Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday – November 29, 2016 – Grover Cleveland Patten

Grove C Patten was born on May 27, 1888 in Wells County, Indiana. He is the son of Martin Patten and Flora Bishop Wert. In the 1900 Federal Census, Grove is living at home with his parents, Martin and Flora and his Grandfather, David Patten. In the 1910 Federal Census, Grove is living with his parents and a step brother, Chester Wert.

Splinter School - 1895 Grover Patten front row far right
Grover married Nora Francis Sparks on November 28, 1912 in Allen County, Indiana. They had one daughter, Martha Oella Patten born on September 23, 1913. Grover registered for the WW1 draft on  June 5, 1917.  He was living in Zanesville Indiana with his wife Nora and daughter Martha. In the 1920 Federal Census, Grover is a farmer and the family is living in Well County, Indiana.

1924 Photo of the Smith Family in Fort Wayne, Indiana
 This photo appears to be of the first Birthday of Loydell Malone.  The children seated in the front are from left to right : Melba Jackson and Marjorie Jackson (the two oldest girls of Oscar and Vesta Jackson) and Martha Oella Patten. The two women seated are Susan (Smith) Rehnen and Oella (Denney) Smith holding Loydell Malone. The third row  of women from Left to Right : Nora (Sparks) Patten, Della Smith, Dora (Smith) Jackson, Ruth (Jackson) Malone, Vesta (Bowersock), Della (Smith) Sparks. The fourth row of men from left to right : Grover C Patten, Forrest Malone, Oscar Jackson and Virgil Smith.   Loydell was born in 1923 and Oella Denney Smith died in November of 1925.

 By the 1930 Federal Census, Grover, Nora and Martha were living with Flora who is a widow. They are living in Pleasant Township, Allen County. Indiana. Grove is employed and working on the Electric Railroad. Nora died in 1933 during gallstone surgery.

Grover died on November 29, 1939 from injuries that he received from and Auto Accident near Yoder Indiana on November 26, 1939. I have been unable to find a tombstone photo. Next time I am in Indiana, I'll get one.

Rest in peace, Grover.

Jan  Smith

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