Mrs. Leah Bostwick Dates, aged 51 years, wife of Ernest C. Dates, of 278 Sly avenue, died at 9:30 Monday night in Corning Hospital where she had been confined for the past nine weeks. She had been ill for two years.
Well-known and liked throughout the city, Mrs. Dates was extremely active in Crystal City Chapter, Eastern Star and the Eastern Star Choir. She was a past matron of the chapter and a past president of the Past Matrons Club. Mrs. Dates was also a member of the White Shrine in Elmira, the Crystal City Navy Mothers Club, First Presbyterian church and the Ways and Means Society of that church.
Born in Lawrenceville, November 7, 1893, daughter of the late Elias Dewitt Bostwick and Etta May Rhodimer Bostwick, she married Ernest C. Dates at the family home in Corning on April 17, 1912. Her father was a well-known man in this section and was associated with Wing and Bostwick, for over 30 years the largest and one of the most outstanding stores in Steuben county.
Mrs. Dates inherited much of her father’s business ability and for a number of years clerked in the Wing and Bostwick Store. She attended Northside High School.
Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mary Ellen, a senior in Northside High School; three sons, First Lieutenant Hubert Dates, with the U.S. Army at Okmulgee, Okla; twin sons Ensign Harold F. Dates at Sanford, Florida, and Robert L. Dates, a dental student in the Western Reserve at Cleveland; two grandchildren, Nancy Lee and Hubert Dates, of Okmulgee, Okla.; her mother, Mrs. E.D. Bostwick of 151 Decatur Street; two sisters, Miss Luella Bostwick of Decatur street and Mrs. Gladys Novack of Rochester; two brothers Dewitt of Andover, and Charles Bostwick of this city.
The body was removed to the Phillips Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of her sons. The Rev. Paul H. Hazlett, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the services and interment will be in Lawrenceville, Pa. Visiting hours will be announced later.
Source: Corning Leader, April 10, 1945.