Norman Franklin Adam BATES1878 - 1955 (77 years)
Name Norman Franklin Adam BATES Born 28 Jan 1878 Fox Lake, Dodge, Wisconsin, USA Gender Male Died 12 Apr 1955 Mt. Vernon, Skagit, Washington, USA Buried Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Notes
- World War I Draft Registration Card:
Name: Norman Franklin Bates
Address: Elks Club, Seattle, King, Washington
Date of Birth: January 28, 1878
Present Occupation: District Manager, Lincoln Trust Co., Spokane
Place of Employment: Seattle and vicinity
Nearest Relative: Andrew Bates (Father), Oak Harbor, Washington
Date of Registration: Sept. 12, 1918
1910 Census: Seattle, King, Washington:
Bates, Norman F., head, 28, first marriage, married for 6 years, born in Wisconsin, father and mother born in New York, salesman manager, clothing store;
Edna M., wife, 26, first marriage, married for 6 years, born in Michigan, father born in Canada, mother born Wisconsin.
In 1928 and 1929, there are a number of newspaper advertisements appearing in Seattle, Washington newspapers advertising lots for sale in Sunnyshore Acres, Camano Island by Norman Bates. A sample advertisement appears as follows:
"Sunday, March 10, 1919: Large waterfront tracts. Beautiful Sunnyshore Acres on Camano. Select your tract now before the big rush. We will advance the price 25% April 1st. Large tracts containing 3-5 acres, beautifully wooded to a fine sandy beach. Good roads direct from Seattle. (NO FERRYING). A small deposit will secure a tract, balance $10 to !% per month."
1930 Census: Washington, Skagit County, West Concrete Township:
Bates, Norman F., head, rents, age 52, divorced, age at first marriage: 24; born in Wisconsin, father born in New York, mother born in Germany, occupation: fox farmer.
Thursday, August 3, 1950: Followng advertisement appeared in Seattle Times newspaper:
"Camano Island view waterfront home almost new--distinctive, gorgeous view. Heatilator fireplace, oil furnace, hitile, compact kitchen. Lots cabinets, full basement, attached garage. Lights, water. Cost $14,000 to build; sell $8,500. Located in Sunrise Point, 6 miles from Stanwood. Turn left from Terry's Corner. For appt. contact owner Norman F. Bates, Sunnyshore Acres, Rt. 1, Box 140, Stanwood."
Obituary, Twin City News: April 14, 1955:
“Death Takes Norman Bates Tuesday Noon; Known State-Wide as Civic Leader”
“Norman Franklin Bates, born January 28, 1878, passed away in a Mount Vernon hospital Tuesday, April 12, 1955, at 12:20 p.m. Mr. Bates was well known as the owner of beautiful Sunnyshore Acres, where he and his wife made their home.
“Death followed a slight stroke of paralysis three weeks ago Wednesday as he was driving home from a Kiwanis noon luncheon, the effect centering in his left leg. At first he, and others, considered it a passing ailment, but as the days wore on, it became evident that he was not going to recover as the paralysis progressed. More and more he became dependent on the assistance of Mrs. Bates. Friday morning after a short walk on the porch supported by his wife he was overcome by a convnvulsive jerking of the right arm and leg. It continued on through the day. In the evening he was rushed to the hospital for more specialized treatment. Near midnight nervous reaction was overcome and the muscles lay quiet. But the strain had been too great. He was completely exhausted and from then on gradually grew weaker until the end. However, he never considered death imminent and was mentally active with business affairs until a short time before the end.
“Deceased was a man greatly interested in public life and always took a leading part in advancements which affected the best interests of the island. He was chairman of the parks committee which is given much credit for the designation and establishment of a state park on Camano Island, serving as representative of the South Camano Grange, and was a past master of that organization.
“As a trustee of the AAA and Washington Good Roads Association, Bates did much to improve traffic hazards and establish a safe and sane system of highway motoring. He was highly opposed to the use of all alcoholic beverages and advocated jail sentences for people found guilty of highway accidents of under the influence of liquor. He was pleased over the passage of such a bill in the legislature this last winter. He also worked hard for a ferry system between Camano and Whidbey islands.
“Deceased was a member of Camano Lodge, No. 19, F&AM, but his greatest interest was with Kiwanis International. He wore a 13-year pin for perfect attendance as a member of the Stanwood Club and last year served Division 1A as Kiwanis lieutenant governor. He gave vigorous attention to every duty and it is thought his detailed attention to his official duties was too much for his advanced years.
“Deceased was born at Fox Lake, Wis. As a young man he lived in Clear Lake, S.D., and at Webster, Iowa, before coming west and settling in Seattle in 1898, finding employment in the clothing business. He had received his basic training in haberdashery in Webster. Later, he operated large clothing stores of his own, one in Seattle and one in Everett. After disposing of his clothing stores he entered the Silver fox field and for several years had one of the largest fox farms in the northwest. Anything Bates did he did in a big way, and his presence was always felt whenever he was serving on private or public committees.
“Surviving are his wife, Helen; two brothers, Ray A. Bates of Bothel, and Vernon J. Bates of Seattle, besides numerous nieces and nephews.
“Funeral services will be held in the Gunderson Funeral chapel Friday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m., after which the body will be taken to Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, for cremation. The Rev. Wendell Cone will officiate at the service.
“Honorary pall bearers will be members of the Stanwood Kiwanis club.”
Obituary: Wednesday, April 13, 1955, Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA)
"Services Set for Norman F. Bates, 77
Funeral services for Norman F. Bates, 77, of Camano Island, a past Northwest District lieutenant governor of the Kiwani Clubs, will be held at 1 o'clock Friday in the Gunderson chapel, East Stanwood. Cremation will follow.
Mr. Bates died yesterday in Mount Vernon. He had suffered a stroke about a month ago and a second one last Friday.
Mr. Bates was born in Fox Lake, Wis. He came to Seattle in 1898. He was in the clothing business here a numer of years before he moved to Camano Island about 20 years ago. He owned Sunnyshore Acres, a real-estate tract, on the island.
Mr. Bates was active in the Washington Good Roads Association and had been prominent in the development of the Camano Island State Park. He was a past master of the Camano Island Grange and past president of the Stanwood Kiwanis Club. He was a trustee of the American Automobile Association.
Surviving are his wife, Helen, and two brothers, Vernon J. Bates, Seattle, and Ray A. Bates, Bothell."
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF NORMAN F. BATES (Handwritten)
“I, Norman F. Bates, a resident of Camano Island, Washington, married, having no children, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and not acting under any duress, menace, fraud or undue influence of any person whomsoever, do make, publish, and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, that is to say:
I direct my executrix hereafter named to pay all my just, lawful, enforceable debts, including the expenses of my last illness and funeral and the expenses of selling my estate.
All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate I give, devise and bequeath to my loved wife, Helen Bates.
I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Helen Bates to act as executrix of this Will without her being required to give any bond or other undertaking for the performance thereof and without the intervention of orders of any court except for the probate of this Will and such other procedure only as may be required in the case of non-intervened wills.
I direct my executrix to employ for the probate of this will my friend Edward M. Hay or the firm of which he is a member, Hay & Hardin, Seattle, Wash.
I hereby revoke any and all other wills by me at any time made.
Witness my hand and seal this fifth day of April, 1955.
(signed) Norman F. Bates
Probate #3096, Island County, Washington (Coupeville)
Person ID I878 Lowell&Block Last Modified 1 Jul 2015
Father Andreas Johann BETZ, b. 1849, d. 1920 (Age 71 years) Mother Adolphine Caroline UMBREIT, b. 19 Aug 1848, Wölfis, Gotha, Thuringia, Germany , d. 1923 (Age 74 years) Married 12 Apr 1868 Manchester, Green Lake, Wisconsin, USA Family ID F807 Group Sheet
Family 1 Edna Mae JEFFERY, b. Jun 1881, Michigan, USA Married 12 Aug 1902 Seattle, King, Washington, USA Divorced Yes, date unknown Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 Family ID F857 Group Sheet
Family 2 Elizabeth WENTE, b. Abt 1884, d. Dec 1938, Seattle, King, Washington, USA (Age ~ 54 years) Married Dec 1934 Seattle, King, Washington, USA Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 Family ID F800 Group Sheet
Family 3 Augusta Helen LEUBECHER, b. 16 Jun 1889, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 20 Jul 1981, Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA (Age 92 years) Married 1942 Photos Bates, Norman and the George J. Lowell Family, Camano Island. 1948.
L. to R.: Norman Bates, John Lowell, George J. Lowell, Hazel Lowell with hands on Roger Lowell, G. James Lowell. At Norman Bates and wife, Helen Leubecher Bates' Sunnyshore Acres home.
Lowell, George J. and family at Sunnyshore Acres.
George and Hazel Lowell and sons visit Hazel's aunt, Helen Leubecher Bates and her husband Norman Bates at the Bates' home on Camano Island in Puget Sound in Washington. L to R: Jim Lowell, Roger Lowell (standing in front of Jim), George Lowell (with hat), Helen Bates, Norman Bates, and John Lowell. Photo taken in Summer 1948?
Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 Family ID F451 Group Sheet
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Histories Newspaper Articles. Bates, Norman. Development of Camano Island State Park.
From the Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington) Thursday, July 21, 1949, page 16.
Newspaper Articles. Bates, Norman. Efforts to Restore Ferry Service.
Appeared in the Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Washington), Monday, Dec. 17, 1951.