Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 30, 2013 | 1959 views | 0 0 comments | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — May 26, 1988

Jim and Carleen Mahaffey have been tapped as grand marshals of this year’s Apricot Fiesta parade.

The Patterson Police Department presently is four officers short.

Patterson’s annual clean-up drive by the city crew picked up 700 cubic yards of debris.

Land grading began this week for the new 157-home California Palms subdivision on the city’s east side.

50 years ago — May 30, 1963

Dan Ranger Jr. of Vallejo has been spending time in Patterson researching the history of the old Patterson & Western Railroad Co., which ran a line to a magnesite mine far up Del Puerto Canyon back in the days of World War I. This week, he wrote what is planned to be a series of articles about the narrow-gauge railroad.

For the past two years, the Parents’ Club has given away a television set at its spring carnival. Ivan Stewart has won the set both times.

Several local men are working as equipment operators on construction of the new San Luis dam. They are Gil Simpson, Johnny Hoeppen, Don Wigle, Herb Signorotti and Vernon Maurer.

Patterson 4-H Club member Clarice Foiada, 16, has won the county 4-H dress review.

75 years ago — June 3, 1938

Former Minnesota residents now living in Stanislaus County will host their annual gathering this Saturday afternoon in Plaza Park.

Levee breaks along the San Joaquin River again flooded the roadway just east of the Las Palmas bridge.

Parties at the Halley Memorial swimming pool are becoming popular. The eighth grade and FFA had gatherings there last week, while the Grayson School graduating class and the junior class from Newman have events planned this week.

100 years ago — May 31, 1913

The Methodist Church congregation this week gave approval for construction of a building. A suitable lot is being sought.

The Chamber of Commerce is protesting San Francisco’s Hetch-Hetchy water proposal. The chamber also appointed a committee to investigate a rumor that a road from San Jose to Modesto might be aligned through Patterson.

The Patterson concert band may give Saturday night concerts again this summer, but is lacking a bandstand. Last year, the band played on a downtown street corner.

The Home and School Association is promoting community pride. A committee has been appointed to plan a Patterson clean-up day.

—Irrigator archives

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