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BATES, James E.
Transcribed from:  The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. 
II, page 40, 1923.

BATES, JAMES E., though born in South Carolina, has lived practically all his life in Florida
and has had many interests to make him one of the prominent men of the state. His home for
over thirty years has been in Tampa, where he was a building contractor and is now secretary,
treasurer and manager of the Bates-Hudnall-Jetton Company, lumber and mill work manufacturers.

Mr. BATES was born at Kingstree, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, December 31, 1863, a son
of BAZZEL and LAURA (BROWN) BATES. His parents were also natives of South Carolina and of
prominent old families of that state. BAZZEL BATES and wife have lived in Florida before the
war, and three years after the birth of their son JAMES E., they returned to the state in 1866
and located at Hawthorne in Alachua County. Of their nine children seven reached mature years
and all were born in Florida except JAMES E., who was the third child.

JAMES E. BATES acquired a public school education and lived at home until he was twenty-two.
In 1890 he removed to Tampa and engaged in business as a building contractor and did much of
the construction work of the city during the next fifteen years. The Bates-Hudnall-Jetton
Company was organized in 1916, and he was for a time its president, but subsequently took up
his duties as secretary, treasurer and manager. This is one of the important industries of
Tampa, manufacturing large quantities of lumber and building material. Besides the office
force about forty persons are employed in the mills and shops. Mr. BATES married in 1888
ELLA J. JORDAN. She died March 1, 1921, the mother of five children, three of whom are living:
MILDRED, wife of J. J. MILLER of Tampa; LILLY, wife of J. A. GOOGE of Tampa; and EDNA, wife
of W. A. CALLAS of Tampa.

On March 25, 1922, Mr. BATES married ALICE BELL of Louisville, Kentucky. Fraternally Mr.
BATES is affiliated with Tamps Lodge No. 708, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
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