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1984: Fire leaves $250k damage to Manteca Bulletin newsroom

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POSTED January 19, 2014 6:06 p.m.

100 years ago

January 9, 1914

Miss J. W. Sanford was in Stockton Tuesday to identify the two men held as suspects in the Toggery robbery last month. On the evening of the crime, the two men held in the Stockton jail occupied a room in the Manteca Hotel, that is, they went into the room and were not seen again. The chain of evidence is complete against the Toggery robbers.

90 years ago

January 11, 1924

Beginning next Tuesday morning, the patrons of the Manteca post office will get their mail in the new city hall building. Postmaster J. W. Platt announced yesterday that all arrangements for moving in the first of the week were completed. The new post office will have 500 boxes, compared to 280 in the old building. Mr. Platt stated that the numbers will be retained for the present holders, as far as possible.

80 years ago

January 11, 1934

February 24 was chosen as the date for holding the annual dance at the meeting of the Manteca Volunteer Fire Department Friday night. Chief E. R. Van Sandt appointed the following committees to handle the various details of the dance: music: Ed Dumoulin, Ed Street and David Rocha; advertising: Roy Fairbank, Street and Jack Rogers; publicity: George Murphy; ticket sales: J. L. Barber, Tom Brockman, Rocha and Sam Hanna.

70 years ago

January 6, 1944

Among two building permits granted by the Council at a meeting Monday night was one to Joseph L. Binet for $34,900 for the remodeling and converting into 18 apartments of the Hotel Manteca property. The remodeling is under a Federal Housing Authority program and the apartments will be for the use of employees of the Manteca Magnesium Plant.

60 years ago

January 7, 1954

Oscar Breitenbucher, proprietor of the Joaquin Tire Service, was elected president of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce at a reorganization meeting of the board of directors last night. Elected to serve with him were Dick Rusevich, first vice-president; Merle Thompson, second vice-president; and John Gatto, re-elected treasurer.

50 years ago

January 8, 1964

Joe Freitas will be this year’s president of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce as the group met in a breakfast meeting last Wednesday morning. Hal Michael was re-appointed secretary-manager for the coming year. Other officers are Don Winfree, first vice-president; Jerry Lee, second vice-president. Esther Thoma will handle the duties of treasurer, replacing John Gatto, who has held the seat for more than 20 years.

40 years ago

January 9, 1974

“Concrete” evidence that Manteca’s State Route 120 Bypass is off the engineers’ drawing tables and actually under way are the huge pre-cast irrigation pipe sections going underground this week at the future intersection of the highway and Spreckels Road. South San Joaquin Irrigation District is burying the line so will be protected from the upcoming construction.

30 years ago

January 6, 1984

Manteca fire investigators have determined a point of origin but no cause for the early morning fire last Friday that swept through the Manteca Bulletin newsroom, leaving behind a $250,000 blackened trail of damage. Manteca Fire Prevention Officer Gary Smith said the 2 a.m. fire apparently started in an area next to a reporter’s desk where a wastebasket and pile of newspapers and magazines were stored.



20 years ago

January 11, 1994

Manteca Unified School District hopes to decide major elementary school attendance boundaries and whether to close Yosemite School by June. Because Joshua Cowell, a K-8 school, will be opening in August, Yosemite may not be needed, according to Marv Tatum, an assistant superintendent for the district.  Yosemite School is a K-6 facility.



10 years ago

January 14, 2004

Trustees of the Manteca Unified School District finally got it right Tuesday in naming Cathy Nichols-Washer as their permanent superintendent. The board was anxious to take action of removing the interim title at last month’s meeting but in doing so would have been in violation of state laws. “She’s soft-spoken but strong,” Trustee Paul Gutierrez said. “She’s highly qualified, sensitive to the issues and capable of meeting the challenges ahead.”

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