JOHN F. PATTERSON                     GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

Toronto Republican, Friday, Apr. 24, 1896, Pg. 4

Vol. XIV, No. 18




  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.