JOHN F. PATTERSON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Toronto Republican, Friday, Apr. 24,
1896, Pg. 4
Vol. XIV, No. 18
OF JOHN F. PATTERSON.
The family and friends of John F.
Patterson were quite prepared for his death, which occurred last Saturday, April
18; his demise had been expected for several days, and it brought relief to him
who had suffered intensely. As chronicled in last week’s REPUBLICAN, Mr.
Patterson had suffered intermittently from Bright’s disease, with
complications, for several years, and this finally caused his death. A few
weeks before his fatal illness he said that he was quite ready and willing to
go, and would not be here long. A week before he died, while frenzied with
pain, his mind became unbalanced and he attempted to take his life, but was
prevented from doing so by his son, Holland. When he became rational again
he repented this rash act, and became reconciled to endure his sufferings.
He died peacefully, surrounded by most of his family.
The deceased was born in Derry
county, Ireland, June 4, 1835. His parents emigrated to America when he
was 4 years old and settled in Allegheny county, Pa. At the age of 20
years he married Louisa J. Cox, who survives him. Twelve children were
born to them, eight of whom are living. He embraced the Christian religion
when he was 24 years old and joined the United Presbyterian church. Mr.
Patterson enlisted in the service of his country during the civil war, and
fought for three years as a private in the 78th Pa. Vol. In 1871, he and
his family removed to Kansas and located in Anderson county; later he came to
Woodson county and resided here until his death.
The funeral occurred Sunday
afternoon, the service being conducted at the home by Rev. L. D. Wimmer, pastor
of the United Brethren church.