Several Patterson area residents who have retired from business will be honored Saturday night at a dinner at the Westley Hotel. The Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce will recognize John Grischott, Roy Klein, Jim and Mary Pat Thompson, Bob English, Marge Stewart and Dr. Vernon Goutiere.
The Traina Family, father Justin A. and sons Joe and Willie, have purchased the Westley Hotel from LeRoy Del Don. The plan is to refurbish the interior of the 1929 building and pave the parking area.
John Ielmini, president of Patterson Frozen Foods, is the new chairman of the California League of Food Processors.
Mike Mattos will host the 11th annual gathering of military vehicle and equipment owners this weekend at Frank Raines Park in Del Puerto Canyon.
50 years ago – April 23, 1964
The City Council this week elected Edward H. Freidel, Sr. as Patterson’s new mayor.
Stan Beasley will succeed Fred Stone as varsity coach at Patterson High. He will be assisted by Jim Ennis, who will also serve as the community’s part-time recreation director.
Mario Ielmini was given a surprise party Tuesday evening at the Del Puerto Hotel, honoring him for his long service to the community. Some 140 friends and guests attended. That same evening he completed 12 years on the City Council, the last four as mayor. He did not seek re-election.
Ed Rogers reports that dog packs have killed 25 of his turkeys west of town.
75 years ago – April 21, 1937
Bids for construction of 24 housing units in Westley for farm workers were opened Monday in San Francisco. The low bid was just over $43,000.
Edna Keechler has been re-elected secretary of the Modesto Ski Club.
New 20-30 Club members are Jack Stewart, Charles Weiss, Joe Azevedo, Elwyn Delphia and Bloid Thompson.
Plans are advancing for a golf driving range on Patterson Water Co. property near the high school swimming pool.
100 years ago – April 25 1914 1914
An expected 125 businessmen from Stockton will tour the West Side by chartered train late next week. Autos are being organized to take them on a tour of our Colony.
Alice Benson, a student at Patterson High, has been selected to compete for queen of Stanislaus County, the winner to represent this county at next Friday’s Raisin Day celebration in Fresno.
Signs requiring the wearing of bathing suits have been posted at the reservoirs of the Patterson Water Co. Violators will be arrested under a state law.
With construction work to soon begin on the new high school building, school trustees and the Chamber of Commerce will organize a public cornerstone laying ceremony.
—Ron Swift, Museum Curator