Biography of George B. Patterson
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

George B. Patterson is a substantial citizen of Wellsville and a member of a well known pioneer family of Columbiana County. He was born at East Liverpool, Nov. 13, 1875, and is the son of John and Winifred (Robbins) Patterson.

John Patterson, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in England and when a young man settled in Boston, Mass., later removing to Trenton, N. J. Many years ago he came to Columbiana County, and engaged in the pottery business at East Liverpool. In 1885 he removed to Wellsville, where he specialized in the manufacture of Rockingham and yellow ware, conducting the first pottery in this section. He retired from active business in 1905 and died in 1914 His wife, a native of Ireland, died in 1911. Mr. Patterson served with a New Jersey outfit during the Civil War and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were born 12 children, as follows: Elizabeth, died in infancy; Jefferson, lives retired in Cleveland; J. W., lives retired in Wellsville; Alice, married James Welch, lives in Wellsville; Thomas, connected with the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company, Wellsville; Winifred, married Timothy Murphy, who died in 1925, and she lives at Wellsville; Rose, the widow of C. J. Wolfing, lives at Wellsville; Peter, lives in Detroit, Mich.; George B., the subject of this sketch; James, lives in Wellsville; Anna, twin sister of James, died at the age of four years; and Henry O., conducts the Central Hotel in Wellsville.

George B. Patterson engaged in the pottery business with his father at an early date after completing his schooling in the public schools of Wellsville. In 1909 he began his present business as state highway contractor, and has had charge of the building of many fine roads throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.

On June 28, 1898, Mr. Patterson was united in marriage with Miss Ida Kraus, who was born at Ravenna, Ohio, July 30, 1877, the daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Kline) Kraus, natives of Germany and Ohio, respectively, and both now deceased. Mr. Kraus died Nov. 29, 1908, and his wife died Feb. 19, 1912. He was a Civil War veteran and a successful business man of Wellsville during his life. Three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kraus: Mary, marriedO. O. Perch, lives at Wellsville; Elizabeth, married C. P. Horrigan, lives at Chester, W. Va.; and Mrs. Patterson. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have been born three children: Gertrude Marie, born April 6, 1900, a teacher in Wellsville High School; Cletus, born March 8, 1902, proprietor of the Central Hotel, lives with his parents at Wellsville; and Erla, born April 21, 1904, was graduated from Ohio University on June 8, 1925.

Mr. Patterson is identified with the Republican party, is a member of the Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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