GEORGE BATES, one of the leading contractors and builder of Steubenville, Ohio, connected with The Fickes Company, is engaged in general contracting and brick construction work. He was born in Rock Island, Ill., in 1857, and is a son of WIlliam Bates, who was also engaged in contracting in his day.
George Bates was reared in Steubenville, Ohio, from the time he was three months old and here attended the public schools. Early in life he learned the trade of a bricklayer, beginning when he was sixteen years of age and his entire business life has been devoted to construction work.
He was identified with the firm of Arthur & Company, which was organized about the year 1904 and has continued with the Ficks Company since it succeeded the former concern. It is a leading firm and does much of the brick construction work in this vicinity.
Mr. Bates was united in marriage with Miss Annie Cooper, whose death occurred April 13, 1909. Fraternally he is a member of Steubenville Lodge, No. 1, K. P. and also is a member of the Bricklayer Union. He is a representative citizen of Jefferson County and is well known.