Wallace W. Patterson, who is engaged in a general plastering business, in which connection important contracts are awarded him, so that he has achieved a substantial and gratifying measure of success, was born in South Haven Michigan, May 25, 1864. The first six years of his life were there spent, after which his parents, Moses and Mary Elizabeth Patterson, removed with their family to Wood county, Ohio, where he remained until about seventeen years of age and then came to Portland with his mother and older brother, Frederick. This was in 1882. His education had been acquired in the public schools of Wood county, his time being largely devoted to his studies until his left for the far west.
After reaching Portland Mr. Patterson began learning the plasterer's trade with Napoleon Kennedy, who was one of the pioneer plastering contractors of Portland. He worked as a journeyman for some time and gained an expert knowledge of and skill in the business. About eighteen years ago he formed a partnership with Michael Harris, of whom mention is made on another page of this volume, and for twelve years they were associated in business, during which time various important contracts in their line were awarded them. On the expiration of that period the partnership was dissolved and Mr. Patterson has since been alone. He does a general line of plastering and has been engaged in this way on the interior finishing of many of the business house; private residences, and apartment houses. It is said that he has plastered more apartment houses than any man in this city, including all those erected by W. L. Morgan, who stands first among the builders of apartments in Portland. Mr. Patterson's business has long since reached extensive and profitable proportions, indeed, there are few who equal him in the amount of business in his line, and as success has rewarded him he has made judicious investments in property,' being now the owner of considerable valuable real estate in this city.
On the 2d of August, 1890, Mr. Patterson was united in marriage to Miss Anna B. Inman, a daughter of L. F. Inman, a native of New York. They became the parents of five children: Flora, who is now attending the Portland high school; Claude, Edith and Frederick, who are all in school; and Donald. The wife and mother died on the 26th of October, 1909, and her death was a deep blow to many friends as well as to the immediate members of the family. Mr. Patterson has always voted with the republican party and yet has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring to give his undivided time and attention to his business affairs which, capably conducted, have brought him to a prominent position on the plane of affluence. In manner he is quiet and unpretentious, but his genuine worth and thorough reliability are recognized by all who have had business dealings with him.
Submitted by Lynn Loughney