Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – April 20, 1989

Northmead School in Patterson has been given the California Distinguished Elementary School Award for its improvement in statewide testing scores.

Nearly 40 employees at Patterson Frozen Foods lost their jobs this week in a major narcotic crackdown.

The largest issue of The Gateway, official publication of the Patterson Township Historical Society, is off the presses. The 32-page issue documents community happenings in the past 20 years since the PTHS was organized. It includes the hiring of the first city manager, Tom Calabrese; the crowning of the first Miss Apricot, Becky Mancuso, in 1971; the first Grayson-Westley reunion in 1986; the razing of both the Patterson High and Northmead school buildings in 1975; the transplant of Felipe Garza, Jr.’s heart to Donna Ashlock in 1986; and the first “Welcome to Patterson” picnic in 1987.

50 years ago – April 16, 1964

Edmundo Chavez has been named Patterson High’s delegate to Boys’ State.

Five Patterson FFA members have received awards in Wells Fargo Bank project competition. Charles Gustafson and Dan Perez received gold awards and Philip Alves, John French and Larry Mancebo earned silver honors.

Madeline Homen is the new president of the Venture Club.

Patterson High may consider adding girls track to its athletic offerings.

Patterson inboards run by Ernie Rose, Wayland Fink and Natz Tabor finish 1-2-3 in last weekend’s Oakland Channel Regatta.

75 years ago – April 14, 1937

Blown tires are not all that uncommon, but five blowouts in one incident? Manuel Costa was crossing the railroad tracks near the cemetery when a front blew, causing him to lose control. His car went down the tracks and three more blew. Costa swerved into a pole, causing the spare tire to make it unanimous. Costa suffered a broken rib.

It’s pea-picking time in the Patterson area. Nineteen carloads were shipped by rail on Wednesday. Picking laborers have flocked to the area, being paid 25 cents a hamper. That brought talk of a strike. Labor contractors are housing most of the workers in their own facilities.

The children of farm laborers have greatly over-crowded the Patterson and Westley schools, with 106 new students here. The county is paying for two additional busses. Space is being found for new classes, with two using the Girl Scout room at the Las Palmas School which has been divided by a partition.

100 years ago – April 18, 1914 1914

Women of the town and Colony have slated a meeting at which keeping Patterson a “dry” community without alcohol offered for sale will be discussed. California voters will decide in the fall whether to make the entire state of California dry.

Caldwell & Son of San Francisco has been awarded the contract to construct the new high school building. Its bid was $46,900, the second lowest of six bids. However, the Johnson Brothers bid, some $4,000 lower, was thrown out because it did not comply with the contract. Two of the bids arrived too late in the mail to be considered.

The Patterson Water Co. has set an irrigation water rate for the season at $3 for two acre feet.

-Ron Swift, Museum Curator
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