Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – September 1, 1988

A study by the Stanislaus Economic Development Corporation gives information about Patterson’s new residents who commute to work. From 1984 to 1987, the city’s populace grew by 1,329, and many commute to work in the Bay Area. The typical new-comer is aged 25-35, is purchasing a home here, is Caucasian and college educated, and has an annual income of between $30,000 and $40,000. Eight of 10 of the new populates drive at least 45 minutes to work.

First day enrollment in the Patterson Unified School District topped 2,500, with 15 new teachers added to the faculty.

50 years ago – September 5, 1963

High school student Steve Hall is returning home from an AFS stay in Istanbul, Turkey.

Patterson High had an enrollment of 388 Tuesday on the opening day of the fall term. Included were 110 freshmen.

Adeline Rapp of Crows Landing continued to reap fair awards. She garnered the sweepstakes award in bread baking at the California State Fair after having placed second a year ago.

75 years ago – September 2, 1938

The city-maintained migrant labor camp on First Street will be closed this week on orders by the City Council. The Azevedo camp nearby will remain open and the new federal camp in Westley will soon be completed.

Constable C.W. Kirk was re-elected Tuesday to a third four-year term, besting two challengers. Justice of the Peace J.M. Kerr was unopposed.

Three elementary teachers will share music instruction this year. It is possible that both a band and an orchestra will be organized.

A federal WPA (Works Progress Administration) project will improve the grounds at Las Palmas School.

100 years ago – September 6, 1913

The Patterson Grammar School opened Monday, but the youngsters were sent home early because construction of the new addition had not quite been completed. They will try again this coming Monday.

Meanwhile, the two new rural schools in the northern and southern areas of the Colony also opened Monday, but because attendance was very low at each, they will be transported into town for class. Their two teachers, Miss Geilsdorf and Miss Perdue, will join the grammar school faculty until rural buildings are provided.

However, classes were held all week at the grammar school for Patterson High students. The school opened for the very first time last Monday and by Wednesday, enrollment had climbed to 34. It is anticipated that several Crows Landing teenagers may register. They will not be charged an out-of-district fee.

The Patterson Ranch Company is providing property at the end of Eucalyptus Avenue for the purpose of dumping trash. It is requested the locals discontinue dumping at other points along the river.

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