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Student Autograph Album belonging to Bertie Bates of Traverse City, pioneer who founded the newspaper the "Grand Traverse Herald" and was a two-term lieutenant governor of Michigan.

Traverse City 1875-1879 (majo Oblong 3.25 x 5.25, gilt decorated boards, all edges gilt, unpag (100 pages, half are filled in). Covers worn, soiled, some staining, corners and spine tips bumped and worn, small tears at spine, inner hinges badly cracked, text block cracked and almost detached, light soiling, couple of pages neatly removed else good. Book contains handwritten notes of remembrance from family friends and schoolmates. Included are separate wishes from his father, Thomas T. Bates (there is another Thomas T. Bates who had two daughters and one son named George and was the son of Merritt Bates, Morganís brother), Mrs. M.E.C. Bates and various relatives from Gloversville, NY. Many of the signatures bear the last names of local pioneers i.e., Rosa Germaine, who was the daughter of Cuyler Germaine, the outside supervisor of the Hannah, Lay and Co. sawmill. Also there is the signature of Lorin Roberts, who was the superintendant of the Traverse City public schools at that time and who would become a circuit court judge. Other last names whose exact connection to the name in the parentheses hasnít been established: Willie Spoor (Rev. Spoor), Frank & Willie Ashton (Drs. B.D. & E.L. Ashton), C.K. & May Buck (Charles Buck, Buck & Kyselka Grocers), May E. Hubbell (L.W. Hubbell Drugs and Medicine). Also there are a couple of nice sketches. On one page someone has written "Brigham Young Salt Lake City, Utah" with "Traverse City 10-19-77" and "Hell." Young died in August of 1877 and there was a large contingent of Mormons near Traverse City against whom there was much prejudice. Morgan Bates, a NY native, worked as a printer for Horace Greeley, came to Detroit in 1833, and worked at and later owned the Advertiser, later sold it and went looking for gold in the 1840s. He came to Traverse City in 1858 and started up the Grand Traverse Herald. In the first issue, he stated his anti-slavery views, mirroring those of twin brother, Rev. Merritt Bates, a fervent abolitionist. In addition to being a newspaper editor/publisher he was head of the land office in Traverse City and lieutenant governor 1868-1872. Merrittís sons, Morgan (who signed the book) was editor/publisher of the Marshall Statesman and Thomas T., who bought the Grand Traverse Herald in 1876 from his former real estate partner who had purchased it from its founder, Morgan Bates. Neat association piece.


Book Id: 98-3680

Price: $95.00

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