Miller & Ingles Patterson, brothers, formed a business alliance in the 1940’s called Patterson Bros. They dealt in buying and selling horses, cattle, rodeo stock contractors and Miller, an auctioneer, took on the selling of their auction sales. Home for the brothers was in Valhalla, Alberta moving from Delia, Alberta.
As their business grew, the brother’s moved to Hythe, Alberta purchasing a half section of farm land and a Ranch in the Goodfare area. Miller and Ingles lived in the area and raised their families.
1957: The Dawson Creek Exhibition Association, who owned the Fairgrounds in Dawson Creek, approached Miller offering land on their grounds in Dawson Creek to build a Livestock Auction Market. The closest Auction Market in the Alberta, BC Peace River Area was being built in Grande Prairie so the Patterson Bros felt Dawson Creek would be a good fit. The auction market was built during the summer with the 20 foot walls being erected on the Sunday of the Dawson Creek Fall Fair when man power was available.
The first livestock sale was held in October of 1958, under the name of Patterson’s Auction Mart Ltd. Once the business was up and running, Ingles went back to farming, his first love, and Miller’s sons Art and Leonard came into the business as partners. Ingles purchased farm land in Bear Canyon with his son Archie. Ingles grandson Tim still farms in Bear Canyon today.
Art & Leonard, both strong community supporters, continued to build their auction business and held many fund raising auction sales in the BC, Alberta Peace River area. Raising funds for youth sports, hospital nursing homes, 4H Beef-Sheep sales, community halls, and charities.
Miller, sons Art, Leonard, Jack and grandson Shane all went to the same Auction – Livestock Pedigree School over the years, Reppert School of Auctioneering & Livestock Pedigree study in Decatur, Indiana. A long way from home for the boys from the North, Miller felt it was the best school in North America to attend if you wanted to be an auctioneer. Youngest son Donald in later years became an auctioneer and took his schooling in Alberta.
1995: The livestock auction market in Dawson Creek was sold to the Kosick family. Art & Leonard were semi retired keeping the company name Patterson’s Auction Mart Ltd. The company to present day still sells farm sales, livestock pedigree sales and still auctions all types of equipment, merchandise and charity fund raisers.
The Miller Patterson family being brought up in the Auction business, love an auction sale. Showing in their family the “Nut does not fall far from the Tree” is a reality not a theory!