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Patterson's Past

25 years ago — March 17, 1983

Westside Bank, Patterson’s newest business, opened Tuesday on the circle. Pat Wells is the manager. Other staff members are Maria Silva, Gloria Inaudi, Jeanette Thomas and Dolores Gault.

A lone gunman walked into the Crows Landing branch of Lloyds Bank at noon Wednesday and left with an unspecified amount of cash. He is also suspected of recent bank robberies in Empire and Hilmar.

Patterson’s rainfall this week became the heaviest since local record-keeping began in 1912. The record stands at 21.56 inches, while the average to this date is 8.45 inches and the seasonal average is 10.70.

50 years ago — March 13, 1958

The first of what is expected to be a series of meetings on the subject of unifying the Patterson, Gustine and Orestimba high school districts will take place next week.

Richard Ray, a 6-foot-4 Patterson High basketball player, has been named to the All-League team.

Jack Vizzolini will serve as president of the Rotary Club for the coming year.

Services are planned for Mary Rogers, 90, one of the West Side’s early settlers. She moved to the area in 1892 when she married Manuel Rogers and continued to live on a ranch west of Patterson. A daughter, Emily Hanson, survives her.

75 years ago — March 17, 1933

The state Banking Department has suspended operation of the Bank of Newman, which has four branches on the West Side, because of a decline in assets. The branches didn’t open Wednesday after a state bank holiday was declared. The bank has submitted a reorganization plan to the state.

City Councilman F.S. Harrison is pushing for repeal of the city’s “little Volstead Act,” which prohibits the sale of alcohol in Patterson. He said at least seven bootleggers were operating in the city, with no attempt being made to control them. Harrison said he sought “to end the hypocrisy of such a situation.”

The Chamber of Commerce has discussed a proposed bridge across the San Joaquin River east of Patterson, as well as a retaining dam that would raise the water level for irrigation purposes.

A janitor at Las Palmas School has been fined $10 for slapping a student, who he said continually refused to abide by school rules. The boy’s father brought the charge.

Patterson Irrigator archives.

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