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Posted By: Vicki (email)
Date: 12/1/2016 at 16:21:32

Bloomfield Democrat - Thursday, June 26, 1902

Lyman P. Bates was born in the state of Ohio, in the year 1821 and departed this life at the home of his son, four miles west of Bloomfield, Tuesday, June 10th, 1902, being 80 years, 8 months and 11 days.

At the age of fifteen Mr. Bates left Ohio, going to Illinois where he engaged in farming, pursuing that occupation for about fifteen years when he removed to Sparland, Illinois, and engaged in the mercantile business in which he was quite successful, both in his general store and lumber yard. He was also postmaster of the town for a number of years. Mr. Bates continued in business at Sparland until the breaking out of the Civil war, he answered his country's call for volunteers and enlisted in the 42nd Illinois regiment, serving under General Thomas. He was present and took part in the battles of Nashville, Huntsville, and other minor skirmishes.

After the close of the war Mr. Bates returned to Sparland, and started anew to rebuild his business which had met an almost entire loss during his absence. In this he did not meet with the success that he had hoped for. Disposing of his interest there he came to Davis County, Iowa, in the autumn of the year '69, and at once engaged in farming, also dealing largely in real estate.

Mr. Bates was united in marriage to Miss Zilpha Hammett, and to this union were born two children who survive him, Leslie H. Bates, of Bloomfield, and Mrs. Milton Harris, of West Grove. The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic Order, of which he as an almost life long member. The remains being interred in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


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