Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago — Jan. 7, 1988

The first baby born in 1988 at Del Puerto Hospital is Ivan Rangel, who arrived Saturday evening, Jan. 2. He is the son of Maria and Juan Rangel.

The Patterson High wrestling team brought home the first-place trophy from the Bret Harte tournament, the fourth consecutive year the Tigers have won the event.

The Patterson City Council is considering the purchase of land on Ward Avenue for the development of a sports park.

50 years ago — Jan. 3, 1963

First-class postage will jump to 5 cents next week. Postmaster Richard Phillips also notes that his office should qualify to become a first-class office as of July 1, a status based on annual postal receipts.

Monty Bacon will manage the local Stanislaus Implement & Hardware facility.

Merlin Thorkelson will chair the upcoming Patterson March of Dimes drive.

The local temperature dropped to 24 degrees last Thursday and Friday.

75 years ago — Jan. 7, 1938

School trustees have turned down a hot lunch program for elementary youngsters because of a lack of parent interest.

The Southern Pacific Co. has announced plans to cut local passenger service for Patterson from four to two trains a day. Mail will be hauled by truck rather than train.

High school Principal E.E. Wellemeyer has announced plans to start night exercise classes in the gym two nights a week. One class accommodating local businessmen will offer indoor baseball, volleyball and modified basketball, as well as boxing.

100 years ago — Jan. 2, 1913

A mysterious meeting that attracted about 30 people was held in Edwards Hall last week, its apparent purpose to form an organization of businessmen to oppose Patterson’s Chamber of Commerce. Bowditch Morton did most of the talking, but the only action was a vote not to form the organization.

The Chamber of Commerce favors planting several rows of eucalyptus trees along Salado Creek at the northern edge of town to serve as a windbreak. T.W. Patterson will be asked to donate the property.

Walter Brown has been appointed Patterson’s rural mail carrier, succeeding J.A. Craig, who held the position for several months on an interim basis.

— Irrigator archives

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