David Patten, 1888-1975, former managing-editor of The Providence Journal-Bulletin, was a Massachusetts native who spent school vacations and several winters at his grandfather's 260-acre farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island. His career in Providence newspapers as a reporter and editor lasted 35 years. He entertained thousands with his stories of old-time Rhode Island, especially those relating to Little Compton. Mr. Patten wrote a semi-autobiographical book on his childhood in S'cunnet, titled Three Sides to the Sea (New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1956). Following his death in 1977,a collection of Mr. Patten's Providence Journal-Bulletin "In Perspective" columns was published by the newspaper, titled Adventures in a Remembered World (Unforgettable tales of Little Compton by David Patten who was there).
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