In celebration of the approaching Mother’s Day celebration, the role played by wives and mothers of Grapevine confederate soldiers will high-lite the Grapevine Historical Society meeting on April 27.
The special program will be presented by Michael Patterson who has deep roots in the local community.
The event will take place at 7 pm in the Program Room of the Grapevine Public Library and the public is welcome to attend. There is no charge for guests. Young people interested in the history of the area will enjoy this too.
Michael Patterson was born in a Fort Worth hospital and taken to his ancestral family home place on Glade Road in Colleyville. His grandson now is the seventh generation family member to live there. His great-great grandparents arrived on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1868.
He began his education at the old Pleasant Run School in Colleyville until it merged with GISD in 1963. He graduated from Grapevine High School in 1970, the fourth of five generations of his family to attend there.
Patterson taught school in the Birdville ISD for 18 years. His interest in his heritage led him into the monument business so he could learn to engrave and install granite. He has been an officer with the Col. E. W. Taylor Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans for the past several years and has been getting or making headstones for veterans for over 51 years.
On May 2, in honor of Mother’s Day, he will be replacing 3 headstones in the Grapevine Cemetery for women who were mothers, mothers-in-law, or (in 2 cases) grandmothers of soldiers who fought in the War Between the States.
Michael Patterson was one of the editors of the 1970 Grapevine Area History book produced by the Grapevine Historical Society.