|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1849|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1933|
Son of Thomas Irving Bates and Betsey Jewell, Husband of Olivia Ferris, Father of Seeber Bates
Friday, November 17, 1933
The Otsego Farmer
Mr. Irving F. Bates
Irving F. Bates, an aged resident of Westville, passed away at his late home Saturday at 12:30 a.m. Death was due to the infirmities of age.
Irving Fenimore Bates was born July 23, 1849. He was the youngest of a family of eight children born to Thomas I. and Betsey (Jewell) Bates.
He was married on December 30, 1874, to Olevia Ferris, who survives. Mrs. Bates has been an invalid in bed for nearly two years. To her will go the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
Mr. Bates also is survived by one son, Seeber T. Bates, four granddaughters, Marion O., Dorothy C., and Winifred L. Bates and Mrs. Lynn Green; one great granddaughter, Drusilla E. Green; also by three nieces, maud L. Dutton of Westville, Mrs. Harold Marble of Maryland and Mrs. Arthur Scott of Milford.
While Mr. Bates was not a member of any church, he was a loyal friend and supporter of the Baptist church at Westville all of his life. In politics he was a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Horace Greeley in 1872.
Mr. Bates lived his entire life in the house where he was born on the old family homestead that his grandfather and father cleared out of the wilderness in the township of Middlefield.
During his entire life, he was an ardent sportsman, finding much recreation in hunting and fishing, and was a keen observer of nature. He could remember the days when the wild pigeon was on of the chief game birds of this section.
Mr. Bates had a cheerful disposition and genial manner which endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will mourn his passing.
Funeral services were held in the Westville Baptist church at 2 o'clock, Monday afternoon, preceeded by private prayer service at the family home. The Rev. N.B. Ripley of Milford, a long time friend, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. Walter A. Miller, pastor of the Westville Baptist church. Interment in the family plot in the Westville Cemetery.
Relatives from away attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Ferris of Unadilla, Mr. and Mrs. Harold marble of Maryland, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Scott and son, Egbert, of Milford, Mrs. Frank Wilson of Fly Creek, Mr. ad Mrs. Earl Chase of Cooperstown, Mr. and Mrs. Alden Ottaway and son, Harold of Bowerstown and Mrs. Carl Bedford of Oneonta.
Olevia Ferris Bates (1854 - 1936)*
Seeber T Bates (1878 - 1959)*
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 14, 2009
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