Tuesday, February 16, 2010

John Tweed Patton

John Tweed Patton was born February 16, 1852 at Cherry Fork, Adams County Ohio. He was Larry's Great Grandfather.

John Tweed Patton immigrated to the vacinity of Wellsville, KS in 1877, where he was a farmer. In 1911 he retired from farming and moved into the city of Wellsville where he was a practicing veterinarian for many years until failing health caused hime to give up his practice.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.


John Tweed Patton died following a long illness. Born in Adams County, Ohio, he came to Kansas in 1877 and had lived here since.

As announced in last week’s Globe the death of J. T. Patton occurred last Thursday afternoon at his home on Main Street. Mr. Patton had been in failing health for several years and his death was not unexpected since his condition has been considered critical for some weeks. He was past 90 years of ago.

Funeral services were held at the Coughlin chapel Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The Rev. J. M. Torrence had charge of the services.

Mrs. Emma Hilton sang “In The Garden” and “City Four Square.” Mrs. E. P. Barnett was at the organ. Pall bearers were lba Ellenwood, E. W. Colegrove, Lou Lytle, Furman Thorn, Lou Cayot and Joe Hughs. Interment was in the Wellsville cemetery.

Relatives who came to Wellsville for the funeral services: Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Essex, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Erakine and Marcella, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Erskine, Edgerton; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wasson and Kay, Olivet, Kans.

John Tweed Patton, son of John Elden and Sarah Patton, was born February 16, 1852, at Cherry Fork, Adams County, Ohio. His death occurred at his home in Wellsville, Kans., March 12, 1942. He had attained the age of 90 years and 24 days.

He came to Kansas in 1877.

On February 17, 1885 he was united in marriage to Elnora Jane Wasson. They were privileged to live together for 57 years. To this union two sons were born. J. Carl Patton, of Wellsville, and James Elvas Patton, of McLouth, Kans. His widow and two sons survive. Other immediate surviving relatives are a brother Robert E. Patton of Exeter, Calif., and eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Early in life he became a Christian and united with the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Patton resided on a farm for many years, until 1911, when he retired from active farm life and made his home in Wellsville. He was a veterinarian, and until his health became such that he could no longer answer calls, attended to his practice.

The Old Timers knew him best as “Tweed”, and rarely was he addressed by any other name. He took as active interest in affairs of the community and enjoyed especially discussions of political nature. He was a Republican as were most of the others who came here from Adams county.

For many, many years he traveled the county in his one-horse cart attending to the livestock demands of farmers in a large territory. He probably was as well known and highly respected in this community as any of those whose early life was spent in eastern Kansas.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friedrick Tolle

Today, February 12th is the anniversary of the death of Friedrick Tolle. Friedrick is Larry's Great Great Grandfather. He was born September 18, 1838 in Kries Helderheims, Hannover, Germany and died at Alma, Kansas. He was married to Engel Dreiling.

Their daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tolle. She married August Z. Buchmeier June 9, 1892 at Wells Creek Kansas. They were Larry's mothers Grandparents.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Francis Marion Park

Today, Feb 2 is the anniversary of Francis Marion Park's death. He dies in 1922 at White Cloud, Doniphan County, Kansas.

Francis Marion Park, my Great Great Grandfather was born July 22, 1850 at Swanson Township, Warren County, Illinois. He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Crane on September 8, 1875 at Walnut Grove, McDonough County Illinois. They had eight children, including their oldest, Francis Edward Park, born July 31, 1876 who was my Great Grandfather.

Francis Marion Park and his family lived at Walnut Grove, McDonough Co, Illinois until 1885. They purchased a covered wagon and equipment and moved with their five children to Kansas traveling through Iowa and Nebraska. They arrived in Republic Co. Kansas on November 27, 1885. They established a home about two miles south of the Kansas/Nebraska border near the Republican River. They then moved to Phillips Co. hear Phillipsburg in 1887 and then to Prairie View, Phillips Co, Kansas in March 1892. They lived in sod houses during this time.

After enduring prairie fires, grasshopper and drought they decided to move back to Illinois. On their way they passed through White Cloud, Doniphan Co, Kansas arriving in January 1895. They found they were unable to cross the Missouri River because the ferry had been taken out of the water due to floating ice. There were no vacant houses so the city of White Cloud gave them permission to live in the jail. By spring the family had made friends and decided to make White Cloud their home. Francis Marion rented a farm west of White Cloud.

Francis Marion was disabled in later years. He was missing part of his left hand, lost in an farming accident. He had broken his leg and it wasn’t set correctly leaving him unable to work. Lola Turner recalls that his farm equipment was sold following the accident. She says a hay fork rope broke throwing him to the ground breaking his leg and some ribs.

After Margaret died in 1918 he moved in with his daughter Ada Taylor and family. Herman “Mike” Taylor, Ada's son, remembers his Grandpa as his buddy.

Lola Turner say Francis Marion was known as an honest, hard working man, respected by all who knew him.


Francis Marion Park was born in Warren County, Illinois, July 22, 1850 and departed this life February 2, 1922 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Peter Taylor 2 miles south of White Cloud at the ripe age of 71 years 6 months and 31 days.

The deceased was married to Miss Margaret E. Crane on September 8, 1875 in MacDonough County, Ill. To this union were born 8 children. Mrs. Park proceeded her husband across the Great Divide having passed away May 31, 1918.

He united with the Baptist Church when quite young and moved to Republic County, Kansas in 1885, where he resided for 2 years and then moved to Phillips County. From there he moved to White Cloud in 1894. He united with the Christian Church here during the revival meeting held by Rev. Nance.

Francis Park was one of ten children, seven of whom survive him, five sisters and two brothers. His eight children are as follows: Edward and Lawrence Park and Mrs. Edward Taylor and Mrs. Peter Taylor all of White Cloud, Thornton Park of Bilow, Mo., Lewis Park of Manhattan, Montana, Alex Park of Abilene, Kansas and Mrs. Francis Porter of Lawrence, Kans.