|Cherokee County Biographies
W. J. PATTON, has been identified with the interests of Cherokee County since the year 1883. He was born in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1855, and is a son of Andrew and Barbara (Morrison) Patton, both natives of Ireland, born in the year 1825. When W. J. was ten years of age his parents removed to Will County, Illinois, and located on a farm. There he passed his youth, and remained under the parental roof until 1883, when, as before stated, he came to Cherokee County. He bought a farm in Sheridan Township, and devoted his time and efforts to the improvement of the same. He has a comfortable residence and has erected substantial buildings for the care and protection of live-stock and grain.
Mr. Patton was married March 1, 1883, to Miss Clara M. Crawford, a daughter of Rev. Ralph and Nancy E. (Coates) Crawford; she was born October 5, 1862, in Will County, Illinois, and was reared in the county of her birth. She received her education in the common schools and in the Onarga Seminary. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Patton: Leslie L., Arthur C., Ralph;h A. Mr. Patton is a Republican, and is a stanch supporter of the issues of that party. He served as township assessor from 1886 to 1888, giving general satisfaction in his management of the office. He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and have the respect and confidence of the community in which they dwell.Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889
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