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1989: Concrete median barrier coming for Highway 120 Bypass

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1989: Concrete median barrier coming for Highway 120 Bypass

The Manteca High School baseball and football fields were newly renovated when this photo was taken in 1937. The silos in the background are those of Ed Power's Manteca Warehouse.

Photo courtesy of the Manteca Historical Society/


POSTED July 26, 2009 2:46 a.m.
90 years ago
July 25, 1919
The cantaloupe packing sheds are about the busiest place in Manteca this week. It has been a surprise to all. This is the first time any effort has been made to make this a cantaloupe district and a late start was made this year. About 300 acres were finally planted by the farmers after considerable persuasion.

80 years ago
July 25, 1929
Yesterday afternoon, Chief of Police C. C. Hitchcock began examination of applicants of operators’ licenses for the operation of motor vehicles and has since been having a fairly busy time. Persons desiring to take the examination will note that he devotes the afternoons only to this work, other duties requiring his attention during the forenoon of each day.

70 years ago
July 20, 1939
Directors of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District witnessed a demonstration through the medium of moving pictures in the office Tuesday afternoon of the new ditch cleaning machine built by Albert H. Tangemann, well-known local land leveler and ditch-digging contractor. The pictures showed the machine in operation on an irrigation canal of the Clear Lake Water District near Woodland.

60 years ago
July 21, 1949
The Thompson Sage Company of Stockton was awarded the contract for a new 61-passenger school bus at a meeting of the high school board last Thursday night. The bus will cost $8,842. Two more teachers were hired by the board: Bob Theiler as head coach and B. E. Claypool as vice-principal.

50 years ago
July 23, 1959
The largest crowd ever to attend turned out for the Lions Frolic Friday and Saturday nights. While all the bills have not been tabulated at press time, it is being assumed the affair was highly successful, too. Saturday night’s added attraction was the awarding of many fine gifts, chief among them being a 1,000 pound Moffat Manteca-fed beef, which was awarded to Harold Hahn, Rt. 1, Ripon.

40 years ago
July 23, 1969
Outside of the central office of the Manteca Unified School District, there is probably little realization of the severity of the financial pickle the 13 Manteca-area schools are in. New Assistant Superintendent of Education Michael Adams reported that no new teaching positions are being added to the budget this year and that the line will be held at the 291 teaching staff of last year, despite the projected student population increase of about 300, for a total of 8,100.

30 years ago
July 20, 1979
A caller to the Bulletin last Friday reported Fire Station No. 2 closed again, the second time in a week. What is interesting is that Manteca City Council members discussed, in considering the 1979-80 budget, whether the Manteca Fire Department is adequately manned. A call to MFD Chief Larry Drager confirmed that the Center Street station was indeed closed due to a temporary manpower shortage.

20 years ago
July 21, 1989
Work is expected to begin in about two weeks on construction of a long-sought concrete median barrier on the deadly Highway 120 Manteca bypass. The State Department of Transportation Wednesday awarded Watsonville-based Granite Construction the contract for installation of the nearly six-mile barrier which is designed to prevent head-on collisions. The by-pass is two lanes with an alternating third lane that is used for passing.

10 years ago
July 23, 1999
A serious collision between a Tidewater bicyclist and a Louise Avenue motorist is triggering a rising chorus of Manteca residents who want something done to assure bike path safety. The Louise Avenue crossing on the Tidewater and the high-speed traffic along that major east-west Manteca street is just one of the concerns callers to the Bulletin raised following Wednesday’s accident.                              
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