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1957: Center St. opens across tracks

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1957: Center St. opens across tracks

This photo taken from atop what is today the Manteca Bequarters building in the early 1960s shows the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Main Street in downtown Manteca. The Chevron station had yet to b...


POSTED July 9, 2017 8:32 p.m.

100 years ago

July 6, 1917

Manteca is to have a curfew bell rung each evening at 9 o’clock by Night-watchman Wright Oliver, at which time all young people of 14 years of age or younger are supposed to be under the parental roof.


90 years ago

July 7, 1927

The officers-elect of the Manteca Lions Club were installed at a meeting today at Hotel Manteca by Dr. G. W. Walker of Stockton. The officers installed were: D. H. McKellar, president; S. H. Dye, first vice-president; Dr. L. E. Tretheway, second vice-president; L. E. Wyatt, third vice-president; E. Powers, treasurer; J. G. Smith, secretary ; J. K. Littlejohn, lion tamer; M. Adams, tail twister; directors, C. W. Forbes and F. E. Stetler.


80 years ago

July 8, 1937

Increases in the salaries of several municipal employees were voted by the City Council at a meeting Tuesday night. The salary of John Toupin, night police officer, was raised from $110 to $125 per month; Sidney Swanson, extra utility man, from $100 to $125 per month; and M. Jacobsen, park manager, from $40 to $75 per month. Howard Summers, water superintendent, was appointed to serve as inspector for gas and electricity and retain the usual fee in payment for his services.


70 years ago

July 3, 1947

In a survey of local taverns, The Bulletin finds the majority of tavern owners in Manteca would prefer to see the midnight closing remain in effect. The old pre-war 2 a.m. closing hour went into effect Tuesday after several years of the midnight closing hour. One bartender said that too many people would be in no shape to work after drinking until 2 a.m.


60 years ago

July 4, 1957

When Center Street opened last Wednesday, members of Manteca’s official family were on hand to see that everything was done legal-like. Lifting the barrier were Chief of Police Leslie Howard Jr., Councilmen Merle Thompson, Henry Loumena, Delbert Luck and Arnold Malvick, Mayor Carl Hansen, City Administrator Angelo Bressani and Superintendent of Public Works Dave Mueller. The main part of the Center Street project was the crossing over the Southern Pacific tracks and the installation of blinker signals at that crossing. Center Street is now open from Fremont Avenue on the east to Walnut Avenue on the west.


50 years ago

July 5, 1967

The Manteca Canning Company, which closed its doors in 1964 after 50 years of operation, is being demolished. The Industrial Iron and Metals Company of San Carlos is handling the project. A brick building, which originally housed a winery and became part of the cannery as a warehouse, will remain. The cannery on Oak Street employed 260 persons during peak years.


40 years ago

July 1, 1977

Spreckels Sugar is urged to redouble efforts to reduce the emission of foul odors from its plant, and Mantecans are asked to be patient with the city’s principal breadwinner in a report given to the city council last night by the Chamber of Commerce. While calling on Spreckels to “explore with the City, Health District and County all avenues….and make a firm commitment to take all practical steps to eliminate the odor”, the chamber asks whether “industry is totally to blame for creating development around an objectionable industry”.


30 years ago

July 5, 1987

The Fourth of July celebration in Manteca, featuring a parade, carnival, firemen’s muster, field program and colorful fireworks, was a success, according to all accounts. The parade, which started at 2 p.m., had thousands of spectators, featured more than 100 floats, antique automobiles, baton twirlers, clowns and representatives from many organizations. The grand marshal was Antone Raymus, publisher of the Manteca News and a local developer. Participants included Mayor Jack Snyder, Congressman Norm Shumway, Assemblyman Pat Johnston, Miss Fourth of July, Miss Pumpkin Fair, Miss Manteca and many units.


20 years ago

July 11, 1997

Pending escrows of re-sale homes are up 34 percent in the Manteca market compared to the summer of 1996. “It’s great news,” said Sid Reams of Wilson Group Realtors. “It appears that prices have finally bottomed out during the past six months,” said Reams, who has been tracking Manteca real estate trends since 1989.


10 years ago

July 10, 2007

Click and pay is coming for the City of Manteca’s utility customers. City Manager Bob Adams anticipates consumers being able to pay city water, sewer and garbage collection bills via the Internet in September. “It is a way to make it easier for Manteca residents who prefer to pay online,” said Adams. 

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