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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
(Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), pp. 309-10.


"J. L. PATTERSON, farmer, section 19, Benton Township, was born in Richland County, Ohio, July 20, 1849, son of William and Ann (Lawson) Patterson. He was the youngest of three children. He was reared on the farm, and his early education was obtained in the common schools. Later he attended school at Oberlin. He was married April 13, 1876, to Miss Rowena Huffman, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ann (Ferrell) Huffman. He resided in Richland County until 1877, and that year was spent in Colorado. In the spring of 1878 he came to Ringgold County, and purchased a farm in Benton Township of Henry C. Young. The farm contains 178 acres of land, mostly rich bottom land, on the west fork of Grand River. It is well cultivated and well improved. He has a comfortable house, good out-buildings for stock and grain, a good orchard, and everything about the place shows thrift and enterprise. He is located one and a half miles northwest of Delphos. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have two children Floyd, born September 2, 1879, and Zella born October 10, 1881. Politically Mr. Patterson is a Republican. He has been a member of the Board Central Committeemen for Benton Township four years. He takes an active interest in any enterprise that will benefit the community, and is recognized as one of the leading men of the county. Post-office, Delphos"

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