UPDATE! After making some phone calls and conducting a determined search, I have located a relative who is very excited to receive these photographs!
In my search I did find some disheartening information:
1. Homer was found dead in a hotel residence in 1951 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He appears to have never married ad never had children. The San Bernardino County Sun, 1 August 1951
2. Esther DID marry and did have one child, Beverly. Beverly’s husband passed away in 2013. Beverly herself passed away in 2014. I had called the funeral home that took care of Beverly’s funeral, and I was directed toward the attorney who handled her estate. The attorney told me that Beverly had never had children and had left everything to charity. She then told me that she knew of no relatives, as she and the accountant were the only people who attended Beverly’s funeral.
3. I can see that Edith DID marry, however, I am unsure if she had children, as I am unable to find much information on her.
4. The woman who is receiving the photographs is the granddaughter of Edward Carpenter Patton. I am thrilled to have found her!
Below are two photographs sent to me by my friend Dakotah in Iowa (you can check out her Etsy page here! She makes AMAZING jewelry!). They are three children of the Patton family in Poweshiek County, Iowa.
John Harper Patton (1856 PA – 1935 IA) and Mary Jane Worcester (1856 IA – 1951 IA) in the 1900 census had the following children:
John Harper Patton, Jr (born 1884)
Homer Emerson Patton (born 1887)
Edward Carpenter Patton (born 1890)
Mary Edith Patton (born 1891)
Ester Ann Patton (born 1895)
Paul Worcester Patton (born 1897)
2nd son of John H & Mary Patton Age 19 yrs.
Esther Ann Patton