Housing contractors have discovered what has been known to Pattersonites for many years — that tilling the West Side’s adobe and clay soil can be a major hassle. The term being used is “extremely expansive soil.”
Local school trustees this week adopted a district policy against sexual harassment and discrimination.
An announcement has been made that the Rev. Tom Cargo will leave Sacred Heart Catholic Church after five years here.
50 years ago — July 19, 1962
Direct long-distance dialing is about to become available in Patterson, Evans Telephone Co. has announced.
After considerable confusion and a week when Pattersonites had no garbage pickup, a contract with Sanders Bros. of Modesto was approved by the City Council. Sanders bought out Loyd Garbage Disposal Co.
A report indicates that the water quality in the San Joaquin River is rated as excellent this year.
75 years ago — July 23, 1937
What is being billed as one of the finest movie theaters in the valley will open in Patterson next Wednesday. Owners Elmer and Vada Fink have announced that “Ever Since Eve,” a comedy starring Robert Montgomery and Marion Davies, will be the first billing.
Frank Barneich, 76, died Friday. Born in the Basque area of France in the Pyrenees, he founded one of Patterson’s earliest businesses, a meat market, in 1910.
100 years ago — July 18, 1912
Many local residents who agreed to pay 25 cents a month to keep the local library open longer hours are delinquent in their payments and are asked to keep their commitments.
J.P. Luttrell has brought to Patterson a large elk head that hung in the Union Hotel in Nevada City. He will place it in the soon-to-be-erected Welty Hotel on South Third Street. Secured in Arizona a number of years ago, the huge head was sold for $500 to a Seattle buyer, then bought by Luttrell and used in Nevada City and Grass Valley since 1900. A fire 18 months ago destroyed his hotel, but the head was saved. It is said to be one of the largest in the state.
The Patterson Odd Fellows Lodge will hold a ball on July 27 in the hall in the new Edwards building.
Hurb Sesna, proprietor of Hurb’s Place, has installed a bootblack stand in his popular pool room.
J.H. Evans, manager of the Newman office of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co., was in town this week checking out the possibility of phone service here.
— Irrigator archives