Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago — April 21, 1988

Gretchen Walker and Francisco Duran have been chosen to represent Patterson High this summer at Girls and Boys State.

For the first time in 10 years, Patterson Boy Scout Troop 81 has taken first place in the annual Scout Fair in Turlock.

As a part of Newman’s centennial celebration, that community sent several Keystone Cops to Patterson and ticketed several notables, including Vice Mayor Leo Halseth and City Manager John Nachbar. Mayor Wade Bingham could not be found.

50 years ago — April 25, 1963

The city has issued 13 permits to build new homes, exceeding the construction total in all of 1962.

Patterson High’s FFA chapter has successfully defended the Raft Race title it won a year ago, besting the 20-30 Club by more than eight minutes over a five-mile course.

Pauline Hamilton’s entry in the Patterson High Art Show won top honors, with Jaci Relvas placing second. Honorable mentions went to Roberta Little, Bill Harrison, Betty Wade, Delbert Park and Charles Mears and to Relvas for another of her entries.

75 years ago — April 29, 1938

The pea harvest is under way, and the West Side has an oversupply of labor.

F.S. Harrison has been tapped to succeed J.S. Fiske as Patterson mayor. Fiske has held the position 12 years but has retired from the council.

A water-rights lawsuit against Miller & Lux, Southern California Editor and others will net the Patterson Water Co. $40,000 following a compromise agreement.

Patterson’s rainfall for the season now totals 16.41 inches, the highest mark since the 23.67-inch deluge recorded in 1890 — 20 years before the town’s founding.

Work has started on a 3.5-mile fire road to the top of Mount Oso.

100 years ago — April 26, 1913

The Chamber of Commerce has backed a proposal for the community to raise money to hire a night watchman. The Patterson Ranch Co. is paying the salary of J.W. Blue, a temporary watchman.

The Ranch Company is blading — scraping with a blade— East Las Palmas Avenue, as well as streets in town.

The fire department is now out of debt incurred with the purchase of new equipment, thanks to a generous donation by Yancey Lumber Co.

A low turnout has closed the Patterson Theater, maybe permanently. Manager A.W. Gow has returned to his home in Petaluma.

An unnamed Patterson man with stomach problems is about halfway through a 20-day fast.

A Monday afternoon “rough house” at the Del Puerto Club brought out Constable Morehouse to quell the action. The establishment is often referred to as “the kindergarten.”

High school trustees have decided to hire their own principal when the school opens next term, rather than using the grammar school administrator, as has been discussed.

—Irrigator archives

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