A planning consultant appearing at the city’s first public hearing on growth issues has been criticized by the public for not giving recommendations and cost estimates. He explained that before paperwork is tackled, he first wants to know in which direction Patterson wants to grow, how fast, and how far. It was the city’s first of many general plan meetings.
The rear trailer of an oil tanker overturned at about 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Sperry Avenue off-ramp of I-5, spilling some 2,500 gallons of lubricant. The freeway was closed most of the day.
50 years ago – January 16, 1964
Ernie Rose and his wife are off to New York City after a quick community fundraising drive that included donations from the Chamber of Commerce, service clubs and individuals. Ernie will be honored at a Saturday morning breakfast for being named to the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame. It is the first time either has flown. The Roses just returned from a 7000-mile auto trip to Florida, where he excelled on the boat-racing circuit.
The City Council has authorized use of the Center Building for drivers’ license examinations and meeting of the police reserves and the Lions Club board of directors.
Assistant City Clerk Reta Muller has been approved as a permanent city employee.
75 years ago – January 13, 1939
About 15 young men above high school age have signed up as members of a Town Club. It will be sponsored by the American Legion, which will provide meeting space for social and athletic activities.
The Patterson chapter of the 20-30 Club, founded here in 1930, reviewed its history at this week’s meeting. Its first service project was to put up house numbers around town.
A light will be installed atop the water tower to signal the night patrolman to come into the station.
The WPA will spend nearly $140,000 to clear brush from the channel of the San Joaquin River in this area.
100 years ago – January 17, 1914
Local voters this week approved the sale of $55,000 in bonds to finance the construction of a new high school. Work is expected to commence very soon and be completed before classes commence in the fall. The vote in favor was 204-38. Broken down into the three elementary school districts that comprise the high school district, the tallies were Patterson, 192-24; Grayson, 7-14; and Haight, 5-0.
The public is warned to watch for counterfeit $5 gold pieces.