After winning the Gustine basketball tournament the previous weekend, the Tigers garnered the title of their own tourney, besting Los Banos 49-46 in the championship game. Jerry Noah was named the MVP, while teammate Birdie Rodriquez made the all-tourney team. The Tigers are now 10-0 to start the 1986-7 season.
Also last weekend, the PHS frosh-soph basketball team swept the Newman tournament for the second straight year.
Two teenage girls from Australia are spending two week in Patterson under a Lions Club exchange program. They are staying with the La Torre and Talia families.
50 years ago — Dec. 21, 1961
Three men have been jailed on charges of robbing the Westley Hotel at gunpoint and beating several patrons.
The Chamber of Commerce is urging the Stanislaus County Housing Authority to construct 20 low-cost housing units in Patterson to supply year-around demand.
The Patterson 20-30 Club is offering a breakfast starting at midnight Jan. 1. It will take place at the American Legion Hall.
Popular Southern Pacific depot agent Rex Covington is retiring Dec. 31 after 15 years at the local depot.
75 years ago — Dec. 25, 1936
More than 600 youngsters enjoyed a free Christmas show at the Patterson Theatre. Santa arrived, and after each show, the kids went across the street to the French-American Bakery for a free ice cream cone.
The West Stanislaus Irrigation District has received WPA funds totaling $10,000 for two projects. Thirty men have been hired to spray for weed eradication along about 20 miles of canal banks, and additional concrete pipelines will be laid.
The Patterson Post Office has regained its second-class status after losing it four years ago when economic conditions dropped postal receipts. Receipts to date this year total $9,463.
100 years ago — Dec. 21, 1911
The local fire department has reorganized, states Chief Phil Shimmin. Membership totals 29. Practices will occur every Saturday at 7 a.m.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is starting work to expand electrical service in Patterson.
Glen Sheldon, formerly of Los Banos, is the new Southern Pacific agent here, succeeding H.F. Scott, who resigned.
Charles Crandall is the instructor of the new Patterson Brass Band, which is practicing two evenings a week.
A. Solomon, manager of the Ellis-Hoffman store on South Third Street, will build a new two-story building next door, living in the top level. The cost of the frame building is estimated at $2,200.
— Irrigator archives