Pages 840-841, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WILLIAM M. PATTERSON, who is engaged in dealing in and shipping hay, his home being in Rose, has spent almost his entire life in Woodson County, where his father William W. Patterson, located at an early day. The ancestry of the family can be traced back to Alexander Patterson, the great-grandfather of our subject, who was one of ten brothers that left their home on the Emerald Isle and came to America, thus founding many branches of Pattersons in various sections of the country. James Patterson, the grandfather, removed from Virginia to Meigs County, Tennessee, and there followed farming and blacksmithing. He served his country in the war of 1812 and two of his sons were defenders of the Union during the war of the Rebellion. The grandfather spent his last days in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and at his death left a large family of sons and daughters.

William W. Patterson, the father of our subject, was born in Meigs County, Tennessee, in 1824, and there was reared, but at length was forced to flee from his native state on account of his Union sentiments. He accordingly took up his residence in Kansas, becoming a well known farmer of Woodson County. He married Martha J. Claiborne, a daughter of Jubal Claiborne, of Knox County, Tennessee, and once the owner of the farm upon which the city of Knoxville was built. Mr. Patterson carried on farming in Woodson County, meeting with good success, until his death, which occurred in 1893, and his wife passed away in 1898. Their children were as follows: Charlotte who became the wife of Henry Peters, both now deceased; Emma, wife of J. H. Flower: Mary, wife of James P. Kelley; Katie, wife of B. C. Parmele, of Newton, Kansas, and William M.

The subject of this review was born in Paveshiek County, Iowa, March 17, 1863, and as the family came to Woodson County in 1866, he has practically spent his entire life here. In his youth he assisted in the work of the home farm and attended the district schools, and later he engaged in teaching school at intervals until his marriage, being accounted a successful and capable educator. Since 1893 he has in connection with farming and stock raising been engaged in dealing in and shipping hay from Rose and also from Buffalo, Roper and Yates Center. His business has constantly increased in volume until it is now quite extensive, and his annual sales are a very desirable source of income. He possesses good executive and business ability and above all that untiring industry which form the foundation of all prosperity. Beginning life as an assistant to his father and upon the home farm his continued success has made him the owner of 686 acres of land, and the operator or controller of 2,800 acres.

On the 23d of September, 1886, Mr. Patterson married Miss Cora


Camac, daughter of I. J. Camac, of Yates Center, and they have noe[sic] child, Earle T., who was born on the 19th of July, 1889. In his political affiliations Mr. Patterson is a Republican who warmly espouses the principles of the party. He has served as township clerk, has been postmaster of Rose, and always attends the township conventions, while to the county conventions he has also been sent as a delegate. Such in brief is the history of a well known resident of Woodson County, a man who has the happy faculty of winning friends and of drawing them closer to him as the years pass by, this making him a popular and valued resident of the community.

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