Tag Archives: Zeruah Patterson

The Cradle of Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Joan Evanich Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2003 Around Your Neighborhood: The Cradle of Winnetka Imagine you are on an August trip in the family vehicle —hot, tired and looking for a place to stop. You have been traveling for a long time and the kids are getting cranky. Now imagine it […]

Original Christ Church (formerly Garland Church)
building, 1898.

Winnetka’s First Church Site

  Gazette Article by Linda Corwin, Winter 1994 Updated November 16, 2021 A Wayside Tavern for the Weary: Site for Winnetka’s First Church A wayside tavern for weary pioneers on their long trek from New York to Wisconsin became Winnetka’s first church, Christ Church. When John and Susannah Garland and their eight children reached the […]

Zernah Patterson, c. 1880.

The Patterson Tavern

Gazette Article by Laurie Starrett, Winter 1998 Updated 2022 Entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by necessity, opportunity, desire, and determination. All of these played a part in the founding of Winnetka’s first business. In 1836 Erastus and Zeruah (also referred to as Zernah) Patterson and their five children were traveling west from Vermont as part of […]

“W” is for Women of Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Bean Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2002 Several years ago when the Minnesota Historical Society reopened its exhibit area, a unique approach was taken to interpret its history from “A to Z.” Various objects and topics were depicted by “letters,” and visitors moved through the gallery “alphabetically.” The editorial board of […]