JOHN O. BATES, is engaged in general contracting in paving, excavating and sewer construction work, his field of operation being in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with headquarters at Steubenville, O. where he takes rank among the leading citizens. He was born in that city, February 14, 1864 and is a son of John S. Bates, a retired resident of Steubenville.
John O. Bates was educated in the public schools of his native city, and after leaving school was employed for seven years in the old Jefferson Iron Works and the mill at Brilliant. He was then in partnership with his father in teaming and contracting and later engaged in general contacting in paving, excavating and sewer construction. He has successfully completed many large contracts thorugh this section and is recognized as a progressive citizen and business man. He has a number of oil interests and also is a stockholder in the Peoples National Bank. ALthough he has served on the school board, he has never sought political preferment, being satisfied to work for the success of his friends.
On September 17, 1885, Mr. Bates was married to Miss Agnes H. Seybold, who was born and reared in Steubenville and is a daughter of Louis Seybold. Her father, who for many years was engaged in the confectionery and bakery business, died in Kansas in 1902. He was married to Fredericka Weinmann, and of their family of four sons and six daughters all are living, namely: Emma, wife of James Sterling of Illinois; Mary, wife of Albert Clemans, of Leavenworth, Kan; William H., of Leavenworth, Kan.; Katherine, wife of D. S. McCoy, of Steubenville; Agnes (Bates); Amelia, wife of R. F. Antle, of Medford, Ore.; Louis J., of Turin, Ia; C. Edward, of Denver, Col; Ernest B., of Atchison, Kan.; and Nellie, wife of Paul Orlopp, of Medford, Ore. Mrs. Seybold, although past seventy-three years of age, is supple and active and is in the enjoyment of the best of health. SHe makes her home among her children. Mr. and Mrs. Bates have three children: Florence A., Mildred C. and John Louis. He is a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He is a member of Steubenville Lodge No. 1, K. of P.., the Order of Odd Fellows, the Heptasoplis and the Eagles.