaster here for a period of eight years, died early this morning in a hospital at Three Rivers, Mich., following an illness of a few days.
He became ill while he was engaged in his occupation as a supervisor of highways in that area and his condition was reported to have been attributed to an anemic condition superinduced by attacks of pneumonia he had experienced in recent years. Blood transfusions at the hospital gave only temporary relief.
The decedent was a native of Wells county, a son of the late Martin V. B. Batson and Hester Stonebrook Batson, pioneer residents of Jackson township. His parents resided in Bluffton many years.
Elected in 1898
Mr. Batson became active in county civic and political affairs and was elected county surveyor in 1898 and served in that position four years. While in that position he served also as city engineer to the extent of making necessary surveys for public improvements and in supervision of such work. He served later also in the position of city engineer, the statures at that time providing for a position carrying that title.
He served several years as Democratic county chairman, and was appointed postmaster in 1913, to fill a vacancy caused by the death of L. F. Roush. He served as postmaster eight years, from Oct. 23, 1913 to May 1, 1921. He resigned the post-mastership to fulfill his desire to engage in an agricultural occupation and he and his family moved onto a farm near Constantine and Three Rivers, Mich., and had been continuous residents of that locality since.
His experience and ability as an engineer brought him an appointment as highway supervisor, a position he had filled for a period of years.
The marriage of Mr. Batson and Miss Ella North took place in this city. She survives, with a foster daughter, Mrs. Louise Krajce, of Niles, Mich., and a granddaughter. A sister, Mrs. Ida Brickley, is deceased.
Mrs. Batson, the widow, is a sister of Mrs. Sarah Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Blanche McClain, of this city, and they and Mrs. Fitzpatrick's son, Raymond, left for Three Rivers shortly after receiving word of Mr. Batson's death.
Funeral arrangements had not been learned here late this afternoon, but it was believed that burial would take place here.
(Thanks to David Huffman for the obituary)
Martin Van Buren Batson (1843 - 1911)
Hester Adellia Stonebrook Batson (1844 - 1934)
Ella Aileen North Batson (1874 - 1964)
Created by: Paul North
Record added: Dec 08, 2007
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