Biography of A. F. Patnott
Kings County, CA Biographies





A. F. PATNOTT.
A. F. Patnott enjoys the distinction of having been the pioneer automobile agent in Hanford and he has continued actively and successfully engaged in the line ever since. He has seen a great evolution in the construction of automobiles and has done his full share in popularizing the use of machines for both business and pleasure. He has spent practically his entire life in this section of the state, where he is widely and favorably known. He was born in Visalia, Tulare county, California, on the 18th day of November, 1878, a son of John J. and Eliza (Lisman) Patnott, both of whom were natives of Missouri. John J. Patnott came to California in the early '70s as an engineer on the Southern Pacific Railroad, a position which he held for many years. Of the children born to him and his wife, the following are living: Roy J. and Elmer, both of whom live in Richmond, California; and A. F., of this review.

A. F. Patnott was educated in the public schools of Visalia, and in 1895, when but seventeen years of age, engaged in the bicycle business in Hanford, as a member of the firm of Walcott, Wall & Patnott. Later Mr. Patnott bought his partners' interests and thereafter conducted the business alone. In 1903 he took the local agency for the Pope Hartford automobile, being the first man to engage in the automobile business here. In his two stores, in Visalia and Hanford, he had been handling the Pope Hartford bicycle and had earned a fine reputation in business circles for his energetic business methods and his square dealing. During the subsequent years he has enjoyed his full share of the local business in his line. In 1914 he became the agent for Kings county for the Cadillac car and in 1916 took the agency for Kings and Tulare counties and the Coalinga district of Fresno county for the Oakland car.

Mr. Patnott was married to Miss Estella Follett, who has passed away. They became parents of three children: Fern, Doris and Rondall.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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