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Patterson has a fashionable barbershop, once a week.


S. Kegg had a shoe shop in Patterson, then left for some reason, and returned around 1879.

Charles Brumm operated a grist mill. John Funk may have started a tile factory. W.H. Seymour operated a packing house. J.B. Worley operated a granary and wagon shed. There was a post office.

Marshal & Seiford operated a grist mill which they rented.

J.J. Houser, Miss Belle Nelson, and Miss Jessie Brasheares were hired to teach at Patterson.


Dick Smalley and Cummins Calver, Jr. moved their restaurant from Marselles to Patterson in November, 1890.

McVitty & Doll ran the quarry south of Patterson. In 1891 F.S. Barrett was employed by them as quarry boss.

Guessing the correct number of seeds in the 59 pound squash on exhibition at the Haner & Co. Grocery in Patterson got the correct guesser a five dollar rug.

The Jackson Bros. purchase the Horton Hardware stock in January, 1892. To that stock they added their already large stock of merchandise.

John Heacock moved from Dunkirk back to Patterson in April, 1891. At the same time Eva Dyer was sick, Hattie M. Morris assisted Prof. Weeden at his concert in Wharton, J.D Dugan was a plow agent for Jim Fisher, and Dave Swartz was built a new blacksmith shop on the Omer Baker lot. E. Horton died November 29, 1891 in Patterson. He had been engaged in the hardware business. In 1892 the Horton Hardware store in Patterson was broken into and $20 worth of good stolen.


Jones Homestead  

Thomas Jones, the man in the middle of the Jones Homestead photograph. He and his wife, Alice (sitting in rocker) lived in this house west of Patterson in Jackson Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. Thomas was born in April, 1862, Alice in February, 1864. They had one son and daughter, Leo & Marie, by June 15, 1900. Leo, on the right in the foreground, was born in December, 1891, Marie, on his right, was born in April, 1895.

Thomas had a brother, Robert (b. Sep 1864) who might be the individual to his left in the photograph. Everyone was born in Ohio. The name of the dog is unknown.

This home stood on Route 81, west of Patterson Village in Hardin county. The owners were Carl McKinley (b. 1894), his wife Marie (b. 1895) and their son Lowell (b. 1915), all born in Ohio.Carl was a general farmer.

When the township of Jackson voted to go dry in November, 1904 some of the citizens of Patterson couldn't reconcile the results of the "Dry" vote. At the time there was a Corwin saloon in Patterson. Nearing the end of the saloon stock some citizens feared the horror of not being able to find a drink and circulated a petition calling for a vote with the hope of creating "an open door for the more or less cheering cup." It failed for lack of signatures.

J.C. White was a jeweler and watch maker. He was engaged in the jewelry business in Forest, but decided to remove to Patterson in 1906.

G.W. Smith was a Real Estate dealer in Patterson in 1909. He also sold fire and life insurance and handled deeds and conveyances.

K.O. Ickes—Patterson, O.
The fire was discovered by Mrs. Albert Opp. who lived just behind the store. Groceries, drygoods and hardware were consumed along with a light delivery truck.  


The K.O. Ickes general store had $10,000 in damages when it was destroyed by a fire on November.

Dode Johnson, the barber in Patterson, died when he fell 20 feet from a railroad bridge. In the fall he broke his back. He suffered from lameness which was believed to have caused the fall.

M.E. Church Dedication


The Patterson Methodist Episcopal church was turned over to the congregation on February 21, 1921, after a cost of $16,550. There was a large crowd in attendance at the dedication. The newspaper article mentions F.H. Lue, Lizzie H. Dickelman, K.O. Ickes, W.A. McNut, James A. Grafmiller, L.E. Liles, S.Z. Baker, and Earl Dome. They had been without a church for over two years, . . . since the old church was distroyed [sic] by lightning and fire, August 31, 1918.

In 1921 Patterson M.E. Church (was) Formerly Turned Over to the Congregation after raising $9,300. Dr. Albert E. Smith, President of Ohio Northern University conducted the dedication services.

Contributers were:

  • F.H. Lue - $1,035.50
  • Ladies Aid - $1,000
  • Lizzie H. Dickelman - $500
  • K.O. Ickes - $500
  • W.A. McNut - $500
  • Forest Citizens - $363.55
  • James A. Grafmiller - $316
  • L.E. Liles - $300
  • S.Z. Baker - $300
  • Young Peoples S.S. Class - $200
  • Earl Dome - $150
  • 17 individual contributions - $100 each
  • 22 individual contributions - $50 each
  • 30 individual contributions - $25 each
  • 6 individual contributions - $15 each
  • 14 individual contributions - $5 each
  • Minor subscriptions - $140 total

Old time watch meeting will be held at the Patterson M.E. church December 31, 1909. First watch beginning at 9 o'clock. Come early register and receive souvenir. Interesting program prepared. Old time songs a speciality. Young & old cordially invited. Come and exchange greetings & make a silver offering to begin the New Year.

McKinley Homestead


Families living near them in 1930 were: Sammy Webb, William & Claudine Wagner, Pearl & Grace Jolliff, Frank & Elizabeth McKinley, Aaron & Elizabeth McKinley, Joseph & Beth McKinlye, Francis Webb, Eugene & Laura Grafmiller, James Grafmiller, Matthew & Hazel Grafmiller, Justin & Oakie Farmer, Riley & Elezen Riley, Simon & Nellie Burdette, Will & Lila Humphrey, Bruce & Opal Philipps, James & Coral Miller, Henry & Ella Spearman, Sal & Effie Packer, Elmer & Cora Hankins, James & Elizabeth Newsom, John Renfree, William & Alice Waller, Loren & Rush McMaster, William & Cora McVitty, Phoebe Staley, Caroll & Helen McVitty, and Harley Southward. Carl died in Hardin Co. February 2, 1971.

The Nelson Grocery was operating in 1936.

Patterson employed a traffic cop in 1938 to see that automobile drivers on State Route 53 stopped their cars before crossing Patterson's main thoroughfare. An electric street light was also put up so motorists could read the stop signs and see the rays of light reflect on the badges of the cops after dark. Motorists who failed to heed the stop signs were fined from $1 to $3 and admonished.