The people are the family of Thomas Jefferson Bates. Uncle Tom was the son of George V. Bates, builder of the mill. Here is the names of some of these people: Tom is on the far right with his arms crossed.
(from right to left on the back row): Ezra Bates, Mount Bates, Y.D. Bates, James Roberts, "Lum" Liles, Dee Davis, Jim Taylor, Asa Talley with baby, and Sam Looney.
(middle row from right to left): Minerva (Lewis) Bates, Leona (McMillan) Bates, Nola (Spears) Bates with baby, Victoria (Bates) Roberts, Olive Roberts, Mima (Bates) Liles with baby, Margaret (Bates) Davis with baby, Sarah (Bates) Taylor, Lizzie (Bates) Talley with baby, and Nancy (Bates) Looney.
On the front row some of the children are: Grace Liles, and other Liles children, Crawford children and Davis children. Standing on the end of the front row on the far left is Will Crawford.
Looking up Butcherknife Creek from the bridge on Hwy. 8 East in Big Fork. The Bates gristmill was up this creek on the left. A story says that in the early days surveyors lost a knife in this creek and that's how it got its name. Bates land lay on the left and Goss land was on the right of the creek.