Patterson’s Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 17, 2013 | 2154 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — Jan. 21, 1988

Bruce Amador, Patterson’s first full-time recreation director, has resigned after holding the position since 1983.

The 12-month record for city building permits set in 1986 lasted only a year. The 1987 total value of construction exceeded $16.1 million, up from $4.5 million the previous year.

The future of Del Puerto Hospital and the community’s health care needs were debated in a lively discussion Tuesday night in a special meeting of the facility’s Board of Directors.

50 years ago — Jan. 17, 1963

An Indian burial ground estimated to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old has been discovered near the San Joaquin River. College archaeological students are manning the “dig.”

George Klopping is the new president of the Community Chest. Allister Allen is the drive chairman.

Patterson native Lester Gustafson has died at age 46. He was a well-known farmer, chairman of the board of the Patterson Water District, president of the local Soil Conservation District and a director of the Federal Land Bank of Patterson.

75 years ago — Jan. 21, 1938

The 20-30 Club this week heard a proposal to establish a Cub Scout pack in Patterson. In the meantime, the local Boy Scouts are conducting their annual clothes drive for the needy, the garments to be turned over to the Red Cross.

Josephine Mascato is the new president of the Patterson Business Girls’ Club.

Cases of the measles, scarlet fever and influenza have cut into attendance this week at Northmead School. WPA labor will be used to service the high school tennis courts. A crew of 18 men working for 30 days each has been authorized.

100 years ago – January 16, 1913

A community meeting took place here Monday afternoon at which the attendees strongly endorsed the issuance of bonds for the expansion of the elementary school. Also favored was the construction of rural schools in the north and south sections of the district, as favored by parents in those areas.

The Chamber of Commerce endorsed the resolution for issuing school construction bonds, as well as forming a high school district in the very new future.

Herman Detrich was arrested Saturday for dropping glass bottles on a public highway. Glass bottles picked up from the Hotel Del Puerto reportedly fell from his wagon when he was heading toward the dumping grounds near the river. Detrich pleaded guilty, but the charge will be dismissed if he cleans up the glass. Otherwise he could face a fine of $300 or six months in jail.

—Irrigator archives

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