Note: The following articles from The Nebraska State Journal are included here for background and were not part of the article in The Farnam Echo.
Journal man dies suddenly at Farnam
W. E. Patterson, traveling salesman for The State Journal company nearly 26 years, fell dead Wednesday morning on the streets of Farnam. His home was at 519 So. 18th.
Born and reared in Papillion, he was a member of the Masonic lodge there, of the United Spanish War Veterans and the M. W. A. He went to work for The Journal in June of 1916.
Mr. Patterson had been ill from time to time of later years, but had been in good health the past few months.
The Nebraska State Journal, Thursday, April 9, 1942
William E. Patterson
William E. Patterson was born July 29, 1874, at Papillion, and died April 8, 1942, in Farnam at the age of 67. He suffered a heart attack while lunching in a restaurant and died instantly. He had been in Lincoln the past 26 years as traveling salesman for The State Journal company, his home being at 519 So. 18th.
Educated in the Papillion and Omaha schools and Fremont college, he served as county clerk and surveyor for Sarpy county for several years. He enlisted in Co. L, First Nebraska regiment, and served in the Spanish-American war. He had been commander of William Lewis camp No. 2, United Spanish War Veterans, and [at] the time of his death was sergeant-major of the camp and a member of the state relief committee.
Mr. Patterson also was a past master of the Papillion Masonic lodge, a member of Modern Woodmen of America, United Commercial Travelers, and Travelers Protective association.
The Nebraska State Journal, Sunday, April 12, 1942