Transcribed by: Patty Gaddis
WATTS, JAMES BATES, D.D.S. - who is well established in the general practice of his profession in Springfield, Ill., has been prominent in professional circles of the city since 1898, when he opened an office there. Dr. Watts is a native of Sangamon County, born near Farmingdale, Ill., May 7, 1875, son of Albert Benjamin and Amelia (Dustin) Watts, natives of Illinois. Albert B. Watts is a successful farmer and stock_raiser of Gardner Township, Sangamon County, and well known in the community. He and his wife were parents of eight children.
The early education of Dr. James B. Watts was received in the public schools of Sangamon County and he spent his boyhood on his father's farm. He attended Northwestern University, at Evanston, Ill., for four years, later received his professional training at the Northwestern University Dental School of Chicago, and graduated from that institution in 1898. In August of the same year he located in Springfield, where he has won a high standing in his profession and a reputation for skill and ability. He is a member of the Sangamo_Menard Dental Society. He has received thirty_two degrees in Masonry, is a Shriner, and is also affiliated with the Knights of Phythias.
Dr. Watts was married in 1904, to Miss Sallie Mae Buckman, of Sangamon County, daughter of Benjamin and Eva (Deitz) Buckman, natives of Illinois. One daughter has been born to Dr. and Mrs. Watts, Gladys Loraine. The family reside at 203 West Adams Street, and Dr. Watts oc(c)upies an office in the I.O.O.F. Building. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and active in its good work. They are well known in social circles and have many friends. Dr. Watts is an enterprising and public_spirited citizen, and in political views is Democratic.