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John Esler "Jack" Paton
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1894
Sault Sainte Marie
Chippewa County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1967
New Castle
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA

John was the youngest of the five children of Dewar Paton (c. 1949 -1899) and Margaret Jane Esler (1860-1827). He was born on Sugar Island between Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan and Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario.

He graduated from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

He graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. During the summer of 1924, his future wife , Margaret Hensley attended the school.

He taught in a Saint Lous area school in 1924-1925.

On 12 June, 1925, he married Margaret in the front room of the Hensley house in Groveton, Texas. The couple had their honeymoon nr. Saint Louis. They then moved to New Castle, Pennsylvania.

He taught Orchestra and Band simultaneously in both Benjamin Franklin and George Washington Junior High Schools. He was an important person in the town musical society often involved in performances in the Scottish Rite Cathedral on the North Hill.

During the Depression, he tried his hand at a bit of farming in Shenango Township.

Often he was working somewhere for the summer supplementing his teacher's salary. Sometimes he played his cello in an orchestra.

The family attended First Presbyterian (where he directed the Sunday School Orchestra) then Northside Community Church (where he directed a small worship ensemble), then Central Christian, the First Christian on The Diamond, and finally Clen-Moore.

In her retirement, he took in his single sister, Pearl, to live with them.

Jack was known as a quiet man. He often spent the evening repairing band instruments. He was an excellent Bible scholar.

In his final illness, he spent some time in the Cleveland Clinic. He died in the Jameson Hospital in New Castle.

The Patons have three children: (Margaret) Jean (Walter) Baughman (born 1926), (Florence) Ann (born 1928) and John Glenn (named for 19th century Scottish missionary to New Hebrides, John G. Paton) 1934.

His funeral service was held at Leyde-Tanner Funeral Home on Highland Avenue. Son, John, sang "Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth" from Mendellsohn's "Elijah

courtesy of Walter D Baughman 
Family links: 
  Dewar Paton (1849 - 1899)
  Margaret Jane Esler Paton (1859 - 1927)
  Margaret Elinor Hensley Paton (1907 - 1986)*
  William Paton (1882 - 1908)*
  Agnes Wasson Paton Seavey (1885 - 1951)*
  Jane Pearl Paton (1886 - 1971)*
  Mary Parker Paton Miller (1888 - 1967)*
  John Esler Paton (1894 - 1967)
*Calculated relationship
Castle View Memorial Gardens
New Castle
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: John Rush
Record added: Mar 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67633731
John Esler Jack Paton
Added by: John Rush
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