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(Contributed by Daniel Terzo, Jr.)

Subject:  Ancestral Home of the Patterson Family

The following picture is of the "Old Patterson Homestead" in 1905.
It was also known as the Cedar Dale Farm.

The Patterson family were early settlers in Sullivan.  They came to Sullivan in 1832 and established a land grant.  The house was built in 1853 by Donty Patterson.

The people pictured are: Perry Patterson, who was Donty's youngest son, Perry's wife Gertrude Lyon Patterson, and their daughter, who is Nellie Patterson Spaugh, the maternal grandmother of Daniel Terzo, Jr. (Our contributor)

The house was of solid brick, with walls 20" thick.  It was struck by lightning in 1948 and was destroyed.  The farm still belongs to the descendants of the Patterson family.

Where the house once stood is 20 acres of farmland, surrounded now by homes.  Few people in Sullivan realize what once stood there.

This next picture is of the Hinton School which was located in Allenville, Moultrie County.
It was taken in 1910. My grandfather, Ray Spaugh is the boy standing in the back row, 3rd from the right. The teacher Edith Brant is in the back row far right. My grandfather was raised on a farm in Allenville. The Spaugh family were early settlers there.
He, my grandfather, went thru Moultrie County schools, attended the University of Illinois and majored in English. He taught school in Moultrie County at the Hinton School and the Crabapple School. He married Nellie Patterson in 1920, and moved to California in 1922.
He attended USC and got his Masters Degree. He taught every grade from a one room schoolhouse, up to and including a University.

Pictured above are as follows:
Back Row, left to right:  Mabel Ethington, Chester Graham, Spencer Graham, Vey Osborn, Ray Spaugh, Charlotte Winter & Edith Brant, Teacher.
Middle Row:  Valerie Winter, Freda Shirey, Molly Winter, Otis Goddard, Melvin Wiley
Sitting:  James Winter, Arthur Ethington, Claude Shirey, Clem Goddard, Ralph Peters, Merrill Waddell
Front Row:  Russell Shirey, Clurie Burnett, Arlie Graham, Mick Ethington

The second picture is of my grandparents, Ray Spaugh and Nellie Patterson, dressed as "Old Folks" for a parade around the Sullivan Square in 1916.

The third photo is of a Patterson Family picnic probably in the late 1880's.

The next photograph was taken Dec 20,1913. My Great Grandfather, Perry Patterson, was a farmer in Sullivan.
His farm, CedarDale Farm was at the southeast side of Sullivan.

He was a well known hog farmer. The picture shows his "cement" hog trough. To the right of the picture, you will notice steam. He fed his hogs heated slop!

The cement hog trough is the only remains of Cedar Dale Farm. It is on a pasture on the east side of Patterson Rd.
My family and I ,when we visit Sullivan, host wine and cheese parties on the hog trough! It was even the sight of my brother and his wife's renewal ceremony, celebrating their fifteenth wedding anniversary.

The newspaper article was in the Decatur Review paper. It tells how he would feed his hogs high priced corn, and how much more he realized when the hogs went to market.

The news article is a little hard to read but reads as follows:



Perry J. Patterson Realizes $1.14 a Bushel

Sullivan, Dec. 24 - Perry J. Patterson, owner of teh Cedar Dale Farm which is located at the edge of this city, has been asked to answer this question:  "Does it pay to feed hogs this high priced corn?"
     As an experienced stock raiser Mr. Patterson hs kindly consented to give his opinion along this line and this is what he has to day.
     "Does it pay to feed this high priced corn to hogs, is a question often asked and here are some figures to prove that it does pay.  On June 26, 1913, I bought thirty-eight pigs that weighed thirty-one pounds each and on July 16 I bought twelve that averaged thirty-seven pounds each and on Aug. 16(?), I bought twenty-five head that averaged thirty-eight pounds each.  I fed them just enough to keep them growing until Oct. 1 then I began to increase the feed until I got them upon full feed.  On Oct. 25, they weighted 107 pounds each.  I continued to give them all they could eat and drink until Dec. 22, fifty-seven days after purchasing them, when I sold them.  Their average weight was 205 1/2 pounds.
     "They had eaten 200 bushels of old corn and 570 bushels of new corn, a total of 770 bushels of corn.  I also used 2,000 pounds of shorts in making slop at a cost of $29 they had all they could eat and drink twice each day.  The water was furnished them from my compressed air water system which is piped in all feed lots.  They were fed on a concrete platform 12 x 36 feet.
     The total cost of the seventy-five pigs was $250.60 or 8 3/4 cents a pound and I sold them for 7 1/2 cents a pound and received $1,157.
     "By just a little figuring you can see that the corn brought me 1.14 a bushel.

The copy is below:


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