"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Pattinson, Thomas J. proprietor of the Pattinson Laundry Co., Rhinelander, was born in Alba, Genessee County, Mich., March 17, 1883, son of Joseph and Ada (COLDBECK) PATTINSON. The parents were natives of the county of Durham, England, and came to the United States in 1882, locating in Genessee County, Mich., where for some years Joseph PATTINSON was engaged in mercantile business. In 1889 he removed his family to Manistique, Mich., and established himself in the laundry business there, in which he still continues. Thomas J. PATTINSON acquired his early education in the public schools of Manistique, later taking a commercial course at the Cleary Business College, Ypsilante. He then entered his father's laundry to learn the business, and after, becoming tolerably familiar with it, went to Iron Mountain, Mich., where he was engaged in the laundry buiness for three years. At the end of that time he returned to his father's plant. In 1914 Mr. PATTINSON came to Rhinelander and bought the Oneida laundry which he has since developed into one of the largest laundries in nothern Wisconsin. It is thoroughly equipped with modern machinery, all of which he needs for his rapidly increasing business. He handles all kinds of laundry work, such as wet wash, rough dry and finished family washing, his trade extending over a radius of 30 to 60 miles. He has established agencies in various towns along with different railroads, handling their business by mail and express, and among his customers he has an increasing number of cottagers at summer resorts. About 25 people are on his payroll on an average. Mr. PATTINSON'S business plant is located at 11-13 W. King Street and his residence at No. 28 Pelham Street. He is a member of the Laundry Owners' National Association and the Wisconsin Laundry Owners' Association, of which hs is second vice president; also the Rotary Club of Rhinelander, the local lodge and chapter of the Masonic order, and Hiawatha Council No. 65, R. & S. M. at Manistique, Mich. Mr. PATTINSON was married June, 10, 1908, at Iron Mountain, Mich., to Clara M. TIDDY of that place, and he and his wife are the parents of one child, Ruth Ione, who was born Feb. 16, 1910. They are affiliated religiously with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 330-331, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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