Biography of Joseph Patterson
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Joseph Patterson, president of the First National Bank at Ashland, Ohio, and one of the prominent citizens and substantial business men in Richiand County, was born at Savannah, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1843. He is a son of John and Christian (Lawson) Patterson, natives of Scotland.

John Patterson came to the United States in 1835 and settled at Newburg, N. Y., where he worked at the wagonmaker's trade. Two years later he came to Ohio and settled near Savannah, where he engaged in general farming until he retired in 1886. He died Jan. 8, 1892, and his wife died May 4, 1909. They are buried at Clear Creek Township Cemetery, Savannah, Ohio. Mr. Patterson was a Republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and an ardent worker for the abolition of slavery. To Mr. and Mrs. John Patterson ten children were born: 1. Joseph, the subject of this sketch. 2. Annie, died June 14, 1853, aged eight years. 3. Dr. John Deans Patterson, died Jan. 12, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo. 4. James Lawson, who was head master at Chestnut Hill Academy for 26 years until he retired in 1926, resides at Burlington, N. J., on a farm. 5. Margaret, died Sept. 13, 1916. 6. Alexander, lives at Butte, Mont. He was for 40 years secretary and treasurer of Murray Hospital. 7. Henry Martin, died at Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 20, 1928. 8. Mary, died Sept. 29, 1861, aged three years. 9. Charles Thompson, died Aug. 10, 1915, at New Orleans, La. 10. Jennie Millard Patterson, lives at Los Angeles.

Joseph Patterson was reared on his father's farm. He attended the rural schools and Savannah Academy, and began his business career as a messenger boy and clerk in the Luther Crall & Company Bank. This was on March 20, 1861. In January, 1864, the bank was reorganized and became the First National Bank. It was located on West Main Street, the present site of the Kresge store. In 1874 the bank moved into its present quarters at 2 West Main Street. Mr. Patterson qualified for every position of responsibility with this financial organization. On Jan. 18, 1870, he was elected cashier; in January, 1914, was elected vice president, and on Jan. 8, 1924, was made president. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Patterson married, Oct. 14, 1886, Miss Emma Kellogg, of Ashland, the daughter of Sage and Sarah A. (Burgett) Kellogg. Mr. Kellogg died Jan. 2, 1867. His wife, a native of Richiand County, died Sept. 1, 1872. They are buried at Ashland.

Mr. Patterson is a Republican. He is affiliated with Ashland Lodge, No. 151, F. and A. M.; Ashland Chapter, No. 67; a member of the Colonial Club, the Rotary Club, and Ashland Country Club. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a trustee for 30 years.

Fishing is Mr. Patterson's hobby, and for the past seventeen years he has spent his vacations at Squirrel Inn in the Catskills where he pursues his favorite sport.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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