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

David Calvillo, a 14-year-old who learned CPR in an eighth-grade science course, used the emergency technique to save the life of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a 3-foot canal near the end of Prune Avenue.

The last in a long series of growth forums sponsored by city government demonstrated more than any previous gathering that growth is an emotional, volatile issue in Patterson.

Ellen Sullivan is Sacred Heart School’s new principal.

50 years ago — July 26, 1962

Budgeting for a fiscal year deficit of more than $27,000, Del Puerto Hospital’s directors were pleased to learn that the year ran only $1,142 in the red.

The city has approved installation of an air-conditioner in the west room of the Center Building.

A city ordinance will be drawn up declaring war on mistletoe in trees within the city.

75 years ago — July 30, 1937

A throng of moviegoers turned out Wednesday evening, July 28, for the grand opening of the Patterson Theatre on the 24th wedding anniversary of owners Elmer and Vada Fink. Carpet laying in the new building wasn’t finished until early evening, delaying opening of the doors for about 30 minutes.

Their job done, apricot pickers are now leaving the area after harvesting the heaviest local crop in history.

John Bertolosso was tired of traveling 25 to 30 miles to buy bait to go fishing, so he has added bait and other sporting goods to his fruit and vegetable business.

100 years ago — July 25, 1912

A large crowd gathered Monday evening at the home of J.E. Norton to give Irrigator Editor Elwyn Hoffman a surprise birthday party. He refused to reveal his age; nor did his mother, who was a guest attendee.

Town founder T.W. Patterson last week brought a guest along on a trip up from Fresno — Baron A. Bril from Palestine. The baron has vast land holdings in his country but rates Patterson’s new irrigation system as “the best in the world.”

Local farmer Fred Bartch, who has been in business on the West Side for 40 years, soon plans to retire and build himself a new home. He has sold some land but still owns 2600 acres.

T.W. Patterson has offered to donate lots on South Fourth Street for the construction of a Methodist Church.

—Irrigator archives

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