BATES, ELLEN T. - Benton County, Arkansas | ELLEN T. BATES - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Ellen T. BATES

Bentonville City Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

1849 - February 7, 1932

*Obituary
Benton County Record & Democrat & Sun
Thursday, February 11, 1932

BATES, Ellen T. SLOSS -Mrs. Ellen Sloss Bates, aged 82, a resident of Bentonville for 65 years, died quite suddenly at her home on North Main street about 9:30 Sunday night. Although she had been in poor health for some time she had appeared unusually well early in the evening when neighbors called to see her. Death was due to hemorrhage of the lungs it is stated. Mrs. Bates was the widow of the late A.J. Bates, former business man and capitalist, who passed away four years ago, leaving an estate valued at that time at about $150,000. Mr. and Mrs. Bates were childless but in his will he left his 16 nieces and nephews $500 each and about $4,500 to other relatives and organizations. The bulk of his estate was left to his widow for her use and enjoyment during her lifetime. At her death the residue of the estate was to be used for the building and maintenance of a hospital in Bentonville to be known as the Bates Memorial Hospital. In his will made in 1924 he left all his property to his heirs. A codicil to the will was added in August 1928 and the Bates Memorial Hospital provided for. Shortly after the will was probated the relatives of Mr. Bates brought suit in the circuit court to break the codicil of the will. It was brought out in court his signature on the will had not been properly witnessed and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the heirs. They received one-half of the estate. Approximately $52,000 were in stock in the defunct Benton County Hardware Co. that is said to be worthless. Mrs. Bates was born in St. Clair County, Missouri in 1850 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sloss who moved to Bentonville in 1866, bought a tract of land just north of the business district on the Square. Mr. Bates came here from Dade County, Missouri the following year. Their wedding took place a year later. The couple set up housekeeping in a little home on the Sloss property that stood on the property where Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Carnahan live. They moved to the house north of the jail, living there until their new home was built about 40 years ago. With the exception of a few years spent in Colorado for Mr. Bates' health they had lived there continuously until their death. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock with the Rev. A.W. Henderson and the Rev. R.S. Hayden, pastor of the M.E. Church, officiating. Burial will take place in the City Cemetery following the services. In her will made some time ago Mrs. Bates followed her husband's wishes and left her property to build the Bates Memorial Hospital. The estate at fair prices in ordinary times should be worth about $40,000 it is said. D.W. Peel, Jr. is executor of the estate and Mr. Peel, Seth Bates and S.P. Sloss were named by Mr. Bates as trustees for the erection and maintenance of the hospital.

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Submitted: 5/29/08 • Approved: 9/9/13 • Last Updated: 9/12/13 • R24766-G24766-S3

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