George W. Bates is the owner of three hundred and fifty acres of highly developed farm land located in Sherman township, where he is engaged in general farming and in the breeding and raising of pure-blooded Holstein-Friesian cattle. He was born June 2, 1862, in Sherman township and is the son of Joseph D. and Joann (Robinson) Bates.
The father was a native of England, his birth having occurred in Lincolnshire, on December 11, 1833, while the mother was born in Putnam county, New York, December 17, 1831. The paternal grandparent, George Bates, was born in Lincolnshire, England, September 7, 1803, and was one of an old English country family. He was the first member of the Bates family to emigrate to America. He reached the shores of the new world from his native land in 1833, settling first in Canada and later taking up his abode in St. Lawrence county, New York. In 1849 he moved to Wisconsin and settled on section 22, in Sherman township, Sheboygan county. The land upon which he settled was native forest, densely covered with all the varieties of hard wood common to this section of the state. He established his home upon that land, which he improved and upon which he continued to live until late in the '50s, when he removed to Iowa and a few years later returned to Wisconsin, taking up his abode in Fond du Lac, where he continued to reside until the time of his death. In England he married Maria Hill, who was born in Lincolnshire, April 25, 18o3, and to them nine children were born: Jane, who became the wife of a Mr. Brooks, of St. Lawrence county, New York, and is now deceased; Hannah, who is the widow of Eli Mitchell and resides in Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin; Sarah, deceased; Joseph D., the father of George W. Bates, of this review; Amos M., who resided in Buffalo county, Wisconsin, and is now deceased; Edward, who served as a soldier in the Civil war, as a member of the Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and died while in service; George R., who resides in Anoka, Minnesota, and who served as a soldier in the Civil was as a member of the Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; Anna Maria, who is the widow of Elisha Robinson and resides in Plymouth, Wisconsin; and William J., who resides in Anoka, Minnesota, and who also served in the Civil war as a member of the Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
Joseph D. Bates, the father, was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools. He spent the early years of his manhood on his father's farm. At the age of twenty-two he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land located on section 11 in Sherman township and later, in 1857, he bought sixty-five acres situated on section 3 in that township, to which he removed and there continued to live during the remainder of his life. He later sold his original purchase of one hundred and sixty acres on section 11 and added by purchase at various times additional amounts of land to his sixty-five acre farm until he owned an estate of three hundred and fifty acres of highly developed land at the time of his death, which occurred April 24, 1904. On August 25, 1855, he was united in marriage to Miss Joann Robinson, who was the daughter of Noah and Huldah (Kelly) Robinson, the Robinson family being one of the very early pioneer families of Putnam county, New York, several members of which were soldiers in the Revolutionary war.
Noah Robinson moved to Wisconsin in 1847 and located on section 3 in Sherman township and there continued to live until the time of his death. In his family were ten children: Henry, who made his home in Lyndon township and is now deceased; William, who resided in Sherman township and is also deceased; John, whose death occurred in Putnam county, New York; Joann, now the widow of Joseph D. Bates; Elisha, who served his country in the Civil war as a member of the Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and who died while in service; Abner, who Was a minister of the Baptist church at Mondova, Buffalo county, Wisconsin, now deceased; Adah, who is the widow of Amos M. Bates and resides in Sheboygan; Electa Jane, who became the wife of S. D. Hubbard, of Mondova, and is now deceased; Cordelia, the wife of C. A. Spaulding, of Mondova; and Samuel, who died in infancy.
To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Bates four children were born: Sanford and Huldah Jane, both of whom are deceased, the former passing away at the age of sixteen and the latter at the age of two; George W., of this review; and Eva J. The mother of these children is still living at the advanced age of eighty years and makes her home with her son, George W. Bates.Her memory is unimpaired and she is enabled to give a very graphic and correct account of the early pioneer days of Sherman township.
George W. Bates was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Sherman township, later becoming a pupil in the high school at Plymouth. At the close of his school years he remained under the parental roof and was engaged at work on his father's farm, where he continued until the time of his father's death, after which he assumed complete charge of the entire interests of the estate. He is one of the principal stockholders of the Adell Canning Company, of which he was one of the original organizers and of which he is now the president.
He is also one of the original stockholders of the State Bank of Adell, of which he is a member of the board of directors. He is also a member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America. Mr. Bates is one of the largest and most enterprising and up-to-date agriculturists of Sheboygan county, where he is engaged in the cultivation of a highly developed farm of three hundred and fifty acres and specializes in the breeding and raising of pure-blooded Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle. His farm is one of the show places in the state and is justly entitled to be numbered among the most highly developed and best conducted farms in Sheboygan county. He is a man of unquestioned integrity in business affairs and is active in the promotion of any public measure intended to improve the condition of the people of the state and community in which he lives.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL