The early years at Patten’s
Maurice Lyman Patten and partner Andrew Utter form Utter-Patten Monument Company on Plainfield Ave in Grand Rapids, MI
Maurice buys out his partner and moves the business to Plainfield Ave. and Leonard in Grand Rapids, MI.
Maurice opens a sales office in Hastings on Michigan Ave.
Maurice’s father George comes to work for Maurice. The family business survives the Great Depression by bartering goods & services. Maurice’s 9 children begin helping with the family business.
Three of Maurice’s sons, Gaylord, Donald, and Jack return from World War II. Maurice expands the business by taking over the Hastings office and leaving Jack and Donald in charge of the Grand Rapids office.
The current site of the Hastings facility, 1065 Green St. is purchased and a sales & production facility is built which is still in operation today. Jack, Gaylord, and Maurice Jr. help with the new facility. Gaylord stays in Hastings to run production. Jack returns to Grand Rapids to help Don.
Jack returns to Hastings to help run the business there.
Gaylord opens his own monument business in Battle Creek, MI.
Jack, his wife, Rose, and Maurice Jr. move to Kalamazoo to start a Patten Monument Company branch on Riverside Dr.
Jack and Rose return to Hastings to take over, allowing Maurice Sr. to retire.
The company is divided among Maurice’s sons. The Hastings branch owned by Jack and Rose becomes the Patten Monument Manufacturing Company.