|Conrad Van Patten
1840 - 1926
1847 - 1938
Conrad Van Patten, the son of Peter Nicholas and Delana (Acres) Van Patten
was born 30NOV1840 in Oswego, Oswego County, New York and died
25APR1926 in Kylemore, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was married on
31DEC1868 in Auburn, Cayuga County, New York to Jane Clark Ringland,
who was born 30DEC1847 in Auburn, Cayuga County, New York and died
26APR1938 in Kylemore, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Through this union, four children were born: Robert Curtis (1870-1883),
Menzo David (1878-1966), Frederick (1880-1883) and Esther (1882-1883).
Conrad was a locomotive engineer for the New York Central Railroad, but due
to poor health (greatly contributed by the smoke of the engine), he had to find
another occupation, so he decided on trying his hand at farming in the great
outdoors. He moved to Minnesota in the early 1880's where he purchased 160
acres of land in Crookston, Minnesota in 1885. He then moved to Carlisle,
North Dakota, then on to Saskatchewan, Canada in 1901 and settled at
Wadena, about 100 miles east of Saskatoon, where he farmed.
Conrad and Jane had four children, three of whom died within a week of each
other in a flu epidemic called "Black Diptheria" at Barnesville, Minnesota in
1883. Their sole surviving child, a son, Menzo David Van Patten, continued
the family name with honor and integrity.
On 25APR1926, Conrad was thrown from his horse (named Daisey) drawn
buggy and broke his neck, killing him instantly.
|Photo courtesy of Judy (Van Patten) Chorney