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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Hal D. Patton ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Hal D. Patton
BORN: 12 Jan 1872 DIED: 23 Jul 1934 BURIED: 25 Jul 1934
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Businessman & State Senator
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father Thomas McF. Patton
Maiden name of mother Mary Frances Cooke
1st MARRIAGE - Ella Breyman, 1896
2nd MARRIAGE - Nellie M. Lucia, 1 Jan 1911 in Marion Co., Oregon
3rd MARRIAGE - Edith Tidcomb, 1914

ADOPTION - Hal D. and Edith Louise Patton, adopted Mauvis Barbara Wenger and Marie Madeline Wenger on 25 Nov 1916 in Marion Co., Oregon, and their names were changed to Jeannette Edith Patton (Mauvis) and Marie Madeline Wenger.
[Source - Oregon Adoptions and Name Changes, 1876-1918, via]
OSBH DC (Marion County 1934) #498 - Hal D. Patton, male, married (Edith Patton), occupation Bookstore Merchant, b. 12 Jan 1872 in Sale, Oregon, d. 23 Jul 1934 in Salem, Oregon (883 Court St.) at the age of 62 y’s 6 m’s 11 d’s, name of father Thomas Mc F Patton (b. Ohio), maiden name of mother Mary Frances Cooke (b. Ohio), interment 25 Jul, undertaker Clough-Barrick, informant Mrs. Edith Patton of Salem, Oregon;
Former state Senator and Leading Republican Was Native of This City Of Notable Family; 
Was in Business Here 41 Years; 
Funeral Not Set 
Hal D. Patton passed away at his home at the corner of Court and Summer streets in Salem Monday morning at 8:15 following an illness of long standing, heart trouble, which grew acute in recent weeks and confined him to his home. His death removes a native son, long prominent in the commercial, civic, political and social life of the city and state. Funeral arrangements have not been definitely decided on owing to the absence of his pastor, the Rev. George H. Swift of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, but probably will be from the church Wednesday afternoon. From the day he was 21, January 12, 1893, Mr. Patton has been a partner in the firm of Patton Bros., booksellers and stationers, with place of business at 340 State Street in the Patton block. During all of his adult life he was a leader in civic affairs, serving as state representative, state senator, chairman of the public service commission, member of the city council, and holding numerous positions of responsibility in party and fraternal organizations. Hal Patton was born into a distinguished family. His father, Hon. Thomas McFadden Patton, a native of Ohio, had come west with the wagon train of 1851. In the same train were Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Cooke and their only daughter Mary Frances Cooke, who became the bride of T. McF. Patton after they reached Salem. The latter clerked in stores here and studied law. He lived for a time in Jacksonville when that was a thriving settlement, returning to Salem after some of the Indian disturbances there. He was an attorney here, a member of the legislature and was very active in securing legislation for the erection of the state capitol in 1872 and laid the cornerstone of the edifice. Later he was United States appraiser at Portland and served from 1884 and 1886 as United States consul at Kobe, Japan. 
Grandfather Was First Treasurer--
Hal's grandfather, E.N. Cooke, took up the donation land claim later known as Cooke's addition, where the Hunt cannery now stands. He was the first state treasurer of Oregon and one of the owners of the People's Transportation Company which ran the river steamers "Fanny Patton" and "E.N. Cooke." Later in partnership with George H. Jones, Mr. Cooke engaged in business in the location now the Ladd and Bush bank corner, the store being known as the "Headquarters." The Cooke family home was on Division Street near the river and there Hal Patton was born, January 12, 1872. That summer his grandfather built the mansion house on Court Street. That house remained the home of Hal Patton thereafter. Hal attended school at "the little Central located just west of the alley from the big Central locates where Salem high school is now situated," quoting from his own papers giving a sketch of his life. Later he attended "big Central" with W. M. Kaiser, teacher, w ho later became one of Salem's leading attorneys. Then he went to East Salem school which was built in 1883, now Washington school. In 1884 his father was appointed consul in Kobe, Japan, and took his family with him. Hal was 12 years old then, and retained through his life pleasant memories of the two years spent in Japan. In 1886 the family returned and the senior Patton bought the H.D. Boon bookstore, planning it for his sons. The store had been founded some time prior in 1871 for in the city directory of that year a bookstore is listed under the name of Yeaton & Boon. The Yeaton was Cyrus F. Yeaton, a brother of A. T. Yeaton, still living here at the age of 94. 
Meier Schoolmate At Scott Academy--
The senior Patton had owned the quarter block now embracing the Ladd and Bush bank and the Patton building. He sold the corner of the Bush bank to obtain money for building the Patton block; and the bookstore has been housed there since he acquired it. The building was erected around 1869 or 1870. In 1887 Hal enrolled in Bishop Scott academy at Portland. One of his schoolmates was Julius L. Meier. In 1888 he attended Commercial Business College here which Prof. W.I. Staley had just purchased from A.P. Armstrong. The senior Patton died in 1892. Hal's mother having passed away late in 1886, her ill health promoting their return from Japan. In 1893 the brothers E. Cooke and Hal D. began their partnership which continued until the former's death in 1929. The same year their only sister, Mrs. J.D. McCully, passed away. Mr. Patton was married three times; in 1896 to Ella Breyman; in 1911 to Nellie Lucia who died the following year; and in 1914 to Edith Tidcomb who survives. 
Staunch Republican Throughout Life--
Politics was a natural avocation for Hal Patton. His father had been prominent in state politics and had received recognition from the nation. Hal followed in his steps and was a staunch republican through life. In 1908 he was elected representative in the legislature for Marion County and was defeated for speaker of the house by the late C.N. McArthur, on the old "statement No. 1" issue. Two years later he was elected state senator, serving in the 1911 and 1913 sessions. He was a delegate to two national conventions of his party--to Cleveland in 1924 when Coolidge was nominated and to Kansas City in 1928 when Hoover was named. He served for years as a member of the county central committee and was also s member of the state central committee. In 1930 he was head of the Marion county committee on behalf of Al W. Norblad for governor and in 1934 he worked for Rufus Holman's nomination. In 1931 he was appointed by Norblad to a position o n the public service commission, which continued until the body was abolished by the legislature that year. For several terms he was a member of the Salem city council. In fraternal and civic affairs he was active. He was a charter member of the Cherrians and served as King Bing of the order. He was a prominent member of various Masonic organizations, including Knights Templar and the Shrine. He attended numerous lodge conventions, the Knights Templar in San Francisco in 1904, the Shrine in Portland in 1920, in San Francisco in 1922, in Kansas City in 1924 and in Los Angeles in 1925. Other lodge connections were Elks, Foresters. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Patton traveled quite extensively during his lifetime, visiting all parts of the Untied States except the southeastern states, Mexico, Japan, and Canada. He was a regular attendant at stationers' conventions in the northwest. In 1922 he gave a dinner in celebration of his 50th birthday. Judge L.H. McMahan acted as toastmaster on that occasion which is yet talked about by those who attended. The Pattons had a summer home at Newport where the family spent portions of their summers. Hal was very faithful in attendance on business, was particular in details, and at his home kept very careful records of personal business and other transactions. His life being spent in Salem across the street from the capitol grounds, he developed a wide acquaintance among legislators and prominent men from all over the state. He made friends readily and held them easily. He was a man of positive convictions and with ability in expressing his thoughts in publis address. His brother, Cooke, was famed as an amateur magician. Surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Edith Patton, two daughters, Marie and Jeanne, two nieces, Eula McCully and Mrs. E. C. Charlton of Salem, a nephew Russell McCully of Hood River, and his brother-in-law, J. D. McCully, who has been associated with him in the business. 
Oregon Statesman 24 July 1934 1:4-6.
Hal D. Patton 
Son of 
Thomas McF. & Frances M. Patton 
Jan. 12, 1872 - July 23, 1934
OSBH DC (Marion Co., 1934) #498 
S&H pg 28 
Oregon Marriage Index (
OS 24 Jul 1934 1:4-6

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