Evanston Ill. Index
Judge Watler B. Scates died at his home here of paralysis on Tuesday morning.
He has been a resident of Evanston for seventeen years and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.
He leaves a large family of children to mourn his loss. The funeral was held Thursday, and was private on account of sickness in the family.
Walter Bennett Scates was a native of Virginia, though reared in Kentucky. His parents were Joseph Scates and Elizabeth Eggleston (Bennett) Scates.
In 1809 the family settled in Christian County, Ky., on a farm near Little River, where Walter was engaged in farming. Not long afterward Walter was in the law office of Hon. Charles S. Moorehead, subsequently Governor of Kentucky, and in the spring of 1831 he was licensed to practice.
He settled at Frankfort, Franklin county, Ill., where he remained five years.
In 1836 upon being appointed attorney general, he removed to Vandallia, then the seat of government.
In 1836 he married Miss Mary Ridgeway, daughter of John Ridgeway of Philadelphia.
At the session of the legislature of 1837, J.W. Scates was elected judge of the Third Judical District, which embraced the southern peninsula of the state, extending from Cairo 120 miles north, and he took up his residence at Shawneetown.
In every position, civil as well as military Judge Scates every held he discharged his duties faithfully and with credit alike to his judgment and his abilities. He was, in fact, a man of sterling honesty of character and purpose.
Hopkinsville New Era
November 1886

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