La Harpe, Illinois
January 7, 1930
Mrs. Virginia Patterson
Virginia Antoinette, oldest daughter of Harrison and Mary McCumber, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, March 10, 1846,
and passed away Jan. 4, 1930 aged 83 years 9 months, and 24 days.
When twelve years old, she with her parents came to Pilot Grove Township, Hancock County where she has resided ever since.
She was united in marriage to Wm. J. Patterson, March 31, 1861. This marriage was solemnized in an old log cabin standing
near the banks of Crooked Creek a few miles east of Burnside.
For a short time this happy couple lived with Mr. Patterson's parents on a farm that Mrs. Patterson's father had bought in
exchange for a yoke of oxen and afterward sold to Mr. Patterson's father for $800. A few years after their marriage,
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Patterson bought this farm, which was their home till his death Nov. 19, 1921.
To this union twelve children were born, seven of whom have passed away, Mary, Minnie, Alice, Reed, Rosa, Harrison and George.
Those living are Ed and Mrs. Lillie Fortney of LaHarpe, Charles of Peoria, James L. of Burnside, and Cleve
Fourteen children and eleven great grandchildren survive her. Also a sister, Mrs. Alice Sullivan of Burnside, a half-sister,
Mrs. Verdie Doty of Unionville, Ia. and a brother George of Moravia, Iowa. Her sisters Mrs.
Florence Hobart and
Mrs. Maggie Sharpe also a brother Will have preceded her in death.
Grandma for three years has lived with her son James L. and his wife, where she received the best of care and which
was so much appreciated by her. For two years she has been blind but was always patient, never complaining of her affliction.
While it was known that her strength was gradually failing, no one could realize the end was so near.
She rose as usual Saturday morning, dressed, and with help walked to the kitchen where she liked best to sit during the day.
While walking across the room she became so weak that she was assisted to the couch, and very soon her spirit took its flight.
Very early in life she gave her self to the Master and united with the Christian Church.
She was a great reader of the Bible and a faithful Christian woman.
Mrs. Patterson was one of Pilot Grove's oldest pioneers. During the span of years she lived many changes took place.
At the time of her marriage there were no railroads closer than Keokuk or
Crops were put in by the aid of oxen and harvested by means of
reap hooks and cradles;
spinning wheels were seen in nearly every home and every woman
knew how to card wool and weave
homespun for clothes for her family.
Many an evening she sat by the fireplace or the tallow candle and made by hand, garments for her husband and little
from the material she had carded, spun and woven herself.
A good and noble woman has been called from our midst. Neighbors and friends, as well as relatives will miss
for she lived all her life for others.
Lord help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.
Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I'd do for you,
Must needs be done for others.
And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven begun
May I forget the crown I've won
While thinking still of others.
Others, Lord, Yes, others
Let this my motto be
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.
Funeral services were held in theLaCrosse Christian Church at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon,
Rev. F. M. Brannic of Macomb
officiating. Interment took place in LaHarpe Cemetery.
The Carthage Gazette
January 10, 1930
The LaHarpe Quill notes the death on Saturday last of Mrs. Wm. J. Peterson, for many years a beloved member
of the LaCrosse community. Mrs. Patterson who had attained
the age of 83 years, 9 months and 24 days
lost her eye sight several years ago, and for the past several
weeks her health has been perceptibly failing
and after arising Saturday morning was assisted to dress
and was being led to her accustomed chair in the
kitchen when she became very weak and her death speedily