Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — Feb. 11, 1988

School trustees were told this week that students are short-changed by class sizes of 30 and more. The speaker was Marianne Pack, president of the Patterson Teachers Association.

Joe Bene is the city’s interim recreation director.

Eric Terrero netted 33 points to lead the Tigers to a 67-57 win over Hilmar, the team’s most impressive victory of the season.

50 years ago — Feb 14, 1963

Local voters in the high school district will decide at the polls next Tuesday on a tax increase proposal that would add 50 cents per $100 assessed valuation to the present rate of 98 cents. After four years, the higher rate of $1.48would drop to $1.18. Leo Halseth and Lawrence Harrison are co-chairing a citizens committee supporting the increase.

Local florist Domingos Farinha will be one of two guest designers at a Tracy event sponsored by the San Joaquin Floral Association.

Doug Correia won his weight class in the league wrestling tournament, while Larry Mancebo and Bob Mears each placed second.

75 years ago — Feb 18, 1938

The West Side is about to have a permanent traffic patrolman on duty.

Facing serious overproduction this coming season, area apricot and bean growers will host separate meetings to discuss the issue.

The Patterson Theatre, under the proprietorship of Elmer and Vada Fink, is starting to show four different movies a week.

100 years ago — Feb 13, 1913

The Hoffman-Ellis Co., a local general merchandise store, has been sold to J.M. Smith, who previously operated a similar store in Merced.

A Mothers’ Club has been organized at the grammar school, starting with 33 members.

The Ben Hur Company will use 90 slides to present author Lew Wallace’s biblical story at the Patterson Theatre.

Local nurseryman G.A. Mertes has received seeds from South Africa, with which he will grow experimental plants for potential use in the Patterson area.

The Patterson Irrigator is printing 850 copies of each edition as circulation has continued to increase rapidly.

— Irrigator archives

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