Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – July 7, 1988

The Rev. Kevin Collins, who comes here from Los Angeles, has begun his duties serving the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish.

Also new to Patterson is the Rev. Blake Busick, who will serve with the Federated Church. He comes here from Greenville and succeeds the Rev. Gary Grundman.

AFS student Diego Bartolomeo, who lived this past year with the Dale and Diana Borman while attending Patterson High, has returned to his native Argentina. While here, Bartolomeo was on the football and track and field teams.

50 years ago – July 11, 1963

Ground is about to be broken on South El Circulo for the new Klein’s Market.

Several parents of high school students this week appeared before the school board to complain about the printing of the school’s annual, the Del Puerto. The school bought a press and printed the annual in-house for the first time.

Patterson’s Ernie Rose will be gunning for his sixth national title when he races his Lil’ Bee on the waters of Lake Yosemite this weekend.

Taxi owner Rudy Ulmer has complained to the City Council about the police department’s policy of hauling intoxicated people to their homes or nearby labor camps.

75 years ago – July 8, 1938

The prevailing price being paid for this year’s apricot crop appears to be $20 a ton.

Lawrence Harrison, a Fresno State graduate, has been hired to fill a vacancy on the Patterson High School faculty. He will teach commercial studies and coach both basketball and baseball, which he played in college.

The railroads are currently engaged in a price war, with the round trips to San Francisco and Los Angeles being cut to $2.65 and $9.15 respectively.

100 years ago – July 12, 1913

Patterson’s railroad depot, getting increased business as the community grows, will now be open at night, according to agent W.S. Rieff. A third staff member will be added.

Van Dyke Todd is the new pastor of the Baptist Church, coming here from Richmond.

The Patterson Concert Band performed in Crows Landing Tuesday evening, but a disappointing audience of only half a dozen turned out.

Efforts will be made a second time to organize an Odd Fellows Lodge in Patterson. It is estimated that between 40 and 50 local residents belong to I.O.O.F. lodges elsewhere.

Author Jack London, a friend of Irrigator Publisher Elwyn Hoffman, was operated on this week in an Oakland hospital for appendicitis.

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