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The History of the City of Dayton
The Montgomery County, Ohio.

by Rev. A. W. Drury

Jefferson Patterson

F. J. Patterson

John H. Patterson


 (approx. 16 pages)

Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 916

Robert C. Patterson
  ROBERT C. PATTERSON.  The attractiveness of Montgomery county as a place of residence is indicated in the fact that many of its native sons have remained within its borders to take advantage of its business opportunities, thinking them equal of not superior to those which could be obtained in other sections of the country.  In this relation Mr. Patterson is known.  He was born on a farm in Jefferson township, May 9, 1873, and has for some years figured as a rising attorney of Dayton, his growing power enabling him to command a constantly increasing clientage.  His father, William J. Patterson, was a native of Ireland, born in 1831, and in 1850, when nineteen years of age, he came to America, establishing his home in Montgomery county, Ohio, where he engaged in teaching school and in following other pursuits.  He defended the interests of his country in the Civil war by one hundred days' service as a member of Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-first Ohio Regiment of National Guards, acting as sergeant of the company.  Our subject's mother, who bore the maiden name of Anna Ford, came to America from Ireland when very young.
     Reared on the home farm to the age of eighteen years, Robert C. Patterson during that period attended the district schools, while later he had the benfit of instruction of the Steele high school of Dayton, from which he was graduated with the class of 1895.  Two years later he completed a course in the Cincinnati Law School and the same year was admitted to practice at the Ohio bar, at which time he opened up an office in Dayton in partnership with J. C. Patterson and Barry S. Murphy.  Later the two Pattersons formed a partnership, which continued until the death of J. C. Patterson, Mar. 21, 1905, since which time Robert C. Patterson has remained alone in the practice of law, working earnestly and diligently to achieve that success which is the goal for which ambition is continually striving.  Earnest effort, close application and careful study of his cases so as to determine the relative value of each point and to give due emphasis to the prominent point upon which the decision of every case finally turns, are the strong elements in his success.
     On the 9th of October, 1906, Mr. Patterson was married in Dayton to Miss Katharine M. Ryan, a daughter of John Ryan, at one time marshal of Dayton, now deceased.  Mr. Patterson
is a well known member of the Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges and is an interested member of the First Presbyterian church.  At this writing he is assistant prosecuting attorney of his county.  His sympathies are always on the side of progress and improvement and in as far as his professional labors permit he cooperates in public movements for the general good.
Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 733

Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 31

  EDWARD PHILIPPS.  The men who have filled the public positions in Dayton have on the whole been competent, efficient and reliable and the record of Edward Philipps as auditor of the city is one which reflects credit upon his constituents.  As he has widely and favorably known here his history cannot help but prove of interest to many of the readers of this volume.  He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov 30, 1854, a son of Jacob Philipps, who died in Cincinnati in 1877 at the age of fifty-nine years.  He was a native of Germany and for more than twenty years was connected with the Cincinnati fire department.
     While spending his youthful days in his parents' home Edward Philipps enjoyed the benefit of instruction in the public schools, spending one year as a pupil in the Woodward high school.  He continued in his native city until nineteen years of age and in 1874 came to Dayton, since which time he has resided here, entering business circles as an employe at the Buckeye Brass Works.  There his diligence and perseverance enabled him to work his way upward until he was made general foreman of the brass department, remaining in that establishment for twenty-six years as one of its most trusted, capable and faithful representatives.  In May, 1899, he was called to public office through appointment as deputy by Sheriff William C. Kershner.  He filled that position for three yeas and eight months and in 1903 he made the race for auditor and was elected by the largest majority of any one chosen on the republican ticket, a fact which is indicative of his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen.  At the time of his election the term covered three years but a change in the election law extended the term for eighteen months and in the fall of 1907 he was reelected for two years so that he continues as the incumbent, his record being most satisfactory.  The business of the office is conducted in a systematic, methodical manner, absolute accuracy being maintained in all departments and over his official career, therefore, there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil.
     In 1879, in Dayton Mr. Philipps was married to Miss Elizabeth C. Ostendorf, and they have three children, namely: Edward C., Louis R., and Ada A. B.  The family attend the German Lutheran church, of which Mr. Philipps is a member and he also belongs to the National Union and to the Masonic lodge.  In politics he has always been an ardent republican and his position on any vital question is never an equivocal one for the stands fearlessly in support of what he believes to be right.
Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 635
  DICK R. PICKERING may aptly be termed a man of purpose and the story of his life is the story of honest industry and thrift.  something of his ability is indicated in the fact that he is now secretary of the W. P. Callahan Company, manufacturers of hydraulic oil machinery and gas and gasoline engines in Dayton.  He was born in Greenville, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1874, and was there reared to the age of eighteen years, entering the public schools at the usual age and passing through consecutive grades until he entered upon the final step in his educational preparation in a course in the Miami Commercial College at Dayton.  His youthful days were passed in the home of his father, Moses Pickering, who was born in Greenville, Ohio, in 1836 and there spent his entire life, passing away in his native city in 1886.  He had married Deborah Clark and they were the parents of five sons, all of whom are still living as is the mother.
     Dick R. Pickering is the youngest of the family and when he had completed his training for the business world he entered the employ of the W. P. Callahan Company as bookkeeper.  His course in this connection won the favorable attention of those in authority and gained him promotion in 1907 in his election to the office of secretary and treasurer.  He is a young man of marked ability, forceful and resourceful and the mere fact of his being secretary and treasurer of the W. P. Callahan Company, at the head of which is Thomas DeArmond, a prominent banker and one of Dayton's keenest sighted business men, is the best testimony of his worth and ability.
     In 1899 Mr. Pickering was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Miss Josephine Cassel and they are well known in the social circles of the city.  Mr. Pickering belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity and his political allegiance is given to the republican party.
Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 42

Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 34




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