Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 16, 2013 | 845 views | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — May 12, 1988

Mayor Wade Bingham admits to be frustrated with local government. His problem: “It takes an awfully lot of time to get anything done.”

Patterson is the seventh fastest-growing city in California among cities with populations less than 50,000. The city added more than 1,000 new residents this past year, a jump to an estimated population of 6,702.

Last weekend’s fourth annual dinner and auction held by the Del Puerto Hospital Foundation raised more than $20,000.

50 years ago — May 16, 1963

Thirty-one Northmead area voters are eligible to cast their ballots next Tuesday to decide the fate of that area being annexed to the city.

Jack Stewart Jr. is now serving in the U.S. Army and is based at Ft. Ord.

Patterson High plans to completely reequip its typing classroom and add 11 new calculating machines.

Mike Mahaffey will represent the Trans-Valley League next week in the sectional tennis tournament in Sacramento, meeting best prep netters in the valley.

Earl Perez is the new president of the Crows Landing Lions Club.

75 years ago — May 20, 1938

The Patterson Chamber of Commerce will have a float in tomorrow’s Golden Jubilee parade in Newman. It will depict our downtown circle. The 35-piece Patterson High band also will participate.

Patterson’s large Swedish population participated in Wednesday’s celebration to observe the 300th anniversary of Swedish colonization in this country. A banquet featuring traditional Swedish dishes took place at the Covenant Church.

The influx of migrant farm laborers this season nearly doubled Patterson’s population.

About 235 train cars of peas have been shipped to markets in the past four weeks. The season here is now nearly finished. In addition, 65 carloads of lambs were shipped locally.

100 years ago — May 17, 1913

Most classes at the Patterson Grammar School were not held this past week because of an epidemic of measles.

The Patterson Theater, closed temporarily because the owner’s wife was ill in Petaluma, will reopen tonight under the management of Fred Heseker. The admission price for adults has increased to 15 cents, with children admitted for a dime.

Work began this week on an addition to the grammar school. It will include classrooms to be temporarily used by the new high school. Trustees are meeting this weekend to hire the first Patterson Highs principal.

—Irrigator archives

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