25 years ago — Dec. 31, 1987
Alice Lyons has been named the Soroptimist Woman of the Year by club members.
The year 1987 was one of the most memorable for fans of Patterson High sports. Not only did the wrestling team post a 23-0 dual meet season and its fifth straight league title, but the Tigers boys basketball team roared to the section finals, posting a 25-4 overall record and claiming the school’s first league crown in 17 years. Birdie Rodriguez was named the league’s most valuable player.
50 years ago — Dec. 27, 1962
More than 30 food baskets were delivered just before Christmas to Patterson families in need, a project of the Lions Club.
The year 1962 might well be termed the Year of Infancy in Patterson. The state Department of Water Resources, which will oversee construction in this area of the California Aqueduct, opened local offices late in the year. In addition, 1962 saw the opening of Sacred Heart Catholic School and of Cal-Turf North, owned by John Nunes, Jr. Patterson Frozen Foods added a couple of warehouses, and both Charles Correia and Bill Lewis Jr. started work on housing projects. Construction started on a new Masonic Temple, while the Evans Telephone Co. added long-distance dialing to its list of services.
75 years ago — Dec. 31, 1937
A 20-30 Club plan whereby hot lunches would be served to elementary school children is nearing approval. The lunches would be prepared at Northmead School.
John Varni is selling the Westley Hotel to Rinaldo Abrams.
The first cold snap of the season hit this week, with a daily high of 25 degrees being recorded in Westley.
Shoulder lamb roast was selling this week at the Patterson Safeway store for 15 cents a pound.
100 years ago — Dec. 26, 1912
The Patterson library is being moved from the grammar school to the Hotel Del Puerto.
The local post office will move up to a third-class facility because of increased mail volume. It will also increase Postmaster F.S. Harrison’s salary to $1,400 a year.
School trustees will consider building an addition to the grammar school when they meet in January. Because of costs, school plans were scaled back when the building first went up, but the rapid growth of the community has necessitated more space.
— Irrigator archives