WILLIAM A. BATES
From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 619-620:
W. A. Bates & Co.
The wholesale grocery house of Bates &
Co. (the only exclusive business house of the kind in this place) is
recognized as one of Nevada's substantial establishments in a business
point of view. It is conducted by William A. and Edward W. Bates,
father and son respectively, and no one who is acquainted with either
member of the firm will question the reliability of the house. The
stock embraces as good an assortment as will be found in larger cities,
and is constantly kept complete, and the success of their enterprise,
which at first was experimental, has exceeded their expectations.
W. A. Bates, the senior member of the firm, has been reared with a
mercantile experience. He was born in Madison county, O., August
27, 1834, his parents being Sylvanus and Eunice (Turner) Bates, the
former a native of Ohio and a merchant tailor by occupation.
William A. was the eldest son and second child in his parents' family of
eight children, and until 18 or 19 years of age he lived in Ohio where
his time was occupied in selling dry goods and groceries. In 1855
he settled in Illinois and for a period of 20 years sold goods in Piatt
county, that State. Since 1880 he has been connected with the
business interests of Nevada and no man has won a more enviable
reputation for honor and integrity than he. Mr. Bates was married
in 1861 to Miss Mary Manning, of Pennsylvania. Their only child is
Edward W., who is associated with his father in business. He was
born in Monticello, Ill., was reared there and subsequently accompanied
the family to this county. His wife was formerly Miss Annie
Robinson, an estimable young lady, of Kentucky nativity.