Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — Oct. 9, 1986

The local police department is now using radar to check the speed of drivers.

Pattersonites experienced an unusual month in September. Not a single burglary was reported — not so much as a bicycle. Police Chief Richard Bull, who joined the department in 1976, said he can’t remember a similar month.

The severe cutback of local library hours from 36 a week to 18 will likely be upped to 28 in the near future.

Christine Wilkinson is the new president of the Patterson 4-H Club.

The proposed Moose Lodge here needs 20 more signers to get a charter. More than 80 have already expressed interest.

The Tiger gridders posted their second straight shutout while beating LeGrand 17-0.

50 years ago — Oct. 5, 1961

Patterson Canning Co. officials announced that a new warehouse will be constructed to enable the company to diversify its packaging.

The Community Chest, with Brice Draper as its president, has kicked off its annual drive.

Student records, cafeteria receipts and bank statements were taken in a burglary at the Grayson School, along with all of the school’s trophies.

About 150 young people showed up Friday night at the opening of Patterson’s new youth center.

75 years ago — Oct. 2, 1936

Upcoming work to concrete-line the laterals of the Patterson Water Co. will employ up to 200 men.

The Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a permanent patrol officer to be assigned to the West Side.

More dinosaur bones have been discovered in the hills west of Patterson, this time by members of the Gustine High School science class. GHS graduate Alan Bennison found bones earlier this year.

Patterson attorney William Logan has requested that county supervisors complete this missing quarter-mile link of Del Puerto Canyon Road to the Santa Clara County line.

100 years ago — Oct. 5, 1911

L.G. Sinnard has resigned as sales manager for Patterson Irrigator Farms, and the Paine Investment Co. of Omaha is now in charge of selling local farmland.

A new canal will be dug to bring water to about 2,000 acres on the west side of Patterson.

Ah Soo, manager of the California restaurant here, has sworn out an arrest warrant for Jack Burns, who last week quit his Patterson Ranch Co. job and quickly left town, owing the restaurateur about $75.

English walnuts are being found to be an excellent border tree along local farmland.

A branch of the county library will open in Patterson the first of the year.

Las Palmas Avenue will soon be graveled by the county about a mile eastward from the railroad tracks. That’s also the case for the county road from Patterson north beyond Del Puerto Creek.

The Southern Pacific Co. has put on a night watchman at the Del Puerto Creek bridge for the duration of the railroad strike.

J.B. Smith arrived in Patterson on Saturday with a dozen head of mules to be used by contractor Peter Hoare on the construction of new irrigation canals and reservoirs.

• Items for this column are gathered from Patterson Irrigator archives.

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