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1969: Manteca High bell tower finally comes down after 2 tries

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POSTED October 11, 2009 2:18 a.m.
90 years ago
October 10, 1919
Mrs. Dryden, who has held the office of postmaster for the past three years, has offered her resignation to take effect just as soon as a new appointment can be made. An examination for the position of postmaster of Manteca will be held in the near future. The salary is $1,400.

80 years ago
October 10, 1929
Officers to serve during the ensuing year were elected by Manteca Post No. 249, American Legion, last Thursday evening as follows: Ernest Thran, commander; Edward Dumoulin, first vice-commander; Earl Mott, second vice-commander; George I. Linn, chaplain; Harry E. Shaffer, adjutant; E. C. Woodruff, finance officer; Maurice Tracie, sergeant-at-arms; and Roy Filloon, historian. It was voted to change the name of the post to Hope McFall Post, No. 249.

70 years ago
October 5, 1939
Six bids for building a sewer system were received by the City Council and opened at a meeting Monday night. The lowest bid was for $114,943.65 and was submitted by Behek & Berkich and V.C.K. Construction Company of Los Angeles. All bids were taken under advisement until next Monday night when the council will meet in adjourned session for further action.

60 years ago
October 6, 1949
At a ceremony held on Pennebaker Field at 11:20 a.m. Monday, a dual-control Plymouth car was delivered to the Manteca High School for behind the wheel automobile driving instruction of students enrolled in the new driver education and training course. Superintendent Joseph Blanchard received the key to the car from Orrin W. Webb, local Plymouth dealer.

50 years ago
October 8, 1959
The Manteca Union High School FFA milk judging team won a Gold Medal this week in the National Championships in Waterloo, Iowa. The team included Bobby Nunes, Randall Wright, Frankie Gomes and Richard Simas. The groups’s advisor is Mr. Richard Richina, who was on the last Manteca High team to win a gold medal.

40 years ago
October 8, 1969
Though its fate was inevitable, the Manteca High School tower got a one-hour stay of sentence Tuesday morning when it withstood a powerful Caterpillar tractor and snapped a cable which was supposed to  bring it down. A small crowd of photographers, students, old grads, administration officials and past board members watched as a crane with a heavy ball weakened the tower so that another cable finally brought it down.

30 years ago
October 10, 1979
A first step toward building a $1.5 million elementary school next to East Union High School on Northgate Drive was taken by the Manteca Unified School District Board Monday when it gave Superintendent Richard Cherry the power to work with subdivision builders to get money for the project. The trustees gave Cherry approval to make contracts with area builders to collect fees in lieu of “bedroom tax” to be used for the construction of new school buildings.

20 years ago
October 8, 1989
With the colorful lights of the carnival midway flickering in the background, some of the 23 members of the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis Club and their families prepared for a barbecue feast to celebrate the successful ending to a record-setting Manteca Pumpkin Fair. According to figures released by attendance operations chairman Ethan Allen Ives, 41,110 people attended the three-day fair.

10 years ago
October 9, 1999
Kirk Brown of Manteca received one of the biggest surprises of his life Friday. During a special assembly in honor of the visiting California First Lady Sharon Davis at Tracy High School where he teaches science classes, the 37 year-old Manteca High graduate was announced as the winner of the prestigious Milken Educator Award For Excellence, which comes with a $25,000 cash award.
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