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September 18, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Lulie Patteson


 Courtesy Gordon G. Ragland, Jr., Maxey/Patteson Family Collection

Over the years, sisters Annie and Lulie Patteson took in a number of foster children. In an article for The Daily Progress, Miss Lulie remembered one boy in particular.


A warm glow comes into my heart when I think of Clarence. He was one of twins from a family of four boys whom we kept one summer and fall. They were all good boys, but little Clarence was especially affectionate towards his “Aunt Lulie.” When they were returned to the Lynchburg Presbyterian Orphanage, Clarence once begged me to come there and spend the night.  

All four boys were delighted to see me and we had quite a pleasant time. The next morning I had to catch an early train before breakfast. Clarence insisted he did not want breakfast so he could walk me to the streetcar. He was persuaded to drink a glass of milk and eat a sandwich on the way.

Clarence grew up to be a fine man and often sent me money and presents on my birthday.


For much more about Lulie Patteson’s life and writings see “Miss Lulie Patteson: Early Buckingham Historian” in “At a Place Called Buckingham.”


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  1. Danny Newton / Sep 19 2014 9:40 pm

    This is pretty cool. I am from Buckingham County and I too lived at the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg, VA. After the death of my Dad, Charles L Newton on September 28, 1951 a few years later I went to live at the Home. While I lived there the word Orphanage was dropped from the name. I too turned out to be a pretty good person and am now enjoying life as a retiree.

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 20 2014 7:41 am

      Many thanks, Danny, for adding your experience to the post.

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