Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
HARVE PATTY is engaged in the blacksmith business in Harrington. He was born December 27, 1871, in Carroll county, Arkansas, and was the son of John and Mary (Ballard) Patty. The father was born in Roane county, Tennessee, removed when young to Arkansas, and served in the Union army during the Rebellion for four years. He was engaged in many of the most severe battles of the war, and was always to be relied upon as a soldier brave and true. His father, our subject's grandfather, was Jesse Patty, a captain during the Mexican War. Mr. Patty's mother was born in Cooper county, Missouri.
The parents of Mr. Patty, out of nine children born to them, reared a family of eight. In the spring of 1884 the family came to Union county, Oregon, and remained in the Grande Ronde valley until the spring of 1886, when they came to Lincoln county. Here the father took a pre-emption claim ten miles south from Harrington. Later the father sold his land and removed to Kirkland, a small town of Puget Sound, where the mother died in the fall of 1902, whereupon the father returned to Lincoln county, where he now lives the greater portion of his time.
Up to the time of their coming to Lincoln county our subject remained with his parents. He engaged in riding the range as a cowboy and became known as one of the most expert riders of wild horses in the northwest. He followed the business of horse-breaking for two years, after which time he took a homestead in Douglas county, Washington. Later he sold this claim and a quarter-section of land which he owned in Lincoln county, removed to Harrington and engaged in the blacksmithing business, which he has since continued to follow with success. He is an expert mechanic and has the largest blacksmith business in the city, keeping between four and seven smiths constantly employed in turning out his orders for work. He does a general blacksmith and wagon repairing business. He also has a handsome home, and several lots in the town of Harrington.
On September 28, 1895, Mr. Patty was married to Kate Curtis, a native of Dakota and daughter of Reverend A. K. Curtis, who died at Kirkland, Washington, and Catherine (Shoemaker) Curtis, who is now living at Kirkland. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis reared a family of seven children, one of whom, Professor J. D. Curtis, is professor of mathematics in the Seattle high school. Mrs. Patty is a professional musician, and for several years preceding her marriage taught piano in a conservatory in Seattle.
To Mr. and Mrs. Patty have been born three children, Jesse Leon, Pearl, and Curtis Roy.
Mr. Patty is a member of the K. of P. lodge, and both he and his wife are members of the M. E. church.