Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – September 8, 1988

With the swimming pool at the high school closed for good, the city is looking into the construction of a community plunge. The construction cost has been pegged at $500,000, and the annual operating deficit at $30,000.

Two of Patterson’s busiest six-way intersections now have six-way stop signs.

School district enrollment now totals 2,576 students, up nearly 12 percent from a year ago.

Two Patterson firefighters, Craig Grischott and Bob Crone, are this week battling the huge blaze in Yellowstone National Park.

50 years ago – September 12, 1963

The enrollment at Patterson High climbed to 412 in the second week of school, 24 higher than on opening day.

Patterson’s official head count is expected to climb over 3,000 when the State Department of Finance completes its population estimate this fall.

The Patterson Elementary District board has gone on record as favoring unification with the high school and two rural districts. Area voters will make that decision at the polls on Oct. 12.

75 years ago – September 9, 1938

Two new high school teachers, Lawrence Harrison and Kenneth Stocking, join the faculty with Stocking to coach football and Harrison both basketball and baseball.

A state game warden this week released 74 pheasants in the river bottom country after they were raised by the Patterson Fishermen’s Club.

State money totaling $10,000 has been allocated to rebuild river levees washed out last spring between Grayson and Vernalis.

100 years ago – September 13, 1913

Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling from the West Side to Modesto. River water being pumped for irrigation use has flooded the roadway between Grayson Slough and the Tuolumne River, forcing motorists to drive off into the fields to complete their journeys. Grayson Road currently is the only way to get to Modesto from the West Side as the Crows Landing and Hills Ferry bridges are being repaired.

Guy Brewer caught a 9-pound black bass, the largest hauled from the San Joaquin River this season.

San Franciscans N.J. Holmes and R.P. Hanson have purchased the Patterson Home Bakery from George Speich.

A PG&E power failure that kept Patterson in the dark from late Monday afternoon until Wednesday evening caused local business to use lanterns and candles to remain open.

After a week’s delay while construction was finished, the grammar school went underway Monday with an enrollment of 215.

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