Rose Bates was born and raised in Natick, the daughter of Italian immigrants. She has lived in Natick all her life and remembers many of the local businesses no longer in existence. During World War II, she took part in rationing programs and was a nurse’s aide. After the war she married Robert Bates, a World War II Navy veteran.

 

A group photo taken in Natick Center in the late 1930s

 

Vito Sammartano, Rose Bates’ brother, on the Veterans Wall, Morse Institute Library, Natick

 

Rose Sammartano with a group of nurse’s aides during WWII. She is in the second row, second from left

 

Robert Bates, Rose’s husband, on the Veterans Wall, Morse Institute Library, Natick

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