Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – March 8, 1989

Patterson’s Neva Ravelli had quite a day in Sacramento, winning $40,000 in the Lottery’s Big Spin.

The Patterson Tigers opened their spring season in grand style. PHS junior Ciro Ortiz tossed a no-hitter for a 10-2 victory over Turlock Christian.

Senior Wendy Washburn and junior Ami Callahan were named all-league in basketball.

Donna Ashlock, 19, died Tuesday at her Patterson home of complication from heart transplant surgery over three years ago. At that time she received the heart of 15-year-old Felipe Garza, Jr., making her the first heart recipient to personally know the donor. Garza died here suddenly in early 1986.

50 years ago – March 5, 1964

Francis Bettencourt is directing the Lions Club annual talent show to be held this Friday evening. Fourteen acts have been scheduled.

Workers began this week on construction of the new American Legion building on East Las Palmas.

Sacred Heart School student Charles Profito has won a trip to Disneyland, the top prize in the school’s subscription drive.

For the first time in the history of the Bonita School’s basketball tournament, the Las Palmas ‘A’ team has taken the first place trophy. Team members are Joey Martini, Rick Costa, Gabby Chavez, Mike Mazzucchi, Brett Wagner, Mariano Saavedra, John Evans, Roland Halcon and Bill Lucas.

75 years ago – March 3, 1939

After 20 days of drought, rain is direly needed.

George Azevedo, a former Patterson youth, is credited with saving the lives of five young people from Sonora. Their car, traveling at a high rate of speed, went off the roadway into some five feet of water in Dry Creek. Azevedo partially disrobed, jumped into the water, and upright the vehicle.

The Patterson Fishermen’s Club held its annual dinner at the American Legion Hall, and a record 350 people turned out.

Following the purchase of Patterson Cleaners by Jack Stewart, the business will move to a Del Puerto Avenue location where a haberdashery store will be operated in the front and the cleaners in the rear.

100 years ago – March 7, 1914

The Farmers’ Institute, a two-day series of lecture programs, are planned next Monday and Tuesday on a variety of agricultural subjects. Many prizes are being offered for recipes, Ag products, cakes and school essays.

Town founder T.W. Patterson has undergone surgery for a stomach ulcer. He has been a patient at the Adler Sanitarium in San Francisco for several weeks.

Patterson now has a dentist with the name of Patterson. Dr. J.L. Patterson of Oakland has opened an office in the Hotel Del Puerto.

The Patterson Theater is opening again and will show films every night except Sunday. The price is 10 cents for adults and a nickel for children.

Rose bushes grown by the Patterson Ranch Company’s gardener, Joe Marchan, will be given away next week to all women of the community.

The local library has moved from the Hotel Del Puerto across the circle to the Plaza building in a room next to the Patterson Irrigator. Its former room will be used by salesmen to show their samples.

—Ron Swift, museum curator

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