Among Arkadelphia's early businessmen was a man named John Wesley Patterson. For about two-thirds of his life Patterson operated a mercantile business in Arkadelphia. A man of habits and routines, he had relatively few interests outside of his stores, but actively supported both the town's high school and college teams.
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Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Patterson emerges as one of Arkadelphia's early businessmen" (2016). Articles. 180.