Patterson’s population grew 12.78 percent in 1988, making it the second faster growing city in Stanislaus County. Its unofficial population is listed as 7,574. Only Ceres grew faster last year.
The Patterson Irrigator this week started an opinion survey on the subject of the city’s growth.
Craig Bettencourt, a Patterson High graduate, has been named the school’s varsity football coach. He’s been an assistant coach under Jeff Moye the past two years and a junior varsity coach before that.
50 years ago – May 7, 1964
Sixth-graders from Patterson and Crows Landing are off at camp in the high country this week, and are experiencing nine inches of snow.
Diana Brunner will reign as queen of the Crows Landing Pentecost’s 50th annual celebration.
Four local musicians, Jack Stewart, Robert Torvend, Joe Azevedo and Roland Lopes, received life membership in the Musicians Associations. All are members of Stewart’s band and have been in the association for 25 years. The band then played at the Los Banos May Day Fair where it accompanied well-known radio and television personality Dennis Day.
Local barbers this week raised regular men’s haircuts to $2.
75 years ago – May 5, 1937
A special train will transport excursionists from Patterson to Mendota to the West Side Day next Friday at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.
One of Patterson’s oldest business firms was split this week after nearly 25 years of serving the local public. C.M. Mack retained the Welty Hotel, restaurant and pool hall, while W.L Watson took the property housing Bertolosso’s, the Variety Store and other joint locations.
Beatrice Borges has been elected queen of the annual Patterson Pentecost celebration to be held next month. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Borges.
The American Legion Auxiliary plans to reorganize after a number of years of inactivity.
100 years ago – May 9, 1914
Some 125 trade excursionists from Stockton were amazed at Patterson’s rapid growth when they paid a recent visit to the community. “Splendid! Never saw anything like it before,” was one quote. Elementary school children did a Maypole dance for the visitors in the downtown park.
A major temperance rally will soon be held in Patterson.
A Saturday night dance in Leverton Hall offered plenty of fun but made very little money for the Patterson baseball team.
E.F. Hibbard has moved his family into a new home on North Fifth Street that contractor Hibbard recently completed.
—Ron Swift, Museum Curator