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Seeking information on the John Cates family who came from Texas in the Spring of 1898 and homesteaded in Elk Township near Old Retrop. The family consisted of John Conley Cates (b. 3-21-1857 in Missouri), his wife, Mary Elizabeth Kelly (b. 6-14-1856 in Texas), and children David, "Sam," George, Walter, Joanna, Martha, Mary, Alberta and Loyd.