|EDWIN LE GRAND PATRICK.|
Ed. L. Patrick, of Patrick, Wyoming, the subject of this
sketch and one of the most honored of Wyoming's pioneers, and during
his life in the state prominent in its business and public affairs,
was born at Omaha, Nebraska, July 1, 1857. He was the second son of
Captain Edwin Patrick, a pioneer of Nebraska. His mother was Sarah 0.
(Goodwill) Patrick. His parents moved from New York state to the then
territory of Nebraska in 1858, locating at Omaha city. He was
educated in the public schools of Omaha and assisted his parents on
the farm till at the age of nineteen his ambition and spirit of
adventure led him to the mountains and plains of Wyoming.
On coming to Cheyenne he was first employed by Mr. Luke Voorhees, manager of the Wyoming and Black Hills State Line as driver, telegraph operator and station agent. During his connection with the stage line the gold discoveries in the Black Hills caused an excitement throughout the country and a great rush of gold seekers ensued, most of the travel going over the Union Pacific Railroad to Cheyenne and thence on the stage line to Deadwood. Stage robberies were frequent and Indian attacks and murders were incidents that made the life of a stage company employe one of constant risk and strenuosity. Mr. Patrick was noted for his bravery and fidelity, and he passed through all the perils and hardships of those days with a record that did honor to his courage and business ability.
Some years later he acquired a fine ranch on Rawhide creek in Laramie county, now Goshen county, and as his business grew and other settlers came in along the creek, a postoffice was established and named Patrick. As he was engaged in growing cattle he soon became convinced that one of the most important features of the cattle industry was the improvement of the grades of cattle, and began to establish the business of breeding high grade stock, mostly Herefords. In this business he became very successful and soon extended his business to the surrounding states, receiving orders from the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and other distant states. This business is now being carried on by his sons.
Mr. Patrick died in 1916. Surviving him are his wife, and their children: Carrie, now Mrs. A. B. Bartlett; Le Grand; Edwin; Bryan; Helen; Robert; Hugh; and Luke. He was married in 1888 to Miss Lottie Hart, daughter of William H. Part, who was a California pioneer and one of the gold seekers of 1849.
Mr. Patrick was a charter member of Cheyenne Lodge, No. 1, of the Masonic fraternity. He was of patriotic ancestry, being a descendent of General Nathaniel Green and "Light Horse Harry" Lee of Virginia. His father was captain of Company K, Nebraska Volunteers, in the Civil war.