Patton, Sadie Smathers
By George Myers Stephens
28 Sept. 1886–2 Jan. 1975
Sadie Smathers Patton, local historian, was born in Henderson County , the daughter of John Wesley and Mary Rickman Smathers. She was educated by private tutors and read law under a Hendersonville attorney. As senior court reporter she served in most of the counties of western North Carolina. Active in numerous local and regional historical and patriotic organizations, she was a founder and trustee of the Cherokee Historical Association , producer of the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills  . From 1941 to 1957 she was a member of the executive board of the North Carolina Department of Archives and History .
Sadie Patton was the author of Ghost Stories and Legends of the Mountains (1935) , The Story of Henderson County (1947) , Sketches of Polk County History (1950) , Saint James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville (1953?) , Buncombe to Mecklenburg: Speculation Lands (1955) , and The Kingdom of the Happy Land (1957) .
Her husband was Preston Fidelia Patton and they had an adopted son. She was buried in Calvary Churchyard, Fletcher.
Asheville Citizen-Times , 25 Apr. 1954, 6 Apr. 1958, 9 June 1958
North Carolina Biography , vol. 3 (1956)
William S. Powell, ed., North Carolina Lives (1962)
1 January 1994 | Stephens, George Myers