Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Reeve Thomas Yates

Male 1864 - 1956  (92 years)


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  • Name Thomas Yates 
    Prefix Reeve 
    Born 8 Jan 1864  Plattsville, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Elected Office Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve and councillor Preston 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177134860 
    Occupation 1891  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Sales Clerk 
    Residence 1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Anglican 
    Occupation 1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Weaver 
    Occupation 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Boss Weaver, Woolen Mill 
    Residence 480 Queenston Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Anglican 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-89959 
    Died Feb 1956  [4, 5
    Buried Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I89959  Generations
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2023 

    Father James Yates,   b. 1822, Stockport, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1898, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann Hogue,   b. CALC 30 Jun 1828, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1911, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Family ID F251368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Mary Volkmann,   b. 3 Jul 1866, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1944, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 18 May 1892  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Lieut-Col. Arthur Volkman Yates,   b. 4 Nov 1893, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age 54 years)
     2. Blanche Victoria Yates,   b. 13 May 1897, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1993  (Age 95 years)
     3. Mildred Sarah Minnie "Minnie" Yates,   b. 28 Jun 1901, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1978, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Ralph Yates,   b. May 1908, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2023 
    Family ID F18658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Thomas Yates
    Thomas Yates

  • Notes 
    • YATES, Thomas, "Uncle Tom":

      Born1864 Died: 1956, Feb 10
      Municipality: Preston
      Years on local council 1898-1900
      Councillor; 1914 Reeve
      Years on Waterloo County Council 1914
      Address: 480 Queen
      Occupation: Employed by George Pattinson Co., Preston, as loom-fixer, then overseer; expanded into fire insurance and real estate
      Origin: Plattsville, NY
      Migration date: 1882
      Spouse: Emma Mary Volkman
      Children: Arthur; Blanche; Mildred (m. Walter Cross); Ralph
      Religion: Anglican
      Notes: Worked 45 years for George Pattinson and Co., Preston, being foreman of the weaving room until he retired in 1926
      * 1905 - began his own insurance business
      * 1949 - wrote a witty column for the Reporter's Preston jubilee-reunion under "Uncle Tom recalls", as well as writing poetry for family and friends, particularly on special occasions; known as "Mr Preston."
      * Memory perpetuated by Thomas Yates in trophies for general proficiency in Preston public and high schools

      Businesses and Organizations:
      George Pattinson and Co., Preston
      Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Canada
      Standard Fire Insurance Company
      Waterloo Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
      London, England, Accident and Guarantee Co.
      Preston Horticultural Society - president
      Preston Public School Board
      Preston Silver Band - president
      Preston Dramatic Society
      Preston Lyceum Dramatic Company
      Preston Lawn Bowling Club - president
      Good Templars Society, Preston branch
      St John's Anglican Church, Preston - choir leader for 20 years
      Preston Crokinole Club
      Sources: obit ER 11/22/1956; obit Preston
      Times 15/2/1956pl; KPLvfcbwatco
      Photo: CDR 5/10/1979; ER 7/1/1930; KWR 8/1/1954

      Waterloo County councillors : a collective biography / Elizabeth Bloomfield, design and co-ordination and Linda Foster, research, 1995 Caribou Imprints

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      Mr. Yates remembered

      Flags flew at half mast in Preston in February, 1956 when Thomas Yates, 92, died. Mr. Yates was the last surviving member of the council in 1899 when Preston was incorporated a town. He was born in Plattsville and worked for 45 years at the Pattinson Woollen Mill. He was an alderman for four years, on the public school board for 10 years and was president of Preston Silver band and a member of the Preston Lawn bowling club.

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-2 Page 20.

    2. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 24 Pg. 21.

    3. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 53.

    4. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Yates/ In Loving Memory Of/ Thomas Yates/ 1864 - 1956/ Emma Mary Volkman/ Beloved Wife Of Thomasyates/ 1866 - 1944/ "Peace Perfect Peace"/ Dear Daughter Blanche Victoria/ 1897 - 1993./ [Footstone] Mother.

    5. [S3172] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177134860/thomas-yates.

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Thomas Yates Age: 28 Birth Date: abt 1864 Birth Place: Plattsville, Ontario Marriage Date: 18 May 1892 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: Jas Yates Mother: Elizabeth Ann Yates Spouse: Emma Mary Volkmann Spouse's Age: 26 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1866 Spouse Birth Place: Preston, Ontario Spouse Father: John Volkmann Spouse Mother: Maria Volkmann

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Jan 1864 - Plattsville, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve and councillor Preston - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sales Clerk - 1891 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Anglican - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 May 1892 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Weaver - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Boss Weaver, Woolen Mill - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Anglican - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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