Here are some tidbits from the Patterson Irrigator archives:
April 13, 1934
Some 80 members of the local American Legion post, many of them dressed in female attire, are staging a hilarious comedy, “When Men Marry.”
July 13, 1934
The Patterson American Legion Post had a special meeting in response to a call from Sheriff Grat Hogin. Hogin asked the local Legion to join a countywide movement to guard against Communist threats. A committee was formed to cooperate with county officials.
March 8, 1935
A dinner meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, 20-30 Club, firefighters and American Legion will be scheduled soon to discuss plans for baseball activities. It is hoped some big-name baseball stars will attend.
Sept. 20, 1935
Plans are developing for the fourth annual Horsethief Bend Celebration next week. Many new activities have been added, and plans are bin the works to double the space in front of the American Legion Hall.
May 29, 1936
The community will observe Memorial Day on Saturday, with the American Legion post organizing the program. F.S. Harrison will give a brief tribute to the Spanish War dead. The graves of military veterans will be decorated at Del Puerto Cemetery.
July 17, 1936
Harold Frame is the new American Legion commander.
May 7, 1937
A countywide celebration of the opening of the new Las Palmas bridge across the San Joaquin River is being considered. The Patterson and Turlock American Legion posts are promoting the idea.
May 28, 1937
The American Legion will host a Memorial Day ceremony in the high school gym, followed by the decoration of veterans’ graves in Del Puerto Cemetery.
Aug. 20, 1937
This year’s Horsethief Bend celebration under the sponsorship of the American Legion will be tied with the opening of the Las Palmas bridge across the San Joaquin River sometime this fall.
Oct. 1, 1937
Bridge Opening and Horsethief Bend celebration, sponsored by the American Legion. Gambling and dancing followed at the Legion hall; the sponsored cleared $250, which went towards a new roof.
Dec. 17, 1937
The local American Legion post has won the district plaque for showing the highest gain in membership.
Feb. 4, 1938
The new American Legion Hall on East Las Palmas Avenue was dedicated Tuesday evening. C.R. Moore is the post commander.
March 5, 1938
The Patterson American Legion post held an old-timers night to celebrate the national organization’s 20th anniversary of its founding. The local post was chartered Dec. 1, 1919.
June 10, 1938
The local American Legion post this week backed a proposal to construct an additional veterans’ hospital for the valley in Del Puerto Canyon.
January 20, 1939
The local American Legion post has received both state and national citations for breaking membership records this past year.
June 22, 1961
Eighth-graders Joyce Yamamoto and Troy Hale are the recipients of the citizenship awards given annually by the American Legion.
June 29, 1961
W.S. Long is the new commander of the local American Legion post.
April 12, 1962
The American Legion Hall, a Patterson landmark since 1920, when it was built by the Women’s Colony Club, was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin late last Saturday morning.
May 3, 1962
Legionnaires will consider replacing their clubhouse on East Las Palmas Avenue when they meet in June. The old structure was destroyed by fire April 7.
June 6, 1963
The American Legion will hold its annual chicken barbecue this Saturday with John Reis and Homer Brewer doing the cooking.