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1950: Luck follows father on council

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POSTED April 11, 2010 2:00 a.m.
70 years ago
April 11,1940
At the election Tuesday, the people of Manteca chose a new councilman and a new city treasurer. Frank Jessee, who was defeated for re-election four years ago, staged a comeback by polling the highest vote Tuesday. Lester Adams will replace E. Powers as city treasurer. Councilmen Elmer Blodgett and Edward Street and City Clerk Alzoe Converse were re-elected.

60 years ago
April 13, 1950
Two new city councilmen were elected here Tuesday when 623 voters out of a total registration of 1,317 went to the polls to cast their ballot for four candidates seeking the two places to be filled. Topping the field by a wide margin was Ed J. Dumoulin, proprietor of the Manteca Plumbing Company and resident of Manteca for about 30 years. He received 396 votes, or 115 more than Delbert Luck, second man to win, with 281 votes. Luck is assistant master mechanic for the Spreckels Sugar Company and has been a Manteca resident nearly all his life. He is the first man ever to sit on the council whose father had served in a similar capacity. His father, Postmaster J. M. Luck, is a former mayor of the city. The measure calling for the payment of $25 a month for the mayor and $15 a month for other members of the council was carried by a vote of 369 to 189.

50 years ago
April 14, 1960
Incumbents Arnold Malvick and Merle Thompson, along with local businessman Edward Pitts, were elected to four-year terms on the Manteca City Council at Tuesday’s city election. Pitts will now fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Carl Hansen. In other contests, George Dadasovich and Angelo Bressani, running unopposed, were re-elected as City Treasurer and City Clerk, respectively. In the largest city election in Manteca’s history, a total of 1,546 voters went to the polls in an election that saw nine candidates seek the three openings on the council.

40 years ago
April 17, 1970
Thirty-nine percent of Manteca’s eligible voters turned out Tuesday to elect two new city councilmen and approve a $1.5 million sewer bond package--the biggest in the city’s history. Elected to the council are H. C. (Buck) Buchanan, water and sewage supervisor at Deuel Vocational Institution, and Charles Shaefer, a county electrical inspector and deputy fire warden. Buchanan is a former city employee and Shaefer sought a council seat in the 1968 race.

30 years ago
April 16, 1980
More than 30 sat in the council chambers last Tuesday evening when Trena Kelley was sworn in as Manteca’s first elected mayor, as Jack Snyder was sworn in for another four-year term on the council and later unanimously voted vice-mayor and as Walt Edwards took the oath of office for the first time. Snyder and Edwards topped the voting for city council, with Tim Hunter, Carlon Perry, Gary Brophy and Jerry Wilson trailing in the totals. City Clerk Nell Cornell and City Treasurer George Dadasovich were re-elected without opposition.

20 years ago
April 11, 1990
Manteca Mayor Jack Snyder unveiled a proposed initiative Tuesday that would preserve the current city policies of growth. Snyder’s proposal calls for maintaining the city’s 3.9 percent limit on new residential growth. The new “Crossroads” initiative is in response to a ballot measure being circulated for signatures by Concerned Citizens for Planned Growth, calling for a growth cap of no more than two percent of existing housing.

10 years ago
April 9, 2000
In a ceremony held Saturday morning, the City of Manteca officially dedicated the recreational amenity known as the Tidewater Bikeway. Members of the community joined representatives from community organizations and political officials at the Tidewater crossing at Yosemite Avenue, across the street from Library Park for the 9:45 a.m. ceremony. Mayor Carlon Perry call the path a “true community asset”, with benefits that include enhanced quality of life and an alternate route for transportation.
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