Biography - FRANK J. PATTERSON, L. D. S.
Mendota, Illinois, has its quota of professional men, and prominent among them is the subject of this sketch, Frank J. Patterson, who has been engaged in the practice of dentistry here for the past six years.
Dr. Patterson is a Canadian by birth and education. He was born in Glasgow, Canada, March 12, 1860, a son of Dr. Elijah and Martha (Pearson) Patterson, both natives of Canada. The Pattersons have long been residents of Canada, to which place, it is supposed, they went from Vermont. The Pearsons are of English origin, the first representatives of the family having come from England to America in 1833 and settled in Upper Canada. Dr. Elijah Patterson has for a number of years been engaged in the practice of dentistry at Toronto, Canada.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Frank J. chose the dental profession. He was reared in Port Perry, to which place his parents moved when he was a child, and where he completed a high-school course and graduated in 1875. That same year he matriculated in the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Toronto, and pursued his studies there for a time, following which he operated in his father's office until 1879. He then reentered the same college, and is a graduate with its class of 1882. From the time of his graduation until 1893 he was engaged in practice in Toronto, and since January of the latter year he has been identified with the interests of Mendota, Illinois, and engaged in a successful practice here, having succeeded Dr. J. D. Moody.
Dr. Patterson was married in 1880 to Miss Roby N. Kelley, of Oshawa, Ontario, and their happy union has been blessed in the birth of two children, the older one dying in infancy, and the younger, Greta N., is living.
Fraternally Dr. Patterson has a membership in the I. O. O. F. and Foresters.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, page 400.