Clay C. Patty
PATTY, GREELEE, BALLARD
Posted By: Cyndi Vertrees
Date: 9/15/2008 at 22:15:18
CLAY C. PATTY (b. 1866), druggist, Fonda, is a native of Benton county, Iowa. the son of Joseph M. and Rachel J. (Greelee) Patty, who located at Carroll during his childhood. Here he grew to manhood and secured a good education. In 1888, after attending the Illinois school of Pharmacy at Chicago, he engaged in the drug business at Charter Oak. Coming to Fonda in 1893, he established a drug store, and, though its location was changed several times, he has now one of the finest rooms in the town, the first floor of the brick building built by Roberts, Kenning and Wood on the southwest corner of Second and Main streets, in 1901. In addition to the usual stock of drugs, stationery, school books, soda fountain, etc., he keeps a news stand and a wholesale ice cream establishment.
During recent years he has attained the reputation of making the best ice cream, not merely in the town, but in this section of the state. In order to supply the large demand for the smooth and velvety ice cream that he makes, he has provided facilities for its manufacture, that are a credit to the town. They include, among other things, a pasteurizer, a cream separator, a mammoth freezer, and a steam engine. He can easily make one or more hundred gallons of ice cream in a day. During the seasons of 1902 and 1903, the milk of 100 cows was received daily, and the product, which is called "Velvet Ice Cream" was shipped to most of the towns along the Illinois Central and Milwaukee railroads within fifty miles of Fonda.
In 1894, he married Ginevra Ballard of Odebolt, and has one son, Frank.
Dr. Louis G. Patty, his brother, after a residence of five years at Fonda, during which he was engaged in the practice of medicine, in 1898, returned to Carroll. Frank L., a younger brother, after assisting him two years in the drug store, died at 20 at Carroll in 1898.
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