Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – August 10, 1989

Dan Van Voorhis, president of the Blackhawk Corp., which has built a massive housing development in Danville, is proposing a similar project of up to 2,000 new homes and a golf course here on property south of Sperry and west of Ward avenues.

Two Patterson teams, the Tigres and the Angels, will battle it out in the playoffs for the championship of the Mexican-American Baseball League.

Becoming the West Side’s first-ever state judo champion is 8-year-old Nicole Hardgrave of Patterson. She competed last weekend in San Diego in the state championships, actually winning the 9-10 age group.

50 years ago – August 6, 1964

Bob Callahan, former Patterson High gridder, will play for the South team in Saturday’s Elks Valley all-star game in Lodi.

Farinha’s Floral of Patterson again took top honors in the commercial floral division at the county fair. Local FFA members garnered top honors with Charles Gustafson showing two championship steers, John Connelly the top Duroc sow and Harley Boos two market hogs.

Barbara Picha, 17, has been crowned maid of the Stanislaus County Fair. She will be a senior this fall at Patterson High.

75 years ago – August 4, 1939

WPA work on the grounds of Patterson schools is now underway.

Housing construction at the new Westley labor camp is nearly half-completed.

Patterson High’s new auditorium is fully equipped with a sound stage, lights and movie equipment, and dressing rooms with showers for the performers. It will seat about 800 and is one of the best facilities of its kind in the area.

100 years ago – August 8, 1914

The affectionately called Hurd and Hays Hunting Association is in the Sierra tracking down deer, bear, mountain lion bobcats and other game animals. Accompanying W.H. Hurd is his brother-in-law Dade Osborne of Atwater, while B.W. Hays took along his wife, sons Elijah, John and Pete, and daughters Mary and Olive.

An electric railway may be constructed from Turlock to the San Joaquin River.

Contractor J.E. Johnston has finished the concrete work on the walls of the new high school building, and the plumbing heating and ventilating work is presently underway. Johnston, who is also building the new Gustine High School and an addition to the San Joaquin County Hospital, will lay off here for about a month.

By Ron Swift, museum curator
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