Sheriff William Jones Bates
Sheriff William Jones Bates first took office in 1905 and served until 1911.
He was born at Waitsfield, Vermont on April 18, 1859 and educated in the public schools of Chippewa County, WI. He began an active career in the lumber business, at Chippewa Falls, MN. He re-located in Duluth in 1884 and continued in the lumber business, looking up timber lands in Northern Minnesota. He became a Deputy sheriff of St. Louis County in1889 and continued until 1905 whe he was elected sheriff of St. Louis County and assumed office on Jan 1, 1905.
Source: The Book of Minnesotans