25 Years Ago – May 26, 1994
The new Gould Medical Foundation building opened this week on E Street, staffed by medical doctors Michael Schorr and David Hilburn.
Late one night in 1970, a very scared Petaluma woman with her baby daughter showed up at the Patterson Police Department, claiming she was abducted by a stocky man on I-5 who threatened to kill her until she escaped about two hours later. He is believed to have been the Zodiac killer of six victims in the late 1960s. A book is now being written about the so-called Zodiac.
Senior Bobby Pierce cleared 13-9 in the pole vault to qualify for the section meet and break his own school record. Eric Imhoff also advanced by winning the high hurdles.
50 Years Ago – May 22, 1969
The fourth time was the charm. School district voters this week passed the sale of $1.88 million in bonds for the construction of new buildings, including a junior high on Ninth Street. It was the first such election in the past 18 months, and passed with a 72 percent approval count.
Membership in the newly formed Patterson Township Historical Society has topped the 55 mark.
The Patterson Tigres (6-0) have clinched first place in the first half of play in the Latin-American Baseball League. Dan Halcon homered as the Tigres beat the second-place Turlock Gems, 8-3.
Patterson High graduate Tony Locarnini, 24, is the new police chief of the city of Cotati.
Chris Johnson has been elected president of the high school FFA chapter. His assistant is Lynn Apland.
75 Years Ago – May 26, 1944
This week’s school board election had no competition and drew only 16 voters to the poles.
The Cadet Corps at Patterson High has observed its first anniversary in marked contrast with drills held a year ag,o when they wore Levis and used sticks for rifles. This time, they drilled in dress uniforms and regular rifles.
The Teen-Age Club held its first activity Saturday evening, when members met in the former JC Penney building on the circle. The age range for membership is 13-19.
Mario Bondietti has purchased the North Fourth Street home of the late Willis Pike.
All high schoolers in Stanislaus County are being asked to add a drivers training course.
100 Years Ago – Issue not Available
By Ron Swift from Irrigator files