Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago — Jan. 14, 1988

School officials showed cautious optimism this week when the district’s CAP scores for the 1986-87 school year showed steady improvement.

The Chamber of Commerce has greeted two new businesses. Ribbon cuttings were held for Curtiss Group, the new Ford dealer, and for Affordable Lock and Key.

The Patterson High wrestling team — 39-1 in dual meets during the past five seasons — opened defense of its league title with a convincing win over a strong Riverbank team.

50 years ago — Jan. 10, 1963

A vista point overlook has been proposed for the new Interstate 5 freeway, in the area of Oak Flat Road.

To no one’s surprise, the county Committee on School District Organization has voted 11-1 favoring the unification of the Patterson area’s four school districts –— Patterson High and Patterson Elementary, as well as Grayson and Rising Sun elementary districts. The final decision will be by public vote, probably next fall.

75 years ago — Jan. 14, 1938

A flock of wild geese visited Patterson several nights this past week, feeding in vacant lots in the area of North Fourth Street and possibly lost in the foggy weather.

The varsity football team has selected Tony Azevedo as its most valuable player during the fall campaign. Official letter sweaters have been adopted by the Block P Club at the high school.

Hot lunches being prepared by the Del Puerto yearbook staff are meeting with acceptance at the high school.

100 years ago — Jan. 9, 1913

The fledgling Evans Telephone Co. has received shipment of its new switchboard, which has a capacity of 150 light drops and 40 magneto lines. Owner J.H. Evans is still awaiting arrival of additional parts before providing phone service to Patterson customers.

Nurseryman G.A. Mertes has provided 8,000 Burbank crimson winter rhubarb plants to M. Miller, while Mr. Heflinger has purchased 1,500 Burbank spineless cactus plants from him. Hez Jones has ordered Himalayan and Mammoth blackberry plants. Apple, peach, apricot, cherry, plum and pear trees are also being purchased for local orchards.

Pioneer resident Polly Rolston Hammonds has died here at age 80. She leaves 10 children, five of them Patterson-area residents, including a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Brown, with whom she lived on a ranch a few miles west of Patterson. The deceased had lived in this area since 1868.

The newly organized Methodist Episcopal Church plans to erect a house of worship at a cost of no less than $2,500. On the committee to solicit funds are Charles G. Hamilton, Hattie Lee and the Rev. W.H. Mumper.

—Irrigator archives

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