Biography of Martin V. Patterson
Indiana County, PA Biographies

MARTIN V. PATTERSON, junior mem ber of the Saltsburg Flouring-mill company and a man of wide and successful experience in the oil fields and lumbering business of western Pennsylvania, was born in Franklin township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1839, and is a son of Martin and Anna (Kidd) Patterson. Martin Patterson was a native of county Down, Ireland, and settled in Westmoreland county, where he died in 1865, aged sixty nine years. He was engaged extensively in farming, was a member of the Presbyterian church, and in political matters, after he caine to the United States, was identified with the Democratic party until his death. Ere he sailed for America he married Anna Kidd, of his native county, who was a presbyterian in religious faith and who died in 1874, aged seventy seven years. They were a highly respected couple in the community in which they resided and by all who knew them. They reared a family of five sons and five daughters.

Martin V. Patterson was reared on the farm and attended the public schools of his native township. In 1861 he commenced life for himself as an oil-well driller, but soon became a contractor, and as such was actively engaged, until 1870, in the different oil fields of western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia. In the last named year he embarked in western Pennsylvania in the lumber business, which he continued in up to 1881, when he came to Saltsburg, where he engaged in the flouring mill business, which he has followed with good success until the present time. In 1885 he formed a business partnership with John Hershey, and they purchased the Saltsburg Flouring-mill which they have operated successfully until the present tithe. They. have a large trade and manufacture high and fancy grades of roller flour which they export to some extent beyond supplying the home demand for the same. Mr. Patterson is a member of Saltsburg Presbyterian church, Williamson Lodge, No. 431. Free & Accepted Masons; Local Branch, No. 141, Order of the Iron Hall; Kiskiminetas Castle, No. 223, Knights of the Golden Eagle; Saltsburg Commandery, No. 22, K. G. E.; Saltsburg Council, No. 381, Royal Arcanum; Loyal Lodge, No. 165, Knights of Honor; and Diamond Council, No. 248, Jr. Order of United American Mechanics. In polities he is a democrat, has served one term as burgess and was a member of the school board for six years, besides serving, for some time, in the town council. Martin V. Patterson is a man of good judgment and business ability, as is attested by the marked success that has atte tided his different enterprises. He is thorough going in business, but pleasant and agreeable in manner, and is one of Saltsburg's substantial and progressive citizens.

June 15, 1876, he united in marriage with Annie L. Watt, daughter of Hon. Isaac Watt, of Homer City, who served one term as associate judge of the courts of Indiana county. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have been born two children: Harry C. and Grace R.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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