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Clifton Elwood Patterson


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 6/21/2006 at 07:42:13

Clifton Elwood Patterson, M.D., who is engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Sumner, Iowa, was born on a farm in Clayton county, this State, September 26, 1867, and is a son of Samuel and Phoebe (Rider) Patterson. The former was born near Sandusky, Ohio, being the son of John Patterson, of Irish extraction. When a child he accompanied his parents on their removal to Clayton county, the family locating on a farm. After attending the public schools of the neighborhood, he entered the Upper Iowa University, and when his collegiate course was completed he conducted a hotel in Elgin, Iowa. During the Civil war he was drafted and became a private of the Seventeenth Iowa Infantry, which was attached to Sherman's command, and went on the memorable march to the sea, participating in the battles and skirmishes of that campaign. Mr. Patterson was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, and now receives a pension of $12 per month. After his return from the war he attended school for another year. On the 11th of August, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Rider, a native of North Norwich, Chenango county, New York, and then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, which for eight years he followed in Clayton county, upon a farm of 160 acres given him by his father. On selling this property he conducted a hotel in Elgin for two years, and then again sold out and purchased a farm of 240 acres, which he yet owns. He is now, however, living retired, and makes his home in Fayette, enjoying a well earned rest and the fruits of his former toil.

To Mr. Patterson and his wife were born three children: the Doctor; Ina E., who was graduated from the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, in 1895, and is now teaching school in Fayette county; and Jessie L., who is a student in the Upper Iowa University. The father is a stalwart Republican, and although he served as Justice of the Peace for one term he has never been an office-seeker. His life has been a quiet one, yet success has crowned his well directed and capable efforts, so that he is now the possessor of a comfortable competence. His wife is a most estimable lady, kindly in manner, and devoted to the welfare of her husband and children.

Dr. Patterson, of this review, attended the public schools of Fayette county, and then entered the Upper Iowa University, at Fayette, at which institution he was graduated in the class of 1889 with the degree of Ph. B. Determining to become a member of the medical profession, he then entered the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital at Chicago, Illinois, and was graduated in 1893. He began practice in West Union, Iowa, where he remained for six months as a partner of Alvaro Zoller, his former preceptor. He then came to Sumner, in August, 1893, and has since followed his chosen calling. He has a lucrative practive, which from the beginning has steadily increased, and he is one of the most popular as well as one of the leading young physicians of the county. He is quick to act and think, and is a man of sound judgment and clear foresight.

On the 22d of May, 1894, was consummated the marriage of Dr. Patterson and Miss Lena Hoyer, a native of West Union, Iowa, born in 1876, and a daughter of Charles and Sarah Hoyer. She is the fourth in order of birth in a family of five children, and is a most cultured lady, with superior education. She attended the Western University, of Toledo, Iowa, pursued a thorough course in music, and is a splendid performer on the piano. Five children grace the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyer, of whom Mrs. Patterson is the fouth in order of birth, the others being Anna, Jerry, Noah and Edward.

The Doctor is a Democrat in his political connection. Mrs. Patterson holds membership in the United Brethren Church. Both are widely known and have a wide circle of warm friends.

-source: A Memorial and biographical record of Iowa; Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1896; pg. 692-693

-transcribed for Clayton co. IAGenWeb by S. Ferrall


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