Dr. A. H. Yates is responsible for the August 1917 death of Elise Stone.

Katherine Cross died October 10, 1917, from a "criminal operation" performed by Dr. A. H. Yates and his assistant, a schoolteacher named Frederick O‘Neal. Katherine, who had been born in August of 1899, was 18 years old.

Abraham "Abe" Yates was born February 28, 1867, the seventh of ten children born to Sarah Yates, who had married both Abraham's father, Gabriel, and Uncle John, in Pope County, Arkansas. Abe's father was a minister. He married Helen Louisa Star and they had four living children, three girls and a boy, and four unnamed children, three boys and a girl, who died in infancy.