Historical trivia and a call to service
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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Ron Swift
Ron Swift
One of the Patterson Colony’s earliest settlers, some say the earliest, died at his East Las Palmas Avenue home 100 years ago this week.

Andrew O. Blomgren was 65 and in declining health for some time. He was a native of Norway, as were a number of his friends who were attracted to Patterson in its early days.

Blomgren and his family had lived in California for eight years before moving here on April 24, 1910. He and his wife raised six children, and he reportedly was active and well liked in the fledgling community. He was buried in the Grayson Cemetery, as Patterson as yet did not have a burial ground.

Harold and Faye Hill have lived in the two-story former Blomgren residence for a number of years.

This bit of historical trivia is provided to readers at no cost. And no, I was not acquainted with Mr. Blomgren, but thanks for asking.

Director needed

Now that the votes have been counted in the Patterson City Council race, local attention should turn to the elected board of the Del Puerto Health Care District.

Voters recently chose longtime director Ed Maring to return to the board, but in about the same breath as last month’s election, Ramona East resigned the seat to which she was elected two years ago. It is expected to soon be filed by appointment.

The health care district is near and dear to the hearts of many of us, especially since Patterson’s number of physicians in private practice has dwindled in the past few years. Attracting physicians to a small community has become a tough sell, as the district has found. Staffing its new clinic is of top priority for the board as it strives to fill the health care needs of this community.

A full complement of directors (five) is needed to tackle this task, and anyone desiring to serve should contact the district office for the necessary paperwork to be considered for appointment.

Dies a centenarian

Former Patterson resident Jessie Carlson, who observed her 100th birthday on Oct. 26, died early last week in a Turlock retirement facility, where she had made her home for many years. She went on our 90-plus list just before her birthday.

She was the widow of Al Carlson, who died here in 1963.

More questions

The continuing education of our readers being of utmost importance, we offer these soul-searching questions for you to ponder.

•If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

•Because croutons are just stale bread, why are they packed in air-tight packages?

•If you are reading a book about antigravity, can you put it down?

Bear with me, students. Classes will soon dismiss for the holiday break.

Light of my life

Fast Talk mentioned more than a month ago that a street light on our block had been burning brightly 24 hours a day for several months.

Despite City Hall being notified, it’s still burning 24/7, and all of us are still paying.

Email of the week

Interesting emails keep rolling in, if that is what emails do. Here’s one of interest.

We’ve heard that Hostess Bakery plants are closed, and rumor has it that the products have been split up as follows:

The State Department hired all the Twinkies.

The Secret Service hired all the Ho Ho’s.

The generals are sleeping with the CupCakes , and the voters sent all the Ding Dongs to Congress.

For the sports fan

It’s that time of year when the top-ranked college basketball teams schedule patsies so as to pad their records.

How else would you explain No. 1-rated Indiana playing (and humbling) Chopin State last weekend, or No. 13 Michigan State taking on Nicholls State?

And in the women’s ranks, here’s a score fans have been waiting for: Hope 72, Trine 35.

In football, the SF 49ers quarterback controversy continues after Sunday’s overtime loss to the Rams. It’s easy to feel sorry for Alex Smith standing there on the side, reading the play selection taped to his arm, idle while possessing the top passing completion percentage (70) in the entire NFL.

But Alex is professional, bites his lip and doesn’t whine. He’s a smart guy who happens to make $22,000 a day, 365 days a year — playing or not. I’d bite my lip for half that.

And finally …

It’s said that America is the greatest country on Earth.

It could be, and here’s why. Name another country that lists obesity as one of the major health problems of its poor people.

Ron Swift is editor/publisher emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at ronkay@gvni.com.

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