Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – December 15, 1988

Bob English, who has logged over 40 years in the grocery business, is retiring and selling the Plaza Grocery to Peter Doo.

The Patterson Warehouse is being sold to Trinidad/Benham Corp. of Denver. The business is easily the community’s oldest, having started a number of years before Patterson was founded.

Dr. Albert Anderson, recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Patterson Hospital District despite his late withdrawal from the race, has decided to be sworn in for a third term.

The Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas lighting contest has drawn 35 entries.

A public hearing on the city’s new general plan drew between 200 and 300 people Tuesday night, bringing a comment from consultant Laurence Mintier that it was the largest crowd he has experienced at this type of meeting.

50 years ago – December 12, 1963

Patterson’s Community Chest drive has topped $5,000, according to President George Klopping.

The Rev. Merle Thornton is the new pastor of the Assembly of God Church.

The Postal Service is, this year, sending return messages free of charge to children writing to Santa Claus by Dec. 15. The new ZIP code, 99701, must be used in Santa’s address.

The City Council is considering several possible solutions to Patterson’s odorous sewer plant near the San Joaquin River.

75 years ago – December 9, 1938

Because of the tragic accident last week in Utah, new bus regulations have gone into effect in Patterson. Instead of coming to a full stop at rail crossings, the driver must now set the brake, turn off the engine, and get out and stand in the middle of the track to look in both directions.

The West Side Chamber of Commerce has urged the railroad to install flashing signal lights at each of the three crossings between Patterson and Vernalis, but the railroad has pleaded lack of funds.

Betty Reed has earned the highest Girl Scout rank, the Golden Eaglet, never before awarded to a Patterson girl. It will also be the last as the award has been discontinued.

100 years ago – December 13, 1913

A community meeting will be held Saturday afternoon at the grammar school for discussion of the need to construct a high school building. A bond election will soon be held.

In what would have been the very first athletic contest for Patterson High teams didn’t happen last Saturday afternoon. PUHS boys and girls basketball teams were to host Los Banos in outdoor games at the grammar school, but Los Banos cancelled out, saying they already had a contest scheduled at Newman. They didn’t show up at Newman either, citing the weather was too cold.

W.R. Gilbert, brother of O.S. Gilbert, has opened a law office building on South Third Street. He comes here from Waterloo, Iowa.

Last weekend’s Firemen’s Ball drew 105 for dinner.

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