Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — March 12, 1987

A 30-year-old Kansas man, John Nachbar, was chosen from a field of 73 applicants to be Patterson’s next city manager, succeeding Henry Hestling.

Patterson High’s boys basketball team completed its best season, finishing second in the section behind St. Patrick’s of Vallejo. The Tigers ended their season with a 25-4 mark, the TVL championship and three tournament titles. Birdie Rodriguez was the league’s MVP, while Jerry Noah and David Chavez were first all-league selections. Noah also received the Mitchell Gomes award for accomplishments on the court and in the classroom, and coach Dave Klein was named coach of the year.

50 years ago — March 8, 1962

Patterson’s long-awaited home mail delivery within the city boundaries has been delayed, waiting for the county to complete its new rural numbering system.

Four Patterson High seniors have earned Bank of America Achievement Awards. They are Sandra Satterberg, David Voit, Marie Del Nero and David Tyler.

Corliss Bessey, a PHS junior, has won the local Lions Club Student Speakers Contest.

75 years ago — March 12, 1937

A suggestion has been made to the City Council that Patterson begin licensing cats, as well as dogs.

Dr. George Bettencourt of Patterson has been given a one-year appointment as county dentist.

Plans for a county tuberculosis hospital in Del Puerto Canyon serving 70 patients have been submitted to the state.

100 years ago — March 7, 1912

Hatfield “The Rainmaker” has fled these parts after failing to provide local farmers with needed precipitation. Fortunately, we received a couple of days of moisture following his departure.

Well-known Patterson farmer Henry Bock has reportedly won an $800 bet with Walt Nevins of Westley, John Elfers and others that local rainfall wouldn’t exceed 3 inches by March 1.

Chamber of Commerce directors discussed four major topics of local concern — formation of a high school district, installation of street lights, need for telephone service, and location of a cemetery. The board also cautioned local farmers against forming their own school district in the rural area, instead urging them to send their children to school in Patterson.

A.J. MacDonald, chief engineer of the Associated Oil Co.’s pipeline station just north of Patterson, lost his big toe in a Saturday hunting accident. He reportedly was lying on his back in a ditch waiting for ducks to fly overhead when he cocked his shotgun without raising it from his side. The discharge removed his toe.

Ben and Dick are a prize team of bays weighing about 2,200 pounds each that are observed pulling the Standard Oil Co.’s wagon around town, a chore they have undertaken for about 12 years, since the plant was established here.

The exterior of the new $5,500 Swedish Church is about complete.

Former San Francisco Mayor “Jimmie” Phelan visited Patterson last week and was favorably impressed.

—Irrigator archives

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