John Tate

John Tate

Male 1908 - 1953  (44 years)

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  • Name John Tate 
    Nickname Johnnie 
    Born 13 May 1908  Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 4 Jun 1908  All Saints, Gosforth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1924  6084 Woodrow Avenue, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education 1928  Northwestern High School, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    (graduated from) 
    Education Jun 1932  Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    at Michigan State College (granted a BA in Journalism) 
    Occupation 1933  Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle 
    Residence Between 1933 and 1936  Newcastle upon Tyne and London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1936  Detroit, Michigan returning from London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Michigan, USA and England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    journalist and publicist (usual occupation) 
    Occupation Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    public relations dir. for Detroit Dept of Parks & Recreation 
    Occupation 1937  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaperman (according to Detroit City Directory) 
    Residence 1937  5973 Epworth Boulevard, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    according to Detroit City Directory 
    Occupation Between 1938 and 1939  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Publicist for Homer Martin, UAW President 
    Residence Nov 1939  2229 W. Grand Blvd., Apt. C-2, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    according to certificate of citizenship for wife Mary Ellen Patricia Tate 
    Residence Mar 1953  Dearborn, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his mother 
    _UID F85E916082B4BB479737427B134CEB93E736 
    Died 9 Mar 1953  Livonia, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 13 Mar 1953  Grand Lawn, Lot 167 Sec. 6, Detroit, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I100  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2019 

    Father John Tate,   b. 26 Aug 1873, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1944, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Margaret Hoy,   b. 6 Sep 1876, Craigs Townland, Craigs, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1964, Dearborn Heights, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1901  Holy Saviour, Tynemouth Priory, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Witnesses Robert Hoy and Isabella Robson witnessed the Tate-Hoy marriage 
    Notes 
    • Dec 1901 Tynemouth 10b384 HOY Margaret Tate John
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ellen Patricia Flynn,   b. 13 Dec 1910, Erinsville, Lennox & Addington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1983, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 6 Oct 1938  Angola, Steuben, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Patricia Flynn Hoy Tate
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Births Jun 1908 Tate John Castle W. 10b 403
      Birth registered at Castle Ward, Gosforth, 26 June 1908, according to the original certificate of registry of birth

      Sponsors of John Tate's baptism at All Saints, Gosforth were Lancelot Tate and Esther Snowball [Esther Reed Snowball, wife of John Henry Snowball]

      John Tate wrote a column for his college paper Michigan State (College/University) News called "My Ego and I" for about 5 years. He seems to also have worked for the local newspaper while in Lansing. He was on MSC's varsity swimming team for a couple of years.

      "Spartan Sports Encyclopedia" by Jack Seibold (Sports Publishing LLC, 2003)
      page 143
      1927-1928 season
      "In what would be considered a recruiting coup by today's standards, a pair of standout swimmers from Detroit Northwestern High School enrolled at State in 1928. They were Horace Craig, a national interscholastic backstroke champion, and John Tate, the Detroit city champion in the freestyle"
      page 147
      1928-1929 season
      Swimming and Diving-February 2, 1929 (H): After a one-year hiatus as a result of the pool closure, the Spartans returned to competition with an easy 38-20 win over the Grand Rapids YMCA. The top performance was a pool record-shattering swim of 1:14.1 by the 120-yard freestyle relay team of Charles Scheid from Kalamazoo, and the Detroit trio of John Tate, Horace Craig and captain Al Ellinger"
      Swimming and Diving-February 9, 1929 (A): The following winning times were swum by Spartans in the 20-yard tank at Michigan Normal.... Tate with a 27.6 in the 50-yard freestyle...."

      Google Books- Michigan State U Record, vol 41 no 2 p. 17, and vol 40, no 3 p. 16 (two references to John Tate-the first with an UK address of 97 Osborn Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne)

      After graduation (MSC, 1932, B.A., Journalism) John Tate went to England where he worked for a number of Newcastle papers, often writing "human interest stories" about the differences between life in the United States and England.

      John Tate arrived in Liverpool from New York on the "Britannic" (White Star Line) on 16 April 1933. (John Tate, res. 1 Lotus Pl. Newcastle on Tyne, newspaper man, 24, British citizen, country of intended residence England)

      The Journalist (UK) January, 1936: "American Journalists Organizing." Excerpt: "Mr John Tate, a newly admitted member of the Newcastle Branch, who since he came to England 2 1/2 years ago has been on the reporting staff of "Newcastle Evening Chronicle" and "North Mail," had some pithy comments to make on the American Press, gangsters, and women's organizations, when he addressed members of Newcastle People's Theatre on Sunday, December 8th...."

      Newcastle Journal, 8 February 1936: "Dictators and Press: Lecture to Jarrow "Imps": Excerpt: "Mr. John Tate, a Newcastle Journalist, giving a lecture on "The Press" at a meeting of the Jarrow branch of the Junior Imperial League in the Conservative Rooms, Jarrow, last night...."

      Undated clipping from unknown [Newcastle] paper: "The American Scene: Newcastle Man's Views on Gangsters"
      Excerpt: "....the speaker was John Tate, a Newcastle Journalist, who lived for over 20 years in America and who worked on newspapers in Detroit and Lansing. He was speaking at Newcastle People's Theatre on "The American Scene" his talk being a follow-up to the recent production of the play "Front Page"...."

      Undated clipping: "John Tate, the special correspondent who has been touring the North-East attending spiritualism seances, to-morrow gives his considered opinions on spiritualism...[to the SUNDAY SUN"]

      John Tate returned to the United States from England September 23-29, 1936 on the Barengaria (left from Southampton). He continued to write articles as a correspondent such as:

      North Mail and Newcastle Chronicle Feb 15 1937 article: "Tyneside not hard to the Eyes: Retrospective Regrets from the Bustle of Broadway"

      There was a biographical Note in WORLD's PRESS NEWS, March 18, 1937 (London)
      "John Tate: rewrite man on the "Detroit Times," Michigan, USA. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, went to America as a boy and was educated at the University of Michigan and Michigan State College. Came back to England in 1933 and joined "Newcastle Evening Chronicle" reporting staff. Last year, returned to America, after spending several months with the Associated Press London Bureau and working for several London papers"

      In Detroit, John Tate worked as editor/publicist with the United Auto Workers union, but his job was subject to the power struggles within the union.

      Detroit City Council Meeting on 31 March 1938-was attended by Martin, Reuther, Germer, Mazey, Davidow, and Tate-concerned the Federal Screw Products strike. (from "Two Who Were There: A Biography of Stanley Nowak," Wayne State UP)

      There appear to be references to John Tate (judging by google books) in the 1939 UAW Convention proceedings, and "Charges Against Richard Frankensteen, Ed Hall, Wyndham Mortimer, Walter N. Wells, George F. Addes...." published by the union in 1938.

      New York Times, October 19 1938 p. 3 (Louis Stark)
      "MARTIN IS ORDERED TO OUST RED AIDES Auto Union's Board Demands He Purge His Staff of the 'Lovestone Communists' Compliance is Expected But President May Test Peace Pact by Urging Ouster of 'Stalinists' Also- -By November 1, Homer Martin, president of the United Automobile Workers Union, must purge his staff of the "Lovestone" Communists and of others who have incurred the enmity of the union's executive board, it was reported today....Those slated to be purged include the following:...John Tate, publicity chief...."

      (Later articles from Detroit News (around November 10th) claim that John Tate was not fired, but in fact had just been promoted to editor of the UAW's weekly paper.)

      He was married to his secretary Patricia Flynn, at some point also R.J. Thomas' secretary, on October 06, 1938, in a Detroit "Gretna Green" - Angola, Indiana.

      Chicago Daily Tribune "Foes of Martin Fight to Smash His UAW Grip" January 26, 1939
      (John Tate is described in the article as the "publicity director in Martin's office")

      Naturalization Petition September 25, 1940 #139811 (Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan)
      (He was issued SSN 378-09-9145 on January 8, 1937 and registered to vote in Ward 22 and District 57 of Detroit)

      The couple may have also briefly been resident in Baltimore and Washington DC at some point during WWII before the birth of their daughter.

      John Tate also worked for R.J. Thomas when Thomas was UAW President.

      Detroit Free Press, June 20 1946 "Tate Ousted as Editor of CIO Weekly"
      " John Tate, editor of the weekly Michigan CIO News, was dismissed by State CIO Council President August Scholle, and replaced by William Dufty, a veteran and former auto worker. Tate said he would contest the dismissal "for unjust cause" through the American Newspaper Guild (CIO). Tate said he has a one-year contract, granted by former Council President John Gibson, and he will demand pay for the remaining six months, in place of two months offered by Scholle. Scholle's re-election as Council President was considered a major victory for UAW (CIO) President Walter P. Reuther. Tate is a supporter of Richard T. Leonard, who is now an opponent of Reuther, and formerly handled publicity for Leonard's UAW (CIO) Ford equipment. Dufty, prior to enlistment, handled publicity for Scholle and former UAW (CIO) Vice President Richard T. Frankensteen. In dismissal, Tate joins David P. Connery, former editor of the UAW (CIO) Auto Worker, and supporter of R. J. Thomas. Connery was dismissed following the UAW (CIO) Convention. Scholle said Tate had been employed on a part-time basis, and that he was "dissatisfied" with his work.

      June 19, 1946 New York Times, p. 15 "CIO EDITOR IS OUSTED Pro Reuther Man Discharges John Tate in Michigan Special to the New York Times Detroit-June 18- John Tate, editor of The Michigan CIO News, official publication of the affiliates of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in this State, was fired summarily tonight by August Scholle, new president of the council and a strong supporter of Walter P. Reuther, international leader of the United Automobile Workers. Mr. Tate said that he would contest the dismissal through every channel within the CIO, starting by filing a protest with Local 22 of the American Newspaper Guild. This local is headed by Don Schram, president, and Paul Weber, executive secretary, both of whom are pro-Reuther men. Until three weeks ago Mr. Tate shared his editorial duties with the task of public relations adviser to Richard T. Leonard, vice president of the UAW and an anti-Reuther man."

      He went back to live with his mother after his divorce from Patricia Flynn (date of divorce unknown, possibly never finalized)

      He was a member of Local 735 (Canton, MI) in 1952.

      Detroit Free Press Obituary for John Tate:
      "A prominent figure in the early days of the UAW, Mr. Tate, 44, of 7107 Whitefield, Dearborn, died Monday at the wheel of his car in the parking lot of the Detroit Transmission Co. Plymouth Rd. plant, where he had been employed since last November. He died almost instantly. Mr. Tate was former editor of the Michigan CIO News and the United Auto Worker. He worked as a publicity man for the Department of Parks and Recreation and at one time was employed by the Detroit Times. He is survived by a daughter, Patricia; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Tate, and a brother, Joseph. Services will be at 2pm Saturday in the F.B. Hunter Funeral Home, 13903 Terry. Burial will be in Grand Lawn Cemetery."

      New York Times, March 11, 1953: "John Tate, former editor of the Michigan News, CIO, died yesterday at the age of 44. He was an inspector in the parking lot of the Detroit Transmission Company"