Patterson High’s two cross country teams, coached by Dennis Cornwall, raced to league championships. Lydia Mejia came in first in the girls competition, while her sister Lucia placed third. The boys had good balance to win their title.
A dramatic photo of a1917 barn in rural Patterson that was destroyed in a nighttime fire has been awarded first place in the spot news photo category of the National Newspaper Association’s annual contest. It was taken by Irrigator staffer Ken Carlson, who received the award last weekend in San Antonio, Texas.
50 years ago – November 7, 1963
The Star Tank and Boat Co. has announced plans to construct a west coast plant here in Patterson. The company is the nation’s largest boat manufacturer. A plant will be constructed at the south end of Patterson on property previously used as rodeo grounds.
Some 150 students will converge on Patterson this Saturday for the annual YMCA Youth Leadership Conference.
Newly elected directors of the Chamber of Commerce are George Klopping, Domingos Farinha Jr., Warren Cottrell and Paul Snider.
75 years ago – November 4, 1938
Some 450 local youngsters attended the free Halloween show at the Patterson Theater, guests of the 20-30 Club.
Newly elected Chamber of Commerce directors are Ray Klopping, Wade Cripe, W.W. Filippini, Frank Roberts and Fred Truman.
Two couples from the El Solyo Ranch staff survived when their boat overturned while fishing in the San Joaquin River. The men swam ashore while their wives clung to the boat. They were rescued about half a mile downstream.
Despite four regulars being out with injuries, Patterson High’s football team scored in the final two minutes to tie heavily favored Escalon, 6-6.
100 years ago – November 8, 1913
School trustees meeting Saturday afternoon selected a San Francisco architect, Henry C. Smith, to proceed with the design work for Patterson’s first high school building. His drawings featured a classical two-story building with 11 classrooms, a meeting hall and a basement. The trustees must now set plans for a bond election to finance the construction.
Locals have found duck hunting to be very good in the Gustine marshes. One Patterson man bagged 16, while Hurb Sesna reached his limit.
The Mertes Drug Co. is advertising a 12-gauge Baker shotgun, case, and six decoys for $12.
S. Torvend and sons have purchased the grocery store of L.E. Hanson and have renamed it The New Grocery.
Fred Bartch of Westley attended a G.A.R. gathering in Modesto where he was reunited with a few of his military buddies. Bartch served in the Civil War and was wounded three times.
W.L. Watson and C.M Mack, both of Oakdale, have purchased the Del Puerto Club.
President Wilson has proclaimed Nov. 17 to be Thanksgiving Day this year.