Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Apr 11, 2013 | 3712 views | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — April 7, 1988

A recent court decision requiring Oxford Energy to break down the gigantic tire pile near Westley into smaller piles has company officials stumped. Oxford plans to burn the pile, estimated to contain 80 percent of the state’s worn-out tires, to produce energy.

Police officer Noel Vento has been named the local department’s officer of the year.

50 years ago — April 11, 1963

The famed Blue Angels flying team will practice Saturday at the Crows Landing base. The public is invited.

Charles Gustafson has been selected to attend Boys State.

Three Patterson High students received Outstanding Awards at last week’s Central Valley Science Fair in Modesto. Only seven such awards were given out to participants representing eight counties. The three were Mike Nelson, the only sophomore honored, and Manuel Medeiros and Bob Mears.

Victor Bowman is the new commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

75 years ago — April 15, 1938

A truck struck a support on the river bridge at Grayson, closing the only West Side link to the rest of the county. The bridges at Crows Landing and Patterson are closed for flood repairs.

Local streets are scheduled for upgrading. Thirty-one blocks will be oiled this year, and another six graded and graveled.

W.W. Cox of Westley has been re-elected chairman of the county planning commission.

100 years ago — April 12, 1913

Someone blowing the safe in the Yancey Lumber Co. office caused a fire that building and a portion of the yard early Monday morning. The loss of between $6,000 and $10,000 was covered by insurance, and the company plans to rebuild. Nothing was obtained from the safe.

Interest in the Fraternal Brotherhood, lodge No. 782, has been lagging, but an effort is being made to revive it.

Shooting near the river will not be permitted while Patterson Ranch Co. personnel are building a levee.

Before a packed house in the music room at the grammar school, the Literary and Debating Club had its latest debate, with a woman’s team coming out on top. The topic: “Resolved, that women have accomplished greater things for the world then have men.” The judges, two men and a woman, split their vote 2-1.

— Irrigator archives

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet

We encourage your online comments in this public forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a forum for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Readers may report such inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at