Patterson’s population grew by 13.4 percent this past year (1986), making the city the 14th fastest-growing municipality in California. Its head count is estimated at 6,090, and Planning Director Harter Brunch estimates it will climb to 7,500 by the end of this year, a 24 percent increase.
Three Patterson High seniors are Bank of America plaque award recipients. They are Jerry Noah, liberal arts; Rick Day, applied arts; and Craig Goodman, science and math.
Joe Tyler, an ordained minister who is well known here as Patterson’s UPS driver, will be in the pulpit this Sunday at the Evangelical Covenant Church.
50 years ago — May 10, 1962
The basement boiler and maintenance room at Del Puerto Hospital has been stocked with emergency provisions and has been designated a disaster shelter, the first in Patterson.
Patterson High senior David Voit’s science fair entry placed fourth among 387 entries from six countries at Seattle’s World’s Fair.
Virginia Zacharias Bubka will journey behind the Iron Curtain next fall on a People-to-People agricultural visit.
Bob Rodney smacked a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Patterson Boosters an 11-9 win over the Stockton Trojans in the season’s opener.
Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco will speak here before the Patterson Rotary Club, discussing his recent travels to Russia.
Team captain Mike Mahaffey won the league singles title and paced the Patterson Tigers to the league championship over Los Banos, 3-2. Other team members are Ricky Zarcone, Sid Johnson, Noel Lefforge, Ken Almquist, Steve Adams and John Kinnear.
75 years ago — May 14, 1937
Trustees have boosted the minimum salary for elementary teachers to comply with a new state law. The minimum salary was raised from $1,150 a year to $1,320, while the maximum was increased to $1,420.
Jack Schofield, a Marysville officer, will soon be transferred here to become the West Side’s first traffic officer.
County supervisors have opened bids on supplies needed to build a tuberculosis hospital on county property far up Del Puerto Canyon.
William Grummett, one of the very first Anglos to be born in this area, has died in San Francisco at age 70. He had lived all of his life in the Westley-Grayson area until his recent illness. His remains were interred in the Grayson Cemetery.
100 years ago — May 9, 1912
Stanislaus County voters will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide the liquor issue — wet or dry. The Patterson area has about 300 registered voters
All Patterson stores but the Bank of Patterson closed for the May Day celebration last Wednesday in Del Puerto Canyon. Because students were excused from school for the day, a large crowd participated in daylong fun and games. State regulations required the bank to remain open.
A treasured pet monkey named Big, belonging to H.L. Heintz, died last week after getting loose and drinking paint elsewhere in the neighborhood.
The Federated Church has filed papers for incorporation with the county. Its new directors are John E. Norton, H.P. Taylor, George L. Finister, Cad Ellis, John H. Utz and Hattie Lee.
The 9-year-old son of the Roy Fyes drowned last Thursday in a local canal. His body was shipped to Sibley, Iowa.