The City Council voted 3-2 to approve a new commercial zone for an 11.1-acre parcel between Highway 33 and Ward Avenue. Developers Harold Arambel and George Rose plan to build a shopping center on part of the property. Local business owners oppose the plan.
An open house is scheduled at Del Puerto Hospital, where the public will get the opportunity to view the newly finished paramedic quarters. The new building once housed First Nationwide Savings in Newman and was given to Del Puerto Hospital by businessman Andy Barsamian and Sacred Heart School. A newly acquired Medi-Flight helicopter will also be on view.
A representative of Southern Pacific Railroad, as well as county and state officials, will meet with Westley residents Wednesday night. The railroad caused an uproar by renting storage space for more than 90 liquid petroleum gas tank cars in Tracy. The outcry started a few weeks ago, when a single butane car was transported to a spur near the West Stanislaus Growers Association office in Westley.
Sept. 24, 1959 — 50 years ago
The heaviest September downpour since 1918 dropped 2.03 inches of rain Friday and Saturday and caused major damage to crops on the West Side.
Weather was overcast for Patterson’s Golden Jubilee Celebration, but in spite of the bad weather, the party went on. Mary Lou Dark was chosen as queen, and Jean Verschelden and Anita Hooper were her attendants. The historical pageant was moved from the high school stadium to the gym, where 1,500 people attended. Reunions for the classes of 1915 through 1959 were well attended at the Del Puerto Hotel, as was the Old Timers Coffee and other events around town. Numerous awards were given out for the parade.
The top three winners in the Whiskerino Contest during the Golden Jubilee were Lorenzo Broggi, longest beard; Clarence Selander, most unusual beard; and Manuel Trinta, neatest beard.
Sept. 28, 1934 — 75 years ago
The third annual Horsethief Bend Celebration promises three days of fun for all. The agenda includes the Patterson High vs. Livermore High football game, a Whiskerino Contest, crowning of the queen, a dance and a barbecue. The rodeo will include competitors from throughout the state.
Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Cheatham and Oliver Cheatman and family were made homeless early Sunday morning when a fire destroyed the house they were living in on Apricot and Sycamore avenues. The fire in the house owned by Mrs. Maria Amador was believed to have originated from defective wiring on the back porch. The family escaped with hardly anything due to the rapid spread of the flames.
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