Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – June 1, 1989

Frank Duran and Wendy Washburn have been honored as Patterson High’s Trans Valley League senior scholar athletes. In addition Washburn has been named to the all-league softball team.

Lewis and Meda Washburn, as well as Dorothy Luiz, have been selected to serve as grand marshals of this weekend’s Apricot Fiesta parade. The have participated in numerous community activities.

Mike McNaughton has edited the latest issue of The Gateway, the publication of the Patterson Township Historical Society. He writes about Del Puerto Canyon’s history.

50 years ago – May 28, 1964

Discontinuing the Owl, Patterson’s lone rail passenger service, is being proposed by the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads.

Patterson is experiencing a “first” this week – the packing and shipping to market of locally grown cherries. Ciro Mancuso is the local grower.

The new unified school district is boosting the school portion of funding for Patterson’s recreation program to $2,000. Previously the four elementary districts have contributed $300 each, as has the city.

75 years ago – May 26, 1937

Military veterans, fraternal societies, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and the high school band will gather at the American Legion clubhouse, and then march to the auditorium for a Decoration Day ceremony. Gilbert Smith will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Veterans’ graves will then be decorated at the cemetery.

Marlar Campbell is the new scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 81, succeeding Art Hall.

Patterson’s annual celebration, Horsethief Bend, will this year expand to three days and will add a local rodeo to its schedule of events.

Dr. F.F. Schade, who had been assisting Dr. E.G. Allen this past year, will soon move to Los Angeles to team with a group of specialists.

100 years ago – May 30, 1914

The Owl, the local rail service between Tracy and Fresno, will be running an hour later each way.

Three county supervisors paid Patterson a visit this week. Two had not been here for some time and were astonished at the progress made by the community.

The Island Transportation Co. of Stockton has been taking advantage of the river’s high water to ship upstream to Grayson. A barge arrived Monday night carrying two big harvesters ordered by Frank Cox and Rancho Dos Rios.

—By Ron Swift, museum curator

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