Biography of Lot B. Bates
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bates, Lot Besse, wholesale grocer, is the son of Thomas B. and Sarah D. (Besse) Bates, and a grandson of Barnabus Bates and Lot Besse, and was born in Fairhaven, Mass., December 22, 1841. His father died in 1S63 and his mother in 1891. Mr. Bates was educated in the Fairhaven public schools and when fourteen became a newsboy on the railroad, running between Fairhaven and Middleboro. Afterward he entered the fruit store of James B. Watkins in New Bedford as a clerk and remained five years, receiving at the start but $6 per month and board. When twenty one he became a clerk in the grocery store of John Wing of New Bedford. and three years later he accepted a similar position with William B. Dwight, with whom he continued two years. About 1867 he purchased the grocery store of Francis H. Pasell in the same city, which he conducted eight years, when he sold out and engaged in the porgie oil business as part owner and agent and treasurer of the St. George Oil and Guano Company of St. George, Me. In 1880 he established a grocery store on the corner of Acushnet avenue and Middle street, which he still continues, having added a wholesale department in 1894. Mr. Bates began active life a poor boy, but by industry, economy, and strict attention to business has accumulated a comfortable property. He is a director of the Union Street Railway Company, the New Bedford Safe Deposit and Trust Company, and the New Bedford and Acush. net Co-operative Banks, and has been treasurer of the Fourth Street M. E. Church since 1887. He served in the City Council one year, and is a member of Star in the East Lodge, F. & A. M., of Adoniram Chapter, R.A.M., and of Sutton Commandery, K. T. January 8, 1863, he married Emma A. Anderson of New Bedford, who died in 1871, leaving two children: Walter Norton and Emma Kelley. In 1872 Mr. Bates married Mary Phinney Simmons, daughter of William L. Simmons of Tiverton R. I., and they have five children living: Mary Simmons, Lot B., jr., Sarah Delano, Clarence Augustus and Mildred.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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