The Patterson Unified School District has reported a record enrollment on opening day, with 2,093 students showing up for class.
An agreement has been reached whereby a gigantic pile of tires northwest of Westley will be reduced by about 10 million during a 10-year period by a tire incineration plant. The plan calls for complete elimination of the pile by 2015. Cost of the incinerator, which will create steam to generate electricity, is pegged at $40 million. The pile is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country.
50 years ago — Aug. 30, 1962
Former Vice President Richard Nixon spoke to a packed luncheon crowd Monday afternoon at the Del Puerto Hotel, stressing a strong water policy in his quest for the California governor’s seat. He is running against Gov. Pat Brown.
A number of residents in the Northmead area are seeking annexation into the city.
Patterson may adopt a mistletoe eradication ordinance in an effort to save its street trees.
75 years ago — Sept. 3, 1937
Because of local farm labor needs, the opening of both the high school and elementary schools has been postponed a week until Sept. 13.
The opening and dedication of the long-awaited Las Palmas bridge across the San Joaquin River has been set to coincide with the annual Horsethief Bend celebration Oct. 1 and 2.
A battle in Modesto spearheaded by those opposed to the construction of a tuberculosis hospital in Del Puerto Canyon may force a referendum vote on the issue. The county has postponed opening construction bids.
100 years ago — Aug. 29, 1912
The county school superintendent has agreed that elementary school children in the Patterson area should be transported to the local school, provided that the cost per student is not more than 15 cents a day and that they live farther than two miles from the school. Several local farmers have expressed interest in using their wagons for transportation.
Area farmers are asking that areas north and south of Patterson each have their own separate school districts.
C.J. Carlson has resigned as Patterson’s second postmaster and will be succeeded by his assistant, F.S. Harrison.
The practice of dumping dead livestock in the river bottom has brought continued complaints.
Stanislaus County’s voter registration list for next Tuesday’s primary election adds up to 5,588 Republicans, 2,811 Democrats, 1,201 Prohibitionists and 602 Socialists.
— Irrigator archives