Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — April 30, 1987

The Patterson Police Department is targeting abandoned cars not only on city streets, but also on private property. Some are dangerous and others eyesores.

Del Puerto Hospital Foundation’s third annual spring auction, to take place Friday night at the Del Puerto Hotel, is an overwhelming sellout.

Reporter Maddy Houk, who left her position on maternity leave in 1983, is back at her desk at the Patterson Irrigator.

50 years ago — April 26, 1962

Gov. Edmund G. Brown has added his weight to the idea of a highway between Patterson and San Jose. He is requesting federal funds for the project.

The Patterson Pacers, a square-dancing group that formed three years ago, named Mert and Mary Luiz as the new presidents.

Fishing in the Delta-Mendota Canal is being considered.

75 years ago — April 30, 1937

Three little girls broke both bones in their forearms this past week in separate falls. They are Violet Warren, Ruth Anderson and Betty Banks.

The West Side has been promised a traffic officer by the Highway Patrol. A patrolman has long been sought by the Chamber of Commerce.

A professional hill climb was staged last weekend in Del Puerto Canyon under the sponsorship of the Modesto Motorcycle Club. The winning time for the 600-foot climb was 18.49 seconds, posted by a Los Angeles rider.

100 years ago — April 25, 1912

Frank G. Gill was given a surprise birthday party last Friday night when a large group of friends showed up at his farm residence.

Richard Dunning of Petaluma and J. Tuck will soon open a movie theater in Patterson, having taken a three-year lease on a lot next to Brown’s pool hall on South Third Street. They plan to erect a frame building in the next two weeks that will seat at least 250.

Next Wednesday, May 1, Patterson businesses will close their doors for the day, and everyone is invited to a May Day celebration a few miles into Del Puerto Canyon under the sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce. School will be dismissed so that all children may participate. The new Patterson Concert Band will give its first concert at the gathering.

A means for the disposal of garbage was discussed by the Chamber of Commerce.

A party of six arrived last week from Nebraska, and all but one, E.L. Ford, purchased property here before returning to the Midwest. They were C.P. Meecham, A.T. Meecham, Robert Evans, Charles McCormac, Thomas Campbell and E.L. Ford.

E.B. Gearhart and E.F. Hibbard have gone into the honey business, starting with 85 beehives.

Using 10 mules and a scraper, the Patterson Ranch Co. has been putting Patterson’s dirt streets into shape.

—Irrigator archives

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