Biography of H. Gorden Pattee
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H. GORDON PATTEE
As an e1ficient and enterprising member of the firm of Pattee & Lett, fruit shippers, organized by his father, Gordon Burleigh Pattee, in 1879, Mr. Pattee is well known in Riverside as a man of public spirit, his interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the city being both enthusiastic and practical. His father, whose birth occurred January 20, 1824, at New Canaan, N. H., received his education in his home town, and upon his graduation from Canaan Academy became a cabinet maker's apprentice in Boston, Mass., residing in that city six years. Returning to his home he established a mercantile store, which he successfully conducted until 1858, when he removed to Ottawa, Canada. In 1879 he visited Riverside, Cal., the winter climate of which so favorably impressed him that he decided to spend that season of the year in the Golden State, devoting the summer months to his lumber industry in Canada, which was one of the largest in the Dominion. He organized the Pattee & Lett Packing Company, in partnership with W. P. Lett, the firm today being the oldest independent packing association in the state. Securing a large tract of land the company planted an orchard, being the first to utilize the higher slopes for the cultivation of oranges, Mr. Pattee remaining active in both industries until his death, February 7, 1908, whereupon his son, H. Gordon, took over his interests, taking his father's place in the firm. Mr. Pattee was united in marriage in 1858 with Miss Mary Read, a native of Connecticut, the ceremony taking place in New Haven. Four children were born to them: Mrs. C. Berkeley Powell, of Ottawa, Canada; Mrs. F. W. Carling, also of Ottawa; Lewis G., a director in the firm of Pattee & Lett, his residence being in Ottawa; and H. Gordon. Mrs. Pattee makes her home at the Glenwood Hotel in Riverside.

The birth of H. G. Pattee occurred in Ottawa, Canada, October 6, 1878. He received his preliminary education in Bishop's College School at Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada, and following his graduation in 1898, he continued his studies in the University of Toronto for a short time In 1900, having completed his studies, he enlisted in the Canadian militia, serving two years as first lieutenant. Upon the death of his father he removed to Riverside, taking his place, as before mentioned, as a member of the firm of Pattee & Lett. For some time he had served in the Molson's Bank of Canada.

Mr. Pattee's marriage, which took place in Riverside, Cal., October 17, 1906, united him with Miss Lila Lett, a native of California and a daughter of W. P. Lett. They have one son, William Burleigh, born January 8, 1911.

A director of the Victoria Club, Mr. Pattee also serves as captain of the Victoria Golf Club, and as a representative of the Riverside Polo Club has taken an active part in various polo tournaments. While a resident of Canada he played on the Ottawa cricket team for several years, and also on the "Rough Riders" football team of that city. As members of the Riverside Episcopal Church, both Mr. Pattee and his wife lend material aid to numerous worthy movements.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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