|Van Patten Woods
Newport Twp., Lake Co., Illinois
Van Patten Woods, in Lake Co., Illinois was dedicated on 28SEP1961, was
named after David Lewis Van Patten, who was born 18AUG1886 in Chicago, IL
and died in SEP1963. David operated a grocery store before devoting his full
time to operating Newport Township and helping in Lake County's operation. He
was a Newport Township supervisor, was the first president of the forest
preserve district and served on the Lake County Board from 1927 to 1961.
During WWI, while serving with the American Expeditionary Force, he was
wounded 05MAR1918, during action in France. David was discharged a short
time later but, during the closing days of the war, the procedure of awarding
Purple Hearts was overlooked. And David Van Patten was too modest to apply.
The incident was forgotten...until, by accident, the American Legion learned of
the situation and immediately took steps to give the long-overdue recognition. He
received the award at a specially held meeting.
David Van Patten long had been a familiar courthouse figure. He carried a
bulging briefcase and only took time out from his work only to grab a quick cup
of coffee in the courthouse restaurant.