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Frank Louis Bateman (1850-?)
Born in Dansville, N.Y. Engaged in cigar and drug businesses in Bay City.

Biography. - Added July, 2011.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


The firm of Bateman & Fox, of which this gentleman is senior partner, is the most extensive house engaged in the manufacture of cigars in Bay City. It carries a large stock and manufactures a large annual product, doing an extensive business and occupying a conspicuous position commercially.

Mr. Bateman was born in Dansville, N. Y., September 9, 1850, and is a son of S. L. Bateman, whose father was a New Yorker of English descent. S. J. Bateman was a practical mechanic and pattern maker, who located in Dansville and there carried on business. He took part in the Patriot War (refer to the history of Candian War), and in 1866 he located in Corruna, Shiawassee County, Mich., where he engaged in pattern making, and the following year removed to Owosso, where he resided until his death in November, 1879, when he was sixty-eight years old. His wife was Catharine, daughter of James Coffee, and was born in Bucks County, Pa.; there her father was a farmer before he located in Dansville, where he died. She is now in her seventy-third year and resides with our subject. Her family consisted of five sons and three daughters.

Frank Louis Bateman had his early training and education in Dansville, attending the common school and seminary there, and at the age of sixteen came to Corunna, where he worked at odd jobs and soon entered the employ of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad, and later the Michigan Central Railroad and worked his way up from the position of brakeman on the passenger train to passenger conductor, in which position he worked for two years, running between Bay City, and Mackinaw, with headquarters here. His record in this capacity is a fine one, as he never has an accident with his train nor ever a man hurt upon it.

Ill health caused Mr. Bateman to resign his railroad work in 1882, and for some four years he was a sufferer but has now recovered his health. About that time he bought out Mr. Beebe, of the cigar company which had started some years previous to his taking an interest in it. The firm operated under the title of Braddock & Bateman until 1885, when George H. Keating joined the enterprise and continued therein until July, 1889, when Mr. Fox entered the firm, which is now known as Batemann & Fox, as Mr. Braddock sold his interest to the new-comer.

This firm had gradually grown from a small concern to the largest in the city, and employs from twenty-five to forty skilled workmen, all of whom are under the superintendence of Mr. Bateman. The annual product amounts to over one million cigars, exclusive of those manufactured to their order in Eastern establishments, which aggregate five millions per year, of the best quality and make. Among their specialties are the S. W. R. brand, S. W. B, Junio, the Sam Anderson, the Phoenix and the Red Rose. They also carry full and complete supplies of the imported Havannas, in addition to Key West and other domestic brand.

Mr. Bateman's interest in the drug business began in 1887, when he purchased a store of Empey & Co., which has been established for many years. This store, of which he is sole proprietor, is located in the Astor House Block, South Bay City, and while he directs and supervises the business he has placed the immediate management of it in charge of James W. Adamson, an accomplished pharmacist, who brings to the discharge of his duties a thorough knowledge of the profession. The specialties of this house are pure drugs, and the exercise of the greatest care in the preparing of prescriptions.

We here record the marriage, at East Saginaw, of Mr. Bateman and Miss Frankie Dunn. This lady was born in Romeo, Mich., and died March 25, 1887. Mr. Bateman was, during his railroad connection a member of the National Mutual Aid and Benefit Association of Conductors. He is a Democrat in his political views. Various social orders claim him as a member, including the Royal & Select Masters, Lodge Ne. 53, The Bay Lodge, 129 F. & A. M., and the Blanchard Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M. For four years past he has been a member of the Police Commission, and was efficient in the discharges of his duties therein.

Labor news. - Added July, 2011.

Official Year Book, Michigan Federation of Labor, 1907


Bay City is the home of the well-known cigar manufacturing and jobbing firm of Bateman & Fox, whose favorite ten-cent “R & F.” and “B & F. Perfecto” and five-cent “Sunshine,” “Finest,” “Cubano,” “Chief” and “Santiago “ cigars are familiar to the smoker throughout the state, and the reputation of these brands have gone far and wide as being the best cigars for the money on the market today.

The members of this firm comprise some the Bay City's most progressive and up-to-date business men, who take a deep interest in all movements pertaining to the welfare of labor.

Additional Notes.

    1870 – Census: Owasso, Shiawassee, Mich.

  • Bateman, Samuel – b. 1815, New York. - pattern maker
  • Catherine, wife – b. 1825, Pa.
  • Frank, son – b. 1851, New York.
  • Shelden, son – b.1857, New York.
  • Burton, son – b. 1860, New York
  • Louisa, daughter – b. 1862, New York

    1880 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Bateman, Frank L. - b. 1852, New York – conductor R.R.
  • Frankie, wife – b. 1855, Pa. (maiden name Dunn)
  • Bert, brother – b. 1859 New York. - brakeman on R.R.

    1883 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Bateman, Burt – conductor D, M & M. R. R., bds F L Bateman.
  • Bateman, Frank L. - (Braddock & Bateman), res 213 S. Center.

    1893 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Bateman, Frank – (Bateman & Fox), druggist, 625 Harrison, res 215 S. Center.
  • Bateman & Fox – (Frank Bateman, Charles H. Fox), Wholesale Cigars, 600 Harrison.
  • Fox, Charles H. - (Bateman & Fox), bd Aster House.

    1900 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Bateman, Catherine – b. 1821, Pa. - widow
  • Frank – b. Sep., 1850, New York.

    1910 – Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

  • Bateman, Frank L. - age 59, b. New York.
  • Gertrude P., wfe – age 31, b. Mich. (2nd wife?)
  • Virgil L., son – age 3, b. Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Braddock, Edward B.
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Adamson, James W.
Bateman, Burton (bro)
Bateman, Frank L. (subject)
Bateman, Gertrude (2d wife?)
Bateman, Louisa (sis)
Bateman, Samuel L. (father)
Bateman, Sheldon (bro)
Bateman, Virgil (son?)
Beebe, Mr.
Coffee, Catharine (mother)
Coffee, James (g-father)
Dunn, Frankie (wife)
Empey, Mr.
Fox, Charles H.
Keating, Geo. H.
Subjects Referenced
Aster House block
Bateman & Fox.
Bay City, MI
Braddock & Bateman
Bucks Co., PA
Corruna, MI
Dansville, NY
Detroit, MI
East Sagianaw, MI
Empey & Co.
Mackinaw, MI
Mich. Central RR
Romeo, MI
Shawassee Co., MI
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