Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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25 years ago – July 20, 1989
West Side Democrats have shown strong backing of State Assemblyman Gary Condit who is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Tony Coelho. The special election is Sept. 12.

After two public opinion surveys, a $100,000 contract with planning consultants, and countless public meetings on crucial general plan issues, the City Council has called for additional study—this time providing fiscal and engineering information. The plan will chart the city’s growth to 2010.

A plan proposed by developers Arambel and Rose would add over 600 new homes in the community of Grayson.

50 years ago – July 16, 1964
School trustees have approved a proposal from the small Harney School District over in Santa Clara County to annex to the new Patterson Unified School District. That district’s budget to operate the one-room school was $8255 this past year, with a teacher paid $5350 of that amount.

Patterson’s Judicial District Court had 1161 filings this past fiscal year, according to Judge Reuben Swanson, Jr., about the same as the previous year.

Irrigator Co-Publisher Ron Swift, wife Kay and son Mike have returned from a trip to his native Iowa. It was the first time any of them had flown.

75 years ago – July 14, 1937
C.R. Moore has been elected to a third term as commander of American Legion Post #168.

County supervisors have adopted an ordinance outlawing vehicle parades on public streets without a permit. Their intent is to control strikers at area canneries.

Northmead teacher Pearl Nicolds has resigned, creating a staff vacancy.

The Westley Migrant Camp baseball team was undefeated in 11 games with El Solyo Ranch, Grayson and Modesto teams until Sunday’s meeting with Patterson. The streak ended with an 11-3 Patterson victory.

100 years ago – July 18, 1914
A free housewarming party and dance will be given July 25 at the new Patterson Garage, with music provided by a San Francisco group.

E.M. Cobb of Raisin City will be the speaker Sunday evening here at a “dry” rally at the Lutheran Church.

Thompson Seedless grapes planted two years ago are producing well this summer. The cantaloupe and melon crops are large. The 12-acre apricot orchard planted by the Patterson Ranch Co. four years ago is producing sizable fruit, both Royal and Hemskirk varieties. Hungarian plums also are producing well.

A Modesto man may soon be hired as director of the reorganized Patterson band.

By RON SWIFT, museum curator
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