Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – January 26, 1989

Police Officer Joe Bradley has received commendation for reviving a 7-week-old baby who had stopped breathing.

Patterson’s planning consultant, Laurence Mintier, has given the city a plan for improving its downtown.

The Medi-Flight helicopter service operated by Memorial Hospitals in Modesto ran its first flights to Patterson 10 years ago this week. The first was a training flight with a landing before students at Las Palmas School, and then two days later to transport Police Officer Richard Bull, who was shot several times after he was ambushed behind the Police Department’s offices.

50 years ago – January 23, 1964

Balloting to elect seven trustees to govern the newly-formed Patterson Unified School District was extremely close this week. Dr. Everett Lefforge, Dr. Frank Reimer and Richard Phillips were elected from the Patterson area, Katharine Cox and Jack Vizzolini from the former Grayson district, and Martin Bronzan and Emerald Halseth from the former Rising Sun district.

Ray Sierra has been elected president of the Patterson 20-30 Club.

Two local men have been recognized by their companies for putting in 40 years of service – Dick Dean by the Tidewater Oil Company’s transportation department, and Ira Andrews, local distributor for Standard Oil of California.

Will the city of Patterson adopt the county’s new house numbering system? If so, local addresses on streets going north and south would switch to five digits. The decision will be made soon.

75 years ago – January 20, 1939

Alfalfa seeding by airplane was accomplished this week on Patterson Ranch Co. property between Elm Avenue and the river. Rice has previously been seeded here by air, but not alfalfa.

Manuel Silva has resigned as night officer after holding the position for many years. J.H. Brainard, who has at times relieved Silva, has been named to the position temporarily.

The local American Legion post has received both state and national citations for breaking membership records this past year. The Patterson Farm Bureau also has set membership records in this area.

100 years ago – January 24, 1914

The Patterson district’s first rural school opened Wednesday with 25 students, and more are anticipated. Located on Magnolia Avenue, the elementary school is taught by Miss Earla Mock.

Semi-annual elections have selected Bessie Lear as the new student body president at Patterson Union High School. Members of the school orchestra met to practice Wednesday night, but could not do so because their music had not arrived.

Southern Pacific has announced that the Owl will stop here in the early morning hours on its trip to Los Angeles, but only if passengers schedule their boarding the previous afternoon.

The season’s rainfall measurement is about 10 inches, well above average.

- Irrigator Archives
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