Vince Rucobo, who last year served as the interim principal at Oakridge High School, is set to take the reins of Patterson High when classes begin next Monday.
The Blackhawk Corporation is showing interest in developing on Patterson’s west side. Preliminary plans call for up to 2000 acres include high-priced homes, a possible gated community, and a golf course. Patterson’s city government has taken no action on the proposal.
The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a free Thursday night concert in the downtown park, featuring the Moon Dog band from Modesto.
School bus driver Irene Gomes has been honored by the CHP for 100,000 accident-free miles. She has been driving a school bus for 11 years.
50 years ago – August 29, 1963
Patterson’s Western Auto Store has been sold by Eugene Nelson to John Hoffman, a New Jersey man.
Mark Pepple has returned home from Argentina after a year’s stay under the AFS program. Also arriving here from Buenos Aires is Raquel Troccoli, who will teach Spanish at Patterson High. She’s here on a teacher exchange program that sent teacher Louis Ross to Argentina.
Sacred Heart Catholic School will open Tuesday for its second year, this one adding a fifth grade. Over 130 students are expected to be enrolled.
75 years ago – August 26, 1938
The third annual West Stanislaus Bean Growers Association picnic drew a whopping crowd of 2,200 people last weekend. The attendees consumed some 1800 of barbecued beef. The growers beat the Patterson businessmen in both the traditional ball game and also a game of tug-of-war. Games were played with Harold Arambel and Floren Grischott taking the prizes for the small boys and Betty Howell and Freda Hansen the prizes for the girls under 18.
The City Council will ask local voters to approve a $10,000 bond issue for the purpose of constructing a new $20,000 city hall.
An armed robbery of the Green Lunch Room in Westley netted $50 and was the first such incident in this area in years.
100 years ago – August 30, 1913
Work is now underway on the new Patterson Garage building (now McAuley Ford) being constructed by T.W. Patterson. Kirk Bros. is the contractor.
F.S. Harrison, who started with the local post office in the fall of 1910 as a clerk, has been reappointed postmaster for another four years.
All Patterson schools are slated to open Monday, Sept. 1, for the fall term, despite the day being a federal holiday. Patterson Union High School has about 25 students signed up for its inaugural opening, with about that many more expected in the days ahead. The two rural schools, North on Magnolia Avenue and the other south of Las Palmas Avenue, will open for the first time in the Adams and Cavanaugh homes respectively. Cad Ellis and Walter Kirk have been retained to provide transportation to town and to the rural schools with their own wheels, as the vehicles ordered by the two districts have not yet arrived.
A new retail, repair and shoe manufacturing business will soon open in Patterson by H.A. Fuller (no joke), who comes here from Los Angeles.