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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Bates (1860-1943)

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William Henry Bates
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Magistrate.

Born at Kendall, Westmoreland, England on 25 May 1860, son of Richard and Jane Bates, he emigrated to Canada and worked for a few months as a bookkeeper for a large loan company in Toronto. He then spent two years ranching in North Dakota, after which he returned to the employ of the loan company in Toronto until, in 1902, he was sent to Manitoba to manage its Brandon branch. On leaving the company’s employment, he was appointed to the position of provincial assignee and, in June 1911, as stipendiary magistrate in Brandon City Hall. On 24 June 1888, he married Honora Drewry (?-?) at Toronto, Ontario and they had two children: Cyril Dawson Bates (1890-?) and Norma Akitt Bates (1892-?, wife of Wesley Thompson). He was Secretary of the Brandon Conservative Association, and attended the Anglican church. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Brandon Club, Masons, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Foresters, and Sons of England Benefit Society. He died at Brandon on 5 May 1943 and was buried in the Dauphin Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“W. H. Bates,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1943, page 7.

We thank Peter Wesley Thompson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2020

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