I recently re-read the last issue of The Gateway, published by the Patterson Historical Society, regarding the Corky Bessey Family. This brought to mind the fond memories I have of Corky.
When I came to Patterson in 1976 as principal of the high school Corky made an appointment to see me. He congratulated me on my appointment and emphasized that he was at my disposal to assist with the school and the education of the students of Patterson High. For the next 12 years Corky was the starter for the track meets and was an avid supporter of all phases of school activities. I greatly appreciated all he did for our school.
In 1981, I served as his co-chairman of the Apricot Fiesta. Through this experience I came to know Corky and what he meant to the city of Patterson. I regret that I was unable to know his family as well as I knew him. He was truly an asset to Patterson High and the community of Patterson.
I commend the Historical Society, especially to Faye Hill and Ron Swift, for their efforts in publishing The Gateway and for the outstanding and informative features on families who have impacted our community.
If you have not read this issue of the Bessey Family, you can get a copy from the Historical Society. Better yet, join the society and receive all of the copies of The Gateway when published.