The Atwater Historical Society Archives

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Atwater, CA 95301
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1850

John Mitchell came to town


1856

Marshall Atwater came to town


1884

The Bloss Family came to town


1888

Atwater became a town


1890

Ralston Family came to town


1897

Population 100 people


1903

Mitchell School was built at Atwater Blvd. /Winton Way- 60 to 65 students


1906

First Automobile in Atwater


1910

Dr. Kinney becomes Atwater’s first doctor


1911

Atwater Signal newspaper premieres


1912

Big fire in town burns down almost every building
Bloss Block constructed
Electricity came to town


1913

Atwater gets paved roads
St. Anthony's Church built at Drakeley and Winton Way


1916

Ticket citations become law if you did not have a lantern hanging from your Buggy at night


1917

E. A. Heller buys a drug store


1920

Atwater has another big fire


1921

George Bloss, Sr. dies
First telephone service (Carrie Peck remains manager for 21 years)


1922

24 hour phone service
Freitas Bros purchases Joe Vierra's Martha Washington store and renames it
The Atwater Cash Grocery
Atwater is now Incorporated city
George Bloss becomes our first mayor


1923

First Firehouse is built on Cedar between 4th and 5th


1926

Women's Club House built


1930

Population of Atwater is 912, according to census


1936

Broke ground for Bloss Hospital


12/01/1941

The new post office breaks ground
Castle Air Force Base opens


05/20/1949

New curfew law


07/07/1955

First B52 arrives at Castle


03/14/1957

New section of newspaper added - "Meet the Merchants" every week


04/18/1957

Atwater Castle Parade


05/09/1957

Swimming pool “Plunge” article discusses its history
Winton Cemetery history


06/13/1957

Blue Seal Dairy


07/07/1957

Pentecost feeds 7,000


07-08/1957

Pictures of little league players, local dairies and farms


12/09/1957

St. Anthony's school breaks ground


07/13/1961

First twins ever born at Bloss Hospital


08/24/1961

New phone prefixes


09/14/1961

Pentecost list of Queens old and new


08/17/1962

President Kennedy at Castle for 14 minutes


03/07/1963

New Aileen Colburn School opens


04/04/1963

George Bloss, Jr. dies
Entire estate of Arthur Wilkenson given to Bloss Hospital $13,728.14


05/28/1963

Lions Club planted 30 Ash trees on Bellevue Rd. in 30 minutes


07/01/1963

Atwater gets a new zip code


08/08/1963

Wassums and the noon whistle
Bellevue Road turned into a four lane


11/01/1963

Elmwood 8 turns into 358 prefix


11/07/1963

New Post Office opens at a cost of $95,000


08/29/1968

Atwater Fruit Exchange celebrates 30 year anniversary


03/09/1983

Queen Elizabeth II visits to Atwater


07/25/1985

Mennonite stories
Cardoza and Amaral come to America stories


1988

Inserts on Atwater Businesses


03/25/1998

Ugly Truck Contest


07/23/1999

Bomb scare shut down Highway 99

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