Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — Feb. 19, 1987

ACE Hardware will have its grand opening late this week, having bought out the Coast-to-Coast inventory.

Patterson High’s wrestling team swept to the section dual meet championship last Saturday in Lodi, besting Bret Harte, Lincoln and Calaveras on its way to completing a perfect 23-0 season. The Tigers have lost only one of their past 78 dual meets.

Sofia Gonzales has been crowned winter homecoming queen at PHS.

50 years ago — Feb. 15, 1962

Boy Scout Troop 81 of Patterson has been named the troop of the year in the Yosemite Council. Cecil Nelson serves as scoutmaster.

Patterson will hold an art festival in May in the downtown park, sponsored by this newspaper. Plans call for making it an annual event.

Pvt. Vern Hooper Jr. has completed basic training and is taking further training in Florida.

Patterson High wrestlers Roger Morrison and David Tyler recorded second-place finishes in the league tournament.

75 years ago — Feb. 19, 1937

One of the first trees planted more than 25 years ago in the new community of Patterson, a eucalyptus on the downtown circle next to the Patterson Ranch Co. offices, was cut down this week. A freeze several years ago killed most of the huge tree.

Another inch of rain has flooded river bottom lands, including the Patterson golf course.

Northern valley dentists who belong to the Yosemite district of the state dental society met here Friday at Mack’s Palm Room and elected local dentist Dr. G.L. Bettencourt as the district’s president.

100 years ago — Feb. 15, 1912

Patterson now has its own library, a branch of the county library system, which will be open for two hours Wednesday evenings and another two Saturday afternoons. Miss Vada Kirk will serve as its first librarian and initially has 58 volumes to check out.

English elm trees are being planted along south Patterson streets by the Patterson Ranch Co.

Plans are being made to form a motorcycle club here, as numerous machines have been purchased. Lloyd Estee this week purchased a Yale from H.L. Michael, local representative of the Yale company.

Values of local farmland are increasing rapidly. It is anticipated that within seven years, values of land planted in alfalfa and English walnuts will increase to $1,000 to $2,500 per acre.

J.B. Leverton of Madera was in town last week making plans to construct a two-story brick building on North Third Street.

Although Shimmin Bros. recently completed an extension to their blacksmith shop on Second Street for an automotive garage, they still find themselves in need of space and will add on to their building. They just received a carload of Studebaker wagons, while John Deere rakes, wagons and mowers are on the way.

— Irrigator archives

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