JUPITER, FL – January 5, 2018 – The rich history of our scenic town is partly made up of the people whose roots run deep here and have witnessed as well as participated in its growth. Evelyne Bates, whose numerous contributions to many trades in the Jupiter area are well-documented, certainly falls under this category. Throughout a career that spans over five decades, Evelyne was a Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association secretary, a historian of the Lighthouse Art Center, an organizer of the Tequesta Fest, and one of the first docent tour guides of the Jupiter Lighthouse—she still climbs up to the top to this day to give tours! She recounts that throughout her time here, she has seen Jupiter’s population go from 500 to over 64,000. As the matriarch of a family that continues to leave daily footprints, she is proud of its history of individual contributions, which date back to the mid-1950s.
Evelyne’s grandfather, Freddie Dahlmeyer, was actually the first chief of Tequesta, and her uncle, Lou Loliberti, was the first chief of the Jupiter Inlet Colony. Evelyn’s husband, Wally Bates, was one of the first thee city carriers of the Jupiter-Tequesta area, and her grandson, Jack Bates, is one of the most acclaimed photographers in our area today. Evelyne, along with 22 members of the Bates family, all currently reside in the Jupiter area and continue to augment their roots through various community endeavors.
The Bates family—(Top, Left to Right): George Dzama, Airca Nuquist Dzama, Tom Johnston, Megan Johnston, Todd Johnston, Debbie Bates Johnston, Jack Bates Senior, Dianna Bates Nuquist, Ryan Nuquist, Dylan Nuquist, Lily Bates, Kristen Colson Nuquist, Austin Nuquist; (Bottom, Left to Right): Jay Dzama, Wally Bates, George Dzama V, Ryland Nuquist, Aubré Dzama, Evelyne Bates, Gina Martin Bates, Adley Nuquist, Jack Bates