Patterson's Past
by PI Staff
Sep 13, 2012 | 1073 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — Sept. 17, 1987

Patterson’s growth rate in 1986 was the highest in the county — 13 percent. The population at the end of the year was pegged at 5,695.

Local schools, City Hall and service organizations sponsored activities yesterday when Pattersonites joined Americans in celebrating this nation’s 200th birthday. The final draft of the Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787.

The City Council appointed a full Beautification Committee this week that includes Ignacio Lopez, Isabel Rezendes, Sam Hibma, Tom Klein, Zack Zaragosa, Daniel Lara, Blythe Dean, Howard Sword, Karen Schwinn, Scott Schaa and alternate Nita Goetz.

Local schools are receiving five new portable units purchased for $32,000 each.

50 years ago — Sept. 13, 1962

Sabin polio immunization shots, three in a series, will be offered in Patterson starting Sept. 30.

Manuel Mederios has been named drum major of the high school band, becoming the first to hold the position. Pam English is the head majorette.

Business employees who park their vehicles on downtown streets are causing a parking problem, the City Council noted this week.

75 years ago — Sept. 17, 1937

Enrollment at Patterson High has set a new record — 244 — with still more students expected in the weeks ahead as the crop harvest winds down.

The last pile for the new Las Palmas bridge over the San Joaquin River was driven Tuesday, and completion of the project is expected before the opening ceremony Oct. 1.

A cold-storage building will soon be erected by William Rush on First Street across from the Libby plant. Rush purchased a half-acre lot from Manuel Azevedo and plans to provide about 200 lockers.

McKeag’s Pharmacy will open tomorrow in the quarters that previously housed the Patterson Theatre.

100 years ago — Sept. 12, 1912

A large contingent of Modesto and other East Side businessmen toured Patterson and the West Side on Friday to personally inspect the phenomenal growth on this side of the county.

The names of 31 new arrivals staying at the Hotel del Puerto in Patterson were listed in this week’s issue of the Irrigator.

First- and second-year high school students began instruction this week, with the Rev. A.S. Mason providing the teaching. They are meeting in the Sunday school room at the Presbyterian Church.

The grammar school had an enrollment of 170 last week, nearly 40 above last year’s count.

— 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