Patterson Unified School District has welcomed 1,952 students to the district’s seven schools. Harney School in the San Antone Valley is the district’s smallest school, with 17 students, and Patterson High School is the largest with 495 students. Eleven new teachers were hired over the summer, which, after last year’s departures, equals one more teacher for the upcoming year.
The Patterson Irrigator newspaper noted its 74th birthday Aug. 31. Newspaper publisher Ron Swift came to Patterson a year after the paper’s 50th birthday and celebrated with the staff this week with pastry from Thee Bakery.
Mayor Pat Maisetti has announced she will run for county clerk during the November 1986 election. Her term as mayor expires at that time.
Joyce Barfuss, secretary of the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from her post. Barfuss cited her increased workload with the U.S. Census Bureau, where she also is employed.
Sept. 1, 1960 — 50 years ago
Local schools will open for the fall semester Tuesday with three days of classes in the first week of school — both Monday, Labor Day, and Friday, Admission Day, are holidays.
Patterson police are cracking down on juvenile auto drivers who lack an operators’ license. Police Chief Alex Kosich said youngsters must be 16 years old before they can obtain a driver’s license. A record of offense will be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and young drivers will not be able to get licenses for six months after they celebrate their 16th birthdays.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy and members of his staff will make a campaign tour of the San Joaquin Valley on Sept. 8 and 9 in an 11-car Southern Pacific train. The short stops closest to Patterson will be in Modesto and Turlock.
Aug. 30, 1935 — 75 years ago
The Federated Church trustees will meet to consider possible steps after the disastrous blaze last week that razed the Presbyterian Church and social hall.
The swimming pool at Patterson High School is almost complete, with just a few days of work left to be done.
A popularity contest to select the queen of the Sept. 28 and 29 Horsethief Bend Celebration will be launched next week.
Patterson elementary schools are preparing to open Sept. 10. Faculty assignments to classes have been completed, and building renovations and improvements are nearly ready for the students.
Information for this column was gathered from Irrigator archives.