Roy Thomas Yates, who since 1915 has been at the head of the Wasco County Abstract Company, is a native of Lebanon,
Oregon, born in October, 1884, and is a son of Walter Emery and Jennie (Keaton) Yates.
His paternal grandfather, Joseph Yates, was one of the early settlers of Oregon, coming to this state in 1848.
During his active life he was engaged at farming and was a prominent citizen of his community. He held many public
offices and was a veteran of the Rogue River Indian war. He died full of years, honored and respected by all who
had business relations with him as well as by those who were in the immediate circle of his friends.
Roy Thomas Yates received his early education in the grade schools of Lebanon and later attended the Oregon Agricultural
College and the Electric Business University of Albany. Following his graduation from the latter institution he
entered the law office of his uncle at Corvallis, where he was engaged as a stenographer and also took charge of
the abstract branch of his uncle's business. He remained connected with this office for five years and then removed
to Albany, being associated with the Linn Abstract Company for three years and resigning at the end of that period
to accept the post of secretary to the chief dispatcher of the Southern Pacific Railway, with headquarters at Roseburg.
Some years later, Mr. Yates became connected with the Salem abstract office and remained in the capital until 1915,
when he removed to The Dallies and established the Wasco County Abstract Company, which business he still conducts.
He is known as one of the most thorough men in his professional line in this part of the state. He also holds the
appointment of official court reporter of the seventh judicial circuit of the state. In 1918, Mr. Yates was elected
a member of The Dallies city council, and his work in that public capacity has more than justified the confidence
his supporters reposed in him. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and in every enterprise looking to the
advancement of his city and the surrounding district, he is always one of the leaders, giving freely of his time
and ability to the public interest.
In 1909 Mr. Yates was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Rosalia Seitz, of Brownsville, a descendant of the De Armond
family, which is one of the pioneer families in this section of Oregon. They are the parents of three children,
namely: Roy Thomas Joseph, Rowena Wilmot and Rosalia June.
Mr. Yates is an active member of the Knights of Pythias, in the affairs of which order he takes a warm interest,
and he and his wife are prominent in all social and cultural movements designed to add to the moral and material
uplift of the community in which they reside.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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