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Ira C. Ates
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1898, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1933
Winn Parish
Louisiana, USA

From the June 30, 1933 Winnfield News-American

Ira Ates, Tenant Farmer, is Victim of Shotgun Load

H. A. Martin, Owner of Farm, Is Not Arrested


In an argument over potatoes, Ira Ates, 31 year old tenant farmer of the
Atlanta community, at noon Saturday lost his life.

H. A. Martin, 37, owner of the farm on which Ates was a tenant, fired the
fatal shots. Martin was released after his surrender to Sheriff Bryant
Sholars, when a coroner's jury held that the death of Ates was "justifiable
homicide."

The argument over the potatoes began Thursday when Ates and Martin failed to
agree on the weight of a bushel of potatoes in the settlement for Ates' crop.
Apparently the first anger was cooled, but when Martin asked Ates to come to
the Martin farm Saturday to take payment for the potatoes, he appeared with a
shot gun and called for Martin to come out, witnesses testified at the
coroner's inquest.

Martin at first refused to come out on the porch of his home, witnesses said,
but when summoned a second time by Ates, the farm owner walked out of the
door. Ates, so witnesses said, had dismounted from his horse and was standing
just outside the yard with his shotgun resting on the top of the gate and
aimed at Martin. Martin rushed back into the house and picked up his shotgun,
returned and fired point blank. A charge of No. 12 shot into Ates' face,
causing instant death, Coroner J. F. Faith declared. The shotgun which was
found by Ates' body where he fell was not loaded. Mrs. Ira Ates, widow of the
victim, testified that neither she nor her husband knew that the shotgun was
not loaded, and whether he ever attempted to fire his weapon is not known.

Practically the same versions of the shooting were given by Martin, his wife,
and two daughters, Ottis, 15, and Norena, 12, and by Mrs. Ira Ates, widow of
the dead man.

Immediately after the shooting, Joe Martin, brother of the farm owner, called
the sheriff and coroner and H. A. Martin surrendered to the sheriff.
Following the coroner's inquest Martin was not arrested and no charges were
made.

Attending the inquest were Miss Nancy Tannehill, believed to be the first
woman ever to sit on a coroner's jury in Winn Parish, D. W. White, I. W. Shaw,
D. C. Taylor, and E. Curry.

From: June 29, 1933 Winn Parish Enterprise

Ira Ates, 31, Is Victim Of Shotgun Load

H. A. Martin, Owner of Place On Which Ates Was Tenant Farmer Is Not Arrested

An argument over whether a bushel of potatoes weighs 60 or 70 pounds
culminated in gunplay at noon last Saturday which cost the life of Ira Ates,
31 year old tenant farmer, in the Atlanta Community about 12 miles south of
Winnfield.

H. A. Martin, 37, owner of the farm on which Ates was a tenant, fired the
fatal shots. Martin was released after his surrender to Sheriff Bryant Sholars
when a coroner's jury held the death of Ates was "justifiable homicide."

Old Dispute Renewed

A shotgun, which was not loaded, was found near Ates' body at the gate to
Martin's yard. Ates, renewing an argument over the potatoes which began
Thursday but which Martin thought had been settled, approached the Martin home
on horseback about 11:30 a.m. and called for Martin to come out, witnesses at
the coroner's inquest testified.

Martin at first refused to come out on the porch of his home, witnesses said,
but when summoned a second time by Ates, the farm owner walked out of the
door. Ates, so witnesses said, had dismounted from his horse and was standing
just outside the yard with his shotgun aimed at Martin. Martin rushed back
into the house and picked up his single barreled shotgun. He returned and
fired point-blank. A charge of No. 12 shot tore into Ates' face, causing
instant death, Coroner J. K. Faith declared.

Whether Ates ever attempted to fire his weapon is not known. Mrs. Ira Ates,
widow of the victim, testified that neither she nor her husband knew his
shotgun was not loaded.

Sheriff is Summoned

Substantially the same versions of the shooting were given by martin, his
wife, and two daughters, Ottis, 16, and Norena, 12, and by Mrs. Ira Ates,
widow of the dead man.

Immediately after the shooting, Joe Martin, brother of the farm owner, called
the sheriff, and coroner, and H. A. Martin surrendered to the sheriff. At the
conclusion of the coroner's inquest, H. A. Martin was not arrested and no
charges were filed in the case. Both Martin and Ates are members of well known
families in the Atlanta Community.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Joy T. Franks Ates (1909 - 2004)*
 
 Children:
  Sybil Virginia Ates Mixon (1925 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sanders Chapel Cemetery
Calvin
Winn Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Joshua Johnson
Record added: Dec 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23338835
Ira C. Ates
Added by: Joshua Johnson
 
 
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