Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – June 30, 1988

For the second consecutive year, Patterson leads the county in the increase in property tax assessment. That’s not surprising since new housing construction has made the city the fastest growing municipality in the state. The increase over the 1987-88 year is 9.62 percent.

Straight-A students at Patterson High number 18 for the second semester of the school year. They are seniors AFS exchange student Diego Bartolomeo, David Chavez, Terri Days, Jennifer La Torre, Jolynn Norton, Samuel Rodriguez and Armando Villasenor; juniors Lena Best, Leticia Gutierrez, Kathleen Perry, Gretchen Walker and Wendi Washburn; sophomores Renee Froyd, Kimberly Perrett and April Terrero; and freshmen Maria Garcia, Helen Hesling, and Nicholas Walker.

Junior high students Rudy Ramirez, Jr., and Santiago Rodriguez have won first and second prize honors respectively in their divisions of the statewide Poppy Poster Contest sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary.

50 years ago – July 4, 1963

The Quarterback Club has reworked the playing surface of the high school football field.

Joe Medeiros and Ronald Richter are Patterson’s latest Boy Scouts to earn the Eagle rank.

Reta Muller has been hired as assistant city clerk.

Patterson boat racer Ernie Rose has set another world record. Competing last Sunday at the Modesto Reservoir, Rose drove Lil’ Bee to an average of 79.67 mph in two runs in the kilo, a measured mile. He previously held the record but lost it last year to a Van Nuys driver.

Patterson High grad Archie Parker has earned a law degree from Montana State University.

75 years ago – July 1, 1938

A crowd estimated at about 5,000 attended last weekend’s local Pentecost celebration. Eight beeves were slaughtered to serve 3,500 on the grounds Sunday.

The sixth annual Horsethief Bend celebration has been moved ahead a couple of months to mid-July to avoid conflict with other events.

The road east of the Las Palmas Avenue bridge has been reopened after this spring’s floodwaters receded.

The Patterson Fishermen’s Club is preparing a large float for entry in the Gustine 4th of July parade and the upcoming Horsethief Bend celebration.

Saveway Market of Hughson has opened a second store, this one in Westley.

Former constable Ingolf Torvend and Del Puerto Hotel manager Paul Martin have filed papers seeking election to that post.

100 years ago – July 5, 1913

A road over Mt. Hamilton linking San Jose and Modesto is presently being explored, with Crows Landing and Newman interests pushing for the new road in either Orestimba or Salado canyons.

Bartlett pears may soon become a major Patterson area tree crop

The Pattersn Drug Store will soon erect an electric sign, the largest in town.

S.H. Germolus, who owns property on Lemon Avenue, is constructing a large new barn on a concrete foundation.

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