Dedication of the C. R. Patterson and Sons Company Historic Marker 2014

The Greenfield Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Society, the Greenfield City Manager, a representative from the Southern Hills Community Bank and a member of the Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church were joined by many Greenfield citizens in dedicating an Ohio Historic Marker at the site of the C.R. Patterson and Sons Company on May 3, 2014.

Harold Schmidt, President of the Greenfield Historical Society welcomed the crowd with a brief introduction and introduced the speakers. Ron Coffey, Greenfield City Manager, spoke of the importance of the Patterson Company to Greenfield and the uniqueness of Greenfield having the first and only African-American auto manufacturer in the country. Representing the Ohio Historical Society, Cathy Nelson spoke about the historical marker program within the state and how exciting it is to have this marker in Greenfield recognizing the historical significance of the Patterson Company. Chris Nelson, author of "The C.R. Patterson and Sons Company" book, also spoke about his motivation and research of the Patterson family leading to his book about the Patterson Company. Marty Cox represented Southern Hills Community Bank, which now stands on the site of the Patterson Company. She also presented a check to the Greenfield Historical Society. Bernice Mischal was also on hand representing the Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church.

The historical marker was then revealed and closing remarks were given by Mr. Schmidt. The crowd then mingled and talked about the event, asked questions and enjoyed seeing the real Patterson horse-drawn buggy on display courtesy of Tom Smith.


The historic marker was covered awaiting the dedication.

A beautiful day and a nice crowd await the dedication.

Harold Schmidt introduces Cathy Nelson representing the Ohio Historical Society.

Cathy Nelson, Ohio Historical Society.

Ron Coffey, City Manager addresses the crowd.

Cathy Nelson presented certificates to the Greenfield Historical Society, Southern Hills Community Bank and the Shorter Chapel A.M.E.Church.

Marty Cox, Southern Hills Community Bank, presented Harold with a check for the Greenfield Historical Society.

Attendees enjoyed seeing the Patterson buggy, courtesy of Tom Smith.

The participants in the dedication ceremony; Marty Cox, Bernice Mischal: front row. Ron Coffey, Cathy Nelson, Harold Schmidt, Chris Nelson; back row.

Greenfield Historical Board members and officers attending: Wendy Rose, Susan Thompson, Phil Harewood; front row. Larry Bellar and Harold Schmidt; back row.

The Greenfield Historical Society
PO Box 266
Greenfield, Ohio 45123
(937)981-7890