Merced Express [Merced, CA.]
Friday, May 16, 1930


The Passing Of a Well-Known Merced County Farmer And Stock-raiser.

Stephen M. Pate, a prominent Merced county farmer and stock-raiser passed away at his home in Le Grand at an early hour yesterday morning after an illness of several months from complication of ailments.

Mr. Pate, or "Doc" Pate as he was familiarly known, was born in Mariposa county February 19, 1859, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Pate, who came across the plains to California in pioneer days.

He grew to manhood in that county and for many years was actively engaged in farming and stock-raising in Mariposa and Merced counties. He was well-known throughout both counties and commanded the respect and esteem of his numerous friends and acquaintances. He was a member of Merced Lodge No. 208, I.O.O.F., and Merced Lodge No. 1240, B.P.O. Elks.

He leaves a widow, Mrs. Lottie Pate; three sons and two daughters by a former marriage, Louis Pate of Le Grand, Harvey Pate of Merced, Samuel Pate of Long Beach, Mrs. Olive Latour of Merced and Mrs. Edna Henry of Oakland, and two sisters, Mrs. Louise Ryan and Mrs. Sarah Frasier of Los Angeles county.

The funeral services at which the Rev. D.C. Williams, former pastor of the Methodist Church at Le Grand, will officiate, will be held in the Welch & Griffin chapel in this city this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the family plot in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

Transcribed by Alma Stone