Amzi G. Patterson, deceased, was for many years an active factor in the development of southern Kansas. He was a native of Ohio, born in Athens county, April 6, 1836, a son of John and Octavia (McFarland) Patterson, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Massachusetts. Amzi G. Patterson was reared on a farm, and received his educational discipline in the public schools of Ohio, and at the age of twenty-one, engaged in the retail mercantile business at New Marshfield, Ohio, which he continued for twelve years, and then embarked in the wholesale boot and shoe business at Chillicothe, Ohio, in which he was successful and accumulated considerable capital. In 1880, he came to Kansas and bought 620 acres of unimproved land in Harper county which he improved, and here conducted a cattle ranch several years, raising blooded cattle on an extensive scale. He retired from active business in 1890, and resided in Harper until his death, September 14, 1904. He was a Republican, and took an active part in political affairs. He served four years as post master of Harper. He was public spirited, and took an active interest in the welfare of his town and county. His fraternal affiliations were with the Masonic lodge, and he was a member of the Presbyterian church. He was a conscientious man in all his dealings, and lived an exemplary Christian life. Mr. Patterson was united in marriage December 10, 1857, at New Marshfield, Ohio, to Miss Jane Jeanette Burt, a native of Cortland county, New York, born October 8, 1840. Her parents were Hiram and Harriet (Thomas) Burt, the former a native of New York, and latter of Massachusetts. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were born nine children: Frederick, born September 23, 1858, died at the age of nine months; Herbert Edmund, born May 5, 1860, was educated in the public schools of Chillicothe, Ohio, graduating from the high school. He came to Harper in 1879 and opened one of the first dry goods stores in the town, which he conducted successfully for a number of years. He was active in Republican politics of the State, and in 1887 was elected county clerk of Harper county, serving four years. He waas[sic] thoroughly qualified for this position, and his administration of the office was very satisfactory. On account of his skill and ability, as an expert accountant, he was frequently employed by the State to audit the books in different departments of the capital at Topeka, and for several years acted as a professional public accountant. In 1912 he located at San Benito, Texas, where he now owns and conducts a large vegetable farm. He has been twice married, first to Miss Ettie Jolly, now deceased. To this union, were born three children: Herbert, Paul and Hazel. He married for his second wife, Miss Besse Cowick, and they have one child, Dorothy. Frank Albert Patterson was born May 30, 1862, married Elvira Long, and they have one child, Jeanette. Cora and Armenia Patterson, died in infancy; Leonard Patterson, born September 23, 1868, died in 1873; Hattie Patterson, born December 6, 1870, died August 20, 1871; Lee Cally Patterson, born December 8, 1879, is a printer, and resides at Corpus Christi, Texas, has been twice married, his first wife being Nina A. Clark, who died March 4, 1910, leaving three children: Helen, born August 28, 1899; Marjorie, born December 28, 1901, and Clark, born June 10, 1908. On September 18, 1912, Lee C. Patterson married Miss Gladys Bishop. The youngest child of Amzi G. Patterson is Harold Amzi, born December 1, 1882. He married Miss Nellie Litzel in 1902, and they have two children, Gerald and Doris. The Patterson family are prominent in Harper county, and are well and favorably known throughout that section of the State.Pages 153-154 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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