Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – February 23, 1989

George Ray Sears, a professional musician who gave piano lessons to hundreds of Pattersonites, has died at age 81.

Patterson High’s girls basketball team has made the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Tigers will send seven wrestlers to the section meet in Turlock, tying the team’s record high set two seasons ago when Patterson won the sub-section meet. The seven this year are Nico Cortez and Mike Mejia, who each won his weight class, Roy Cantu, Tony Luna, Ricardo Villasenor, Ernesto Estrada, and Charlie Cantu.

50 years ago – February 20, 1964

Local school administrator Bill Boyarsky has been hired as assistant superintendent of the new unified school district. The official name of the new district was selected this week: Patterson Unified School District.

Donna Fitzsimmons was crowned Patterson’s winter homecoming sweetheart.

Local boat racer Ernie Rose will jump from the B runabout class to the E class in competition this weekend at the Modesto Reservoir. He will not change to a larger motor, as he is allowed to do by the rules.

Patterson High senior Manuel Medeiros has been selected to participate in the state honor bank that will perform this weekend in Fresno.

75 years ago – February 17, 1939

The Rev. Edwin Mattson of Centerville, Iowa, will be the new pastor of the Covenant Church, succeeding C.A. Hedlind.

Frank Frunz and J.E. Gayetty are newly elected directors on the board of the Patterson Water Co. It was the first contested election in three years.

Local anticipation is growing for the upcoming Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. A West Side Day up in May is under consideration.

100 years ago – February 21, 1914

An Agricultural Club has been organized at the high school under the supervision of two members of the Agricultural Department staff at the University of California. Justice Christopherson has been elected president and Ingolf Torvend vice president.

A speaker from San Francisco will give an address next Saturday evening before members of the local Socialist Party. Their meeting will be held at the grammar school.

Considerable farmland here is being leased to farmers of Portuguese descent from the Newman and Gustine area.

Bids will soon be advertised for the sale of $55,000 in bonds for financing construction of the new high school building.

— Ron Swift, museum curator

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