Images from the Lindon Bates, Jr. Collection

Telegram from Lindon Bates, Sr. sent on May 7, 1915 asking Lindon Bates, Jr. “Rox” to send a confirmation cable. “Mother wishes you cable on receipt of this.” The first telegram is a copy of one sent by Lindon Bates, Sr. in New York City to Lindon Bates,
Telegram from Lindon Bates, Sr. sent on May 7, 1915 asking Lindon Bates, Jr. “Rox” to send a confirmation cable. “Mother wishes you cable on receipt of this.” The first telegram is a copy of one sent by Lindon Bates, Sr. in New York City to Lindon Bates, Jr. aboard the Lusitania requesting “Rox” to return a confirmation cable. It is not clear if this was before or after the attack.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 8, 1915 (11:46am) stating that 500 out of 640 reported survivors have been named but Rox’s name does not appear on any lists. Hoover is sending Rox’s brother, Lindell “Dell” Bates, to Queenstown.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 8, 1915 (11:46am) stating that 500 out of 640 reported survivors have been named but Rox’s name does not appear on any lists. Hoover is sending Rox’s brother, Lindell “Dell” Bates, to Queenstown.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 8, 1915 (7:45pm) from London notifying the Bates family that Rox has not appeared on the survivors list yet. “We do not abandon hope...”
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 8, 1915 (7:45pm) from London notifying the Bates family that Rox has not appeared on the survivors list yet. “We do not abandon hope...”
 Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (8:48am) stating that all but 58 survivors have been named. Access to those remaining 58 survivors is barred by the physicians.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (8:48am) stating that all but 58 survivors have been named. Access to those remaining 58 survivors is barred by the physicians.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (9:19pm) keeping the hope alive as it is reported that some boats (“trawlers”) went to England with survivors rather than to Ireland. “So still hope.”
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (9:19pm) keeping the hope alive as it is reported that some boats (“trawlers”) went to England with survivors rather than to Ireland. “So still hope.”
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (11:25pm) reporting that Dell has arrived in Queenstown. Telegrams out of Queenstown are taking 7 to 8 hours. Dell has been interviewing survivors but no one so far remembers encountering Ro
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 9, 1915 (11:25pm) reporting that Dell has arrived in Queenstown. Telegrams out of Queenstown are taking 7 to 8 hours. Dell has been interviewing survivors but no one so far remembers encountering Rox.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 10, 1915 (8:18am) reporting news that Dell has been in touch with survivors who saw Lindon in a heavy overcoat searching for two children on the lower decks and “was probably caught in rapids dragge
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 10, 1915 (8:18am) reporting news that Dell has been in touch with survivors who saw Lindon in a heavy overcoat searching for two children on the lower decks and “was probably caught in rapids dragged down.”
Telegram from Lindell Bates to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 10, 1915 (5:48pm) that he learned from a doctor and Mrs. Warren Pearl that Rox was searching for the Pearl children when a wave hit the sinking ship and he was not seen from again. Rox “acted in extr
Telegram from Lindell Bates to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 10, 1915 (5:48pm) that he learned from a doctor and Mrs. Warren Pearl that Rox was searching for the Pearl children when a wave hit the sinking ship and he was not seen from again. Rox “acted in extremely unselfish and courageous way”.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 11, 1915 (9:21am) confirming that a Dr. Houghton witnessed Rox give his life belt to a woman.
Telegram from Herbert Hoover to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 11, 1915 (9:21am) confirming that a Dr. Houghton witnessed Rox give his life belt to a woman.
Telegram from Lindon Bates, Sr. to Lindell Bates on May 13, 1915 (no time) giving information about Rox that could be used to identify his body. “Be assured Mother and I are captains of our souls.”
Telegram from Lindon Bates, Sr. to Lindell Bates on May 13, 1915 (no time) giving information about Rox that could be used to identify his body. “Be assured Mother and I are captains of our souls.”
Telegram from Lindell Bates to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 15, 1915 (12:05pm) notifying family that he is leaving Queenstown and that the chances of recovering Rox are “infinitesimal” at this point. He is one of the last to leave.
Telegram from Lindell Bates to Lindon Bates, Sr. on May 15, 1915 (12:05pm) notifying family that he is leaving Queenstown and that the chances of recovering Rox are “infinitesimal” at this point. He is one of the last to leave.