Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – August 24, 1989

The Patterson Unified School District is expecting 2,800 students on opening day, including 589 at Patterson High.

Frank Frunz says he has never seen anything like this whopper. He grew a watermelon that tipped the scales at over 90 pounds and had a 3-inch-thick rind.

The Patterson Tigres won their fourth Mexican-American Baseball League title in six years, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to take the five-game series from the Tracy Angels.

50 years ago – August 20, 1964

Catherine Garcia will reign as senior queen of this year’s St. Anthony’s celebration.

First Western Bank will soon put plans on display for a new bank.

The Westley Little League team garnered the local championship after completing its second consecutive undefeated season. Frank Little and Stan Cox were the coaches.

Mrs. E.B. Kluver has won the county fair’s top embroidery title for the second year in a row.

Don Hicks of Crows Landing drove his Model A dragster 125.5 mph to win his class on the Fremont strip last Sunday.

75 years ago – August 18, 1939

A quick city census has placed Patterson’s population at 1,118. No sooner had the count been completed that L.D. Ustick moved his family of six to town Monday. The total includes 353 children under 18.

The grade school will start classes on Sept. 5, but the high school will start Sept. 11.

The Jennings-Porter tent show will play here next week.

100 years ago – August 22, 1914

Classes at Patterson Union High School will begin for a second year on Aug. 31. Attendance is expected to jump from 46 to 67.

Twenty-lone local farmers who collectively are raising about 500 head of cattle have each bought $100 worth of stock in a proposed cheese factory to serve this area.

“Dry” versus “wet” seems to be the defining issue of candidates for county office. Patterson, of course, is dry because sales of property by the Patterson Ranch Co. do not allow the sale of alcohol in any form until 1915.

By Ron Swift, museum curator
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