Anna Ruth (Harbaugh) Bates was born in 1928 in Confluence, Somerset County, PA, the third of seven children born to William Elliot and Ethel Irene (Ream) Harbaugh.
In 1937, when Anna Ruth was a young girl, her parents moved to a new farm in Clarksville, Washington County, PA. There, her family raised horses, chickens, pigs and dairy cows.
As a child, Anna Ruth and her siblings would walk to school and back home. The boys would work in the fields and the girls had house chores. They also had to care for the chickens and pigs.
Because her father never learned to drive, Anna learned to drive by means of their tractor in the fields while her father and brothers bailed hay. She did not get her driver’s license until much later when her oldest daughter Janet was a year old.
Her father Elliot worked as a miner for the Jones Laughlin Steel Corporation Vesta No. 5 Mine. Her mother Ethel baked bread, pies and cooked to feed her family.
Anna worked at a dry cleaner in Fredericktown, Washington County. She was paid $17.00 per week, which she used to help her family, funds that in turn paid the electric bill for the household. As a child Anna attended Sunday school at the Mt. Zion Church in Fredericktown.
At the age of 21, on Sept. 3, 1949, Anna married Francis Waldo Bates (Nov. 17, 1925-1996). The wedding ceremony was held at the Mt. Zion Church in Fredericktown.
Francis was born in Clarksville, the son of Albert G. and Birdie (Piper) Bates.
Prior to marriage, Francis served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in World War II. While in Atlantic, GA, he was photographed with a buddy, Melvin Cole. They were both just 18 years old at the time.
The Bates went on to produce five children – Janet Lynn (Bates) Forester was born in Brownsville, Fayette County, PA; and Peggy Ann (Bates) Mountcastle was born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA.
Then the family moved to Canton, Stark County, OH, where Randy Francis Bates was born, followed by Donna Jean (Bates) Ogrisseg and finally the youngest, Lesa Marie (Bates) Pacelli.
They remained in Canton for the rest of their lives.
As a family, the Bates attended many of the Harbaugh reunions. At the 28th reunion, held Sun., Aug. 11, 1957 at the Odd Fellows Hall (Grove) near Kingwood, PA, son Randy was recorded as the youngest child at 4½ months.
Seen here is a photo of Anna and Francis together at his sister's home in New Salem, Fayette County, PA.
Her mother and father celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Nov. 9, 1972. Anna Ruth and her siblings attended.
In 1976, their address was 1314 Western Avenue SW in Perry Township, Canton. That summer, their daughter Peggy Ann was named second runner-up in the "Miss Firefighter" competition.
Sadly, stricken with diabetes, Francis passed away on April 30, 1996 at the age of 70. He is buried at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens in Canton.
Anna Bates outlived her spouse by more than a decade. She succumbed at the age of 79 on April 30, 2007. An obituary noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Daughter Janet Bates married Ronald Forester.
They have resided in Massillon, OH.
Daughter Peggy Ann Bates ( ? - ? ) was born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA. She relocated as a girl with her family to Canton, Stark County, OH. She liked to water ski, read, golf and raise plants.
In July 1976, she was employed at Amherst Beauty Shop and was named second runner-up in the "Miss Firefighter" competition held at the Imperial House Motel in the town of Belden. The news was reported in the Massillon Evening Independent.
Peggy wedded George Mountcastle.
Their home has been in Louisville, OH.
Daughter Donna Jean Bates was joined in wedlock with Tim Ogrisseg.
They dwell in North Canton.
She helped prepare this biography circa 2003, with updates since then by the founder of this website.
Daughter Lesa Bates was united in matrimony with Nick Pacelli.
They live in Canton.
Son Randy Bates married Joyce.
They have made a home in Chandlersville, OH.
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