Biography of Adam Patterson
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Adam Patterson is one of the venerable citizens of Iowa county, having passed the eighty fourth milestone on life's journey. He now lives with his son Ephraim on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 33, Greene township. His birth occurred in Licking county, Ohio, April 5, 1831, his parents being Ephraim and Eve Patterson. The father was born in Virginia in 1810 and passed away in Johnson county, Iowa, in 1866, while the mother was born in Pennsylvania. In their family were six children: Clarissa, who was born in Ohio in 1828 and became the wife of Phil Shaver; Adam, of this review; Jacob, who was born in Ohio in 1833; John, who was born in Ohio in 1835; Smiley, who was born in Ohio in 1837 and now lives in Chico, California; and Bruce, also a native of Ohio, now living in Johnson county, Iowa.

Adam Patterson, who spent the greater part of his boyhood and youth in his native state, accompanied his parents on their removal to Johnson county, Iowa. It was a wild frontier region and his father entered one thousand acres of prairie land and three hundred and forty acres of timber land, paying for the greater part of it only ninety cents per acre. His was the first house built on the prairie in Johnson county and the family experienced all of the hardships and privations of frontier life. The old homestead, a frame residence built of native sawed lumber and containing eight rooms, was destroyed by fire in 1885. Adam Patterson became an active assistant of his father in the development of the Iowa property. He was married to Miss Almena Shaff, a daughter of James and Eliza Shaff. Her father was a native of New Jersey, whence he removed to Canada and there met and married his wife, who was born in the Dominion. All through his active life Adam Patterson followed the occupation of farming. He became a resident of Iowa county and for some time was actively identified with agricultural pursuits here. He is now living at the home of his son, Ephraim, in the enjoyment of a well earned rest.

To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were born nine children: Jacob, who was born in Johnson county in 1852 and now lives in Colorado; Ephraim, who was born in the same county, December 25, 1854, and resides on the home farm; Clarissa, who was born in Johnson county in 1857 and is the wife of S. C. Palmer, also of Johnson county; James, who was born in 1859 and is now living in California; George, who was born in 1862 and lives in Iowa county; William, who was born in 1868 and is also a resident of this county; Swithen, who was born in 1870 and makes his home in South Dakota; Samuel, who was born in 1872 and died in 1910; and Albert, who was born in 1875 and is now living in California.

Mr. Patterson has long given his political allegiance to the democratic party and has ever endeavored to square his life by the standards of the Methodist church, of which he has long been a consistent and faithful member.

Ephraim Patterson, with whom the father resides, attended the academy at Iowa City and lived with his grandparents until his marriage. He has traveled quite extensively over the United States, thus gaining accurate and intimate knowledge of his country, and through travel, as well as school training, and in the school of experience, he has learned many valuable lessons.

On the 29th of March, 1877, Ephraim Patterson was married to Miss Augusta Hammer, of Johnson county, Iowa, who was born at West Point, New York, April 3, 1857, and died March 30, 1914. She was a daughter of John and Catharine (Drumm) Hammer, in whose family were six children: Maggie, who was born in 1855 and is the wife of J. J. Oldaker; Augusta; Jacob, who was born in 1861 and now lives in Iowa City; Charles, who was born in 1863 and is a resident of Johnson county, Iowa; William U., who was born in 1866 and makes his home in Atlantic, Iowa; and Catharine, who was born in 1868 and died in 1897. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Patterson. Clara, who was born October 19, 1878, is the wife of T. W. Zillmer and their children are: Jay M., born August 20, 1907; William J., March 30, 1909; and Theodore W., March 20, 1914. Jennie M. Patterson, the second daughter of Ephraim Patterson, was born September 27, 1882, and is the wife of Charles Webster, by whom she has three children: Frank E., born December 8, 1900; Sylvia P., December 19, 1901; and Edna M., January 25, 1910. Bruce J. Patterson, born January 17, 1887, is married and has three children: Leona G., born October 6, 1907; Gladys S., who was born on the loth of July, 1909; and Lyle E., whose birth occurred on the 7th of October, 1914. Irvin Patterson, born December 14, 1894, died December 2, 1909.

Fraternally Ephraim Patterson is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Lodge No. 603 at Green Valley, Iowa; and to the Rebekahs, also of Green Valley. His political allegiance is given the democratic party and his religious faith is that of the Methodist church. He has many attractive qualities, progressiveness in business, thorough reliability and unfaltering enterprise. He stands for those things which are most of worth in citizenship and in private life is found to be a social, genial gentleman, at all times cordial and agreeable. He and his father well deserve mention in this volume and high respect is accorded Adam Patterson in recognition of a well spent life of eighty four years.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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