Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – August 18, 1988

Sixth grade teacher Royce Sappenfield, after missing a full year in the classroom while recovering from serious leg injuries, will soon be back before his students. His legs were crushed between two vehicles in an accident just outside Washington, D.C. caused by a drunk driver. His family was vacationing at the time.

A water truck belonging to Thorkelson Farms was stolen last week and soon rolled over at the intersection of Highway 33 and Marshall Road. The driver fled but was later apprehended. Owner Merlin Thorkelson shook his head when commenting, “Who would steal a water truck?”

Ogden Martin Systems, Inc. cranked up its new garbage burning plant this week for a test run. It is located west of Crows Landing.

50 years ago – August 22, 1963

A number of north Patterson students held their own benefit carnival last week at the Draper residents. Paul Draper and Jim Wilkinson organized the event, assisted by six others, and raised funds to buy toys to be donated to Del Puerto Hospital.

Maybelle Gill is the new Chamber of Commerce secretary, succeeding Dorothy Harrison.

Gloria Chin posted a 214 game, the highest score of the season in the Patterson Trios Bowling League. Donna Del Nero has a high series of 553.

Hallway and basement lockers in the main building at Patterson High have been moved to other campus locations and a large trophy case has taken their place in the hall.

75 years ago – August 19, 1938

Patterson High School will delay opening the fall term for a week to allow students to earn extra dollars in the fruit picking season.

An employee at the Shell Oil Co. pumping plant at Crows Landing has drowned in the San Joaquin while spearing frogs in the San Joaquin River. He was alone in his boat.

The local American Legion post will host the organization’s state commander this Saturday with a dinner at the Del Puerto Hotel. He is from Riverside.

100 years ago – August 23, 1913

The Patterson Chamber of Commerce has its first woman member. She is Mrs. M.N. Bridgham, a farm owner in the colony. She is a former newspaper writer in Los Angeles. Upon receiving her application, the chamber directors found there was nothing in the bylaws prohibiting her membership.

Cost estimates for farmers to start up their only telephone service have been prepared. The cost to install five miles of line out Walnut to Elm Avenues is $177, or $44 a subscriber for the first year, plus a $6 switching fee. Subsequent years would run $6 each, plus a small maintenance fee. In-town service by the Evans Telephone Co. is running from $18 to $24 a year.

Night watchman J.W. Blue found a bay mare wandering around town this week. It was later claimed by its owner.

Prof. Connell, principal of the new Patterson Union High School, arrived last week with his family and is residing on North Fourth Street. This week he is meeting with prospective students to set their course of studies. Classes are expected to start for the first time in the grammar school.

The board of the Patterson Grammar School is asking for bids to provide bus transportation for local youngsters. New busses are on order but have not yet arrived, so that low bidders may initially have to provide their own vehicles.

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