abt 1926 -- Ralph William "Willie" Patterson with Blue Racer
"Willie" Patterson was born 22 Dec 1906 in Kansas. He married Kathryn Elizabeth (Nelson) Patterson. Sometime between 1915 - 1930 he moved to California, where he was an airplane mechanic at McLaren Air Force Base in Sacramento and served as a Marine during WWII. He died in Sacramento on 1 Sep 1987.