25 Years Ago – July 5, 1994

The new relocatable building to house Patterson’s new senior center near Del Puerto Hospital has been moved into place. The building, utilities and parking cost under $140,000.

A Superior Court judge has heard arguments challenging the environmental impact report for the proposed Diablo Grande resort development southwest of Patterson.

Del Puerto Hospital is considering the construction of new living quarters for its paramedics.

50 Years Ago – July 3, 1969

Judy Bettencourt, Patterson’s FFA sweetheart, won the hand milking contest held at First Western Bank last Friday.

Della Gillett has been hired as curriculum director for the Patterson Unified School District. The new 11-month position will pay $12,000 a year.

All registered voters in Westley have signed a petition favoring establishment of a community services district. If finally approved, sewer service may be the district’s first project.

Patterson High song leaders are home after spending five days at a training conference at beauteous Squaw Valley. Attending were Karen Johnson, Judy Burch, Debbie Wheeland, Martha Lewis, Gloria Pires, and Debbie LeMaux.

75 Years Ago – July 7, 1944

Facing a record but slow-ripening crop, local apricot growers are protesting the wage scale for picking announced by the War Food Administration.

Lt.-Col. Ray Raines is hospitalized in the Bay Area after returning home from New Guinea.

A new alfalfa dehydrating plant in Vernalis has swung into production, the first shipment heading to Hawaii.

100 Years Ago – July 5, 1919

The founder of the Patterson Irrigator in 1911, Elwyn Hoffman, has sold the business to WWI veteran Rolland Fleharty, whose father owns the newspaper in Newman. (See Fast Talk for further details.)

The local Red Cross chapter will sell its surplus materials which includes flannel, muslin, cotton, thread, sewing machines, scissors, sweaters and needles.

Martin Berlin, local department store owner, actually sold the shirt off his back this week. He was wearing the shirt in the pool hall when Sam Bertlesen offered him $6. He took it and went home without a shirt.

By Ron Swift from Irrigator files

PI editor/publisher emeritus

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