Evening Kansan-Republican, Friday, January 5, 1917, Pg. 1

Vol. XXXII, No. 290





Highly Respected Citizen of

County Died Last





Prominent in Local Affairs

County Commissioner

Six Years.



  The death of J. T. Patton a highly respected citizen of Harvey county and ex-county commissioner occurred Thursday night about 9:00 o’clock at his home near Walton.  He had been failing in health for the past five or six months.

  The funeral will be held at the Methodist church at Walton Saturday morning at 10:30 and interment will be made in the cemetery there.

  Mr. Patton has been active in the community affairs of Walton and Pleasant township during his residence there and had served as commissioner of the First district for six years.  He came to Kansas in 1873, homesteading a farm in what was then Marion county but later was incorporated in Walton township, Harvey county.  After nine years residence there he moved to Pleasant township where he lived for eight years, returning to Walton township after purchasing a farm that adjoins Walton on the north, which had since been his home.  He held the offices of justice of the peace and trustee in both Pleasant and Walton townships and resigned as trustee in 1900 to serve as county commissioner to fill the unexpired term of two years cause by the resignation of J. C. Rich, commissioner of the First district.  He was a staunch republican and in 1902 he was re-elected to serve a four year term.

  In all public offices Mr. Patton conducted the affairs in a straight-forward, business like way and that always commanded the admiration and respect of the community.  He was always active in whatever pertained to the best good in school affairs and was a faithful worker in the Methodist church of Walton.

  He had enlisted in Co. H, 80th Illinois infantry and served three years, being mustered out at the age of 21 years and had been a member of the Judson Kilpatrick post of Newton.

  He is survived by his wife, daughter, Mary, who has been a teacher in the Walton school for the past fifteen years, sons, A. R., Orlie and Carl of Walton, and two sons who reside in western coast states.