Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – July 5, 1989


An opinion survey by this newspaper—unofficial at best—on Patterson’s future growth has drawn 302 responses. Some 102 of the responders, or 34 percent, want no growth. However, many of those do want changes. A new park, one that perhaps includes a swimming pool and community center, was in high demand. A shopping center was a close second.

Patterson High’s Eric Terrero netted 11 points for the South team that nipped the North 121-116 in overtime of a record-setting Kiwanis All-Star basketball game.



50 years ago – July 2, 1964


There was no hoopla, but on Wednesday this area’s four school districts merged into one—the Patterson Unified School District. At the same time it was learned that the quaint little one-room Harney School over into Santa Clara may soon request annexation to the new Patterson district.

Fred Whitman, whose business was burned out in the recent South Third Street fire, will head the new appliance department at Harris Furniture and Upholstery.

The Fourth of July may be quieter in Patterson this year. A beer strike of several weeks is expected to be settled, but deliveries of eastern beer won’t begin until next Monday.

75 years ago – June 30, 1937


A serious labor strike by apricot pickers started last week on the Covell Ranch southwest of Patterson. Two brothers who were leaders of the conflict were arrested and charged with violating the county’s anti-picketing law.

Some 128 chukars have been transported by the State Game Farm to the county’s camp in Del Puerto Canyon. There they will be raised for release.

As in the past, the Federated and Mission Covenant churches will combine Sunday services during the months of July and August. Congregations will meet Sundays at 8 p.m. on the lawn of the latter church.

100 years ago – July 4, 1914


Patterson has another new enterprise—the raising of Belgian hares for market. The owner is H.E. Spencer, known as the Rabbit Man.

The reorganized Patterson band is now up to 25 members.

A photo of Patterson graces the current issue of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s magazine. The company is presently doing work on local irrigator pumps.

By RON SWIFT, museum curator
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