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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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OLDEST CHILD 54 AND YOUNGEST 3, HE IS THE
NATION'S CHAMPION FATHER AT 91!
Whitlburg, Ky., May 20. People
"In the neighborhood of Rockhouse
Creek, near here, claim the acquaint
ance of the champion father of the
country!
"Uncle Bob" Bates is 91 years of
age and the father of 24 children!
The oldest is 54, the youngest 3.
"Uncle Bob's" descendants num
ber well over 100. Some say there
are many greatgrandchildren alone,
not counting the grandchildren or
the great-greatgrand kiddies, of
whom there are at least 10.
"Uncle Bob" confesses he can't
count his flock, outside his children.
"Lor' man, ask me something
easy!' he pleaded when the subject
came up.
Thirteen children still live at home.
The other 11 are married and their
families are scattered. "Uncle Bob"
has been married twice.
At home this venerable Kentucky
father is still the unquestioned mas
ter. His policies are the household's.
He lives by rule and by rule he gov
erns. Here are some of his rules and po
licies about rearing children:
"It don't pay to pamper young
uns. t .
"Bring children up to respect you
and they'll respect themselves.
"Children have got to be taught to
save.
"I'm partial to girls. They stay at
home. Boys get out They got to,
I reckon.
"A good wife is th' best of all. A
man can't get ahead, without her. My
wife- helps me a heap. JThat's th'
way it ought to be."
"Uncle Bob's" children are seldom
sick. When they 'are, he says, a dose
of sassafras tea is medicine enough.
"Uncle Bob" has not been sick a
day in his life. He is 5 feet 8 inches
tall and weighs 180 pounds. He
stands straight and walks with a
spring. He has the shoulders and
chest of a perfect build. ;
And spry?
"Looky here, you all!" he said,-as
he jumped into the air and clicked
his heels together TWICE before
coming down.
He does not smoke or drink. He
doesn't worry and he doesn't hurry.
He loves life, but he doesn't fear
death.
"Uncle Bob" and his family live
in a house that is 75 years old.' The
house has bare floors and newspapers
are pasted on the walls.
But "Uncle Bob" owns most of the
mountain around Rockhouse Creek
He is a bank director. He is said to
be worth $100,000,
He has his rules and ideas about
having money, too.
"Savin money, not spendin' it, is
the best way, he says.
"The trouble with most folks Is '
they make money too easy. It goes
easy.
"I've gone hungry to save a quar
ter many a time. And I ain't never
been sorry."
One would expect a man who owns
most of the mountains in his section
and who is worth $100,000 to live in
a fine house," but "Uncle Bob", pre
fers the old house and the bare
floors.
"Ain't it what I was brought up
to?" he asks. "Then, I'm askin you,
why should I change?
"I wouldn't be comfortable walkin'
around on carpets and drinkin put
of china cups. Folks that live like
that die too quick."
o o
CALLED!
We have been told" that a certain
man took offense last week at an
item in this (editorial) column, de
claring that we meant him. If It is
any satisfaction to him to know that
his surmise is right we will say that
he is the man we meant Stroms
berg, Neb., News.

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