Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — April 9, 1987

It’s somewhat of a spoof, but nevertheless Westley will hold its Pig’s Foot Festival this Saturday and Sunday, complete with a parade and four contests — pig’s foot eating, pig’s foot recipes and bota wine drinking. A hog-calling contest invites all comers.

Felipe Garza Park, named for the late 15-year-old whose heart was transplanted into Donna Ashlock, 14, will be dedicated Sunday afternoon.

Winners of the Chamber of Commerce’s poster contest are Patterson High students Jessie Garcia, Tony Allegos, Matt Lara, Jorge LeRand and Phil Bettencourt.

50 years ago — April 5, 1962

Elementary school teachers will receive a $150-a-year salary increase. A beginning teacher will start at $4,850, while the maximum salary is $7,300.

There’s no opposition in next Tuesday’s City Council election. Three candidates, Hal Jahn, Brice Draper and incumbent Thomas Lawson, are unchallenged for three seats.

Entry blanks are ready for May 26 Art Festival in the city park, sponsored by the Patterson Irrigator. Organizers hope to make the show an annual event.

It is planned to raise $50,000 from stock sales to construct a bowling alley in Patterson.

A state Senate resolution asks for federal funding to fulfill the 30-year dream of a highway through Del Puerto Canyon from Patterson to San Jose.



75 years ago — April 9, 1937

The West Stanislaus Irrigation District plans to concrete-line all of its canals over the next five years.

County Supervisor Frank Raines has announced that a power line will be run up Del Puerto Canyon to serve the prison camp there.

Vera Rabbiosa and Stanley Cox carried the lead roles in the successful senior play, “Growing Pains.”

The Business Girls’ Club, having completed its six-month probationary period, will receive its charter next Tuesday.

Jack Watson, Leo Verschelden and Ed Seeley are new fire department members.

100 years ago — April 4, 1912

An informal census shows that Patterson’s population has doubled in the past six to eight months. The head count is 510 — 370 adults, 84 children older than 6, and 56 who are 6 and younger.

Although little interest has been shown, the school trustee election will be held tomorrow at the grammar school.

Brick work on the two-story Leverton building on North Third Street was completed last week, despite some workers being pulled off the job. It was claimed that some bricklayers were working with non-union men.

Robert Edwards of Napa will erect a single-story brick building on South Third Street between the Ellis-Hoffman and Solomon stores.

— Irrigator archives

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