Patterson's Past
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25 years ago – June 15, 1989

After 28 years on the faculty at Northmead School, teacher Wilda Taylor has retired.

Mobile and sidewalk food vendors will from now on acquire permits from the city. Until now, no permit was required.

W.D. Hatchett, a retired construction worker who resides on South Fourth Street, has grown a huge Red Stockton onion that weights two-and-a-half pounds and is 20 inches in circumference.

50 years ago – June 11, 1964

Trustees of the high school district met for a final time this week. On July 1, changes will be made to the Patterson Unified School District. It will include the area’s three elementary districts as well as the high school district.

Edna Stewart and daughter Kay are headed to the east coast. They plan to lay a wreath on the grave of President John F. Kennedy. The wreath was prepared here by Farinha’s Floral.

Ray Washburn, son of Lewis and Meda Washburn, took a test spin this week in his homemade gyrocopter.

Patterson High grad Roy Hall has finished his freshman year at San Jose State. In spring practice he was playing first string lineman with the Spartans’ defensive unit, and second string with the offense.

The Tiger hardballers, who compiled an 11-3 record this spring, were led by five hitters who batted over .300. Bill Bronzan hit .431, and the others were Mark Pepple, Mike Germolus, Dan Gray and Ronnie Correia. Gray was the top pitcher with a 9-2 record that included five shutouts and a no-hitter.

75 years ago – June 9, 1937

The Horsethief Bend Riding Club plans to send 30 riders to the Livermore Rodeo.

Harold Thorkelson this week won a seat on the elementary school board as a write-in candidate. He defeated incumbent Lester Glotfelty, 154-136.

Said to be the largest gathering in Patterson’s history, over 1,000 crammed into the high school gym to witness this year’s graduation ceremony. The 60 graduates also were a record high.

100 years ago – June 13, 1914

T.T. Gravestock, who has farmed here a year after being an executive for 14 years with the B.&O. Railroad back east, has taken over management of the Del Puerto Hotel from Louisa Aspe. She had operated the business for three years after succeeding its first leasee, Clara Weymouth.

Two men from Westley and others from Crows Landing have pleaded guilty to selling liquor in a dry zone. The Westley men chose to spend six months in jail, while the Crows Landing resident, that community’s cobbler, paid a $600 fine.

All seven teachers at the Patterson Grammar School have resigned to accept positions elsewhere.

With the addition of 23 new members, the Chamber of Commerce list has increased to 60.

—By Ron Swift, museum curator
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