Asa E. "Ace" Goates (1884 - 1962)


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Asa Goates was born on in Copeland, Van Buren County, Arkansas United States


Wife: Rhoda Jane Pack Goates


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Asa Goates died on in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California United States

Cause of death: Long Illness

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at Memorial Dr, in Ceres, Stanislaus County, California United States


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1884 - In the year that Asa E. "Ace" Goates was born, on December 6th, the Washington Monument was completed. Building began in 1848 but was stopped because of lack of funds and also due to the Civil War. It would be dedicated in 1885. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest structure in the world.

1900 - Asa was 16 years old when the U.S. helped put down Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion took place in China, where the presence of "outsiders" (foreigners) was resented. The United States, along with Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia, had business interests in China and these countries all sent troops to put down the Rebellion and keep China open to their presence and to Christian missionaries.

1906 - At the age of 22 years old, Asa was alive when English biochemist Frederick Hopkins concluded that vitamins are essential to the human body and that a lack of vitamins caused scurvy and rickets. Scurvy and rickets were both huge problems in sailors that were at sea for extended time and the addition of vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium in their diets helped eradicate the problem.

1939 - He was 55 years old when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

1962 - In the year of Asa E. "Ace" Goates's passing, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

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Asa E. "Ace" Goates was the son of David Coleman Goates, Jr. and Sally Ann Hensley. He was first married to Rhoda Jane Pack on February 3, 1903 in Copeland, Van Buren, Arkansas. ( Van Buren Marriage Index G Book 8 Page 66 ). They had eight children:

Leona Goates Isaac, 1904-1972
Ora Mabel Goates Cox, 1906-1983
William Elmer Goates, 1908-1947
Everet Goates, 1911-1926
Verna Lera "Vernie" Goates Waggoner, 1913-2007
Ruth Viva Goates Jennings, 1916-1958
Alva Martin "Alvie" Goates, 1918-2005 and
Ilene Violet Goates Eddings Branson, 1925-1978

His second wife was Stella Augusta Queen. They were married on March 30, 1934 in Franklin, Arkansas. They had one child, Robert E. Goates, who died at birth.

The Modesto Bee
Friday, October 26, 1962
Page 9A
Ace E. Goates
Services will be held tomorrow at 11AM in the Franklin & Downs Funeral Home for Ace E. Goates, 79, a retired rancher, who died Wednesday in a local hospital after a long illness. The Rev. James Ervin and Rev. E. A. Thresher will officiate.

Goates had lived in the Hughson area for about eight months. He was a native of Copeland, Ark.

He is survived by his widow, Stella, of Hughson; two sons, Willie Goates of Waterford and Alva Goates of Hughson; four daughters, Ora Cox and Ilene Eddings of Hughson, Verna Waggoner of New Mexico, and Leona Isaac of Arkansas; five stepdaughters, Myra Pack of Modesto, Pearlee Bledsow and Eda Pack of Porterville, Tulare County, Virginia Head of Lakewood, Los Angeles County, and Clara Moody of Oregon; 24 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Burial will be in the Ceres Cemetery.

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