Patterson's Past
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25 years ago — March 3, 1988

Formation of a Patterson tax district to support the downtown will not move forward, based on strong objections voiced by business owners at a meeting this week of the City Council.

Jim Melo has purchased the machine shop founded in 1927 by Walter Filippini from Homer Johnson.

50 years ago — March 7, 1963

Tragedy struck Tuesday noon when fire spread through a south Patterson home and took the lives of two 4-year-old cousins.

Two local businesses have grand openings planned this weekend. Perry Fraser has purchased the local variety store, while Roland Law of Newman will open a dress shop. Both are on Del Puerto Avenue. At the same time, the Patterson Bakery, owned by Anthony Mendonca, will close its doors.

The dates during which the Patterson & Western narrow-gauge railroad operated in Del Puerto Canyon have been found in the Irrigator files by train hobbyist Dan Ranger of Vallejo. Those dates are April 1, 1917, to August 14, 1920.

75 years ago — March 11, 1938

After breaking the high-water record a week ago, the San Joaquin River set a new mark of 19 feet, 5 inches at the Patterson Water Co. intake — 19 inches above the high set in 1922. Local levees are under constant patrol.

The media has spread wild claims about flooding here, including an Albuquerque radio station that reported 7,000 people being made homeless on the Burkhard Ranch.

An Oakland man, divorced from his wife, went on a wild bender after she said she would return to him if he quit drinking. He ended up in the barn at the A. Ghisletta ranch and was given 90 days in jail.

100 years ago — March 6, 1913

The Southern Pacific’s Patterson agent, W.E. Spencer, is one of two railroad employees in the Stockton division to have his depot earn a “perfect” rating. The other is at Volta. At the same time, it is reported that someone stole Spencer’s pet rooster.

The Forward Society of the Norwegian Luther Church held an enjoyable social at the home of O.P. Olson.

The Young Peoples’ branch of the WCTU met Friday evening, and the Rev. Irving Bristol of the Anti-Saloon League spoke to a packed house Sunday evening at the Presbyterian Church.

The Patterson Drug Store will install an iceless soda machine that is expected to be the only soda fountain in Patterson this summer.

The Belgian Horse Co. will have its stallion Champagne here this season and available for stud. The French-Canadian stallion Tony Oak, owned by H. Jons of Patterson, will be available for $15 at the Hansen Ranch four miles west of the town.

Patterson Ranch Co. employees are now using three motorcycles to get around.

— Irrigator archives

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