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1911: Joshua Cowell builds new I.O.O.F. Hall
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100 years ago
June 25, 1911

Josh Cowell was presented at the real house warming of his new office building in Manteca Monday with a box of cigars. Mr. Cowell has added to his reputation as a public-spirited citizen who is willing to back up his spirit with the cash. He now has a building which is a masterpiece to any town. The lighting is good in the new building and the furnishings are up to date. The I.O.O.F. rooms on the second floor are neat and nicely furnished and Saturday night the hall be opened for the grand institution and installation.

90 years ago
June 24, 1921

The big hangers announcing the Fourth of July celebration at Salmon’s Grove are out and promise a real treat on the nation’s natal day. There will be horse racing, greased pole contests, running contests and many other contests which will please both boys and girls. The big feature will be the rodeo in which McFall’s 50 bucking horses will take part. The program will last three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and every day will have some big features. Salmon’s Grove is one of the prettiest places in the county and will draw big crowds.

80 years ago
June 25, 1931

The tangled affairs of the Festa Do Divino Espirito Santo de Manteca Inc., local Portuguese society which sponsors the annual Holy Ghost celebration in this city, have been taken into court and a hearing will be held today in Stockton. The group represented by the board of directors asks an injunction to prevent the defendants, the group represented by the officers of the society, from “pretending” to conduct the organization and from holding the Holy Ghost celebration. Damages of $20,000 are sought.

70 years ago
June 26, 1941

The coming weekend will be a gala occasion for Manteca and hundreds of visitors from central and northern California will be here to witness and take part in the annual Pentecostal celebration held under the auspices of the F.D.E.S.M. Inc. The streets are to be gaily decorated with flags and bunting. Business men are asked to display their flags and help make the city as attractive as possible. The honor of reigning as queen of the fiesta goes to Miss Lorraine Parreira, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe L. Parreira of Snelling. The little queen is Bernice Souza.

50 years ago
June 22, 1961

A 10-acre plot at the northwest corner of Union Road and Highway 120 may become Manteca’s first major shopping center. The city planning commissioners Tuesday night approved the re-zoning of the property to C-2. The matter was referred to the local group by the county planning commission and the county group will now act on the request. Tentative plans call for a bowling alley as well as several stores at the site.

40 years ago
June 23, 1971

“We need more money for the Fourth of July Celebration”, Gladys Brock, Manteca District  Chamber of Commerce secretary, told the special events committee at Monday’s noon meeting. Mrs. Brock told the committee that only $1,000 of the approximately $1,700 needed as come in.

30 years ago
June 21, 1981

In a display of generosity, Antone Raymus donated $100,000 to the upcoming Boys and Girls Club of Manteca Friday. Raymus, owner of Raymus Real Estate-Insurance and the Manteca News, said the donation comes from his confidence in what the club hopes to accomplish.

This is indeed the hottest month of June you’ve ever experienced around these parts. Thursday was the tenth straight day in which the mercury climbed to 100 degrees or more. The 10-day streak is the longest one ever recorded in the month of June. The old record was six straight days in June,1960.

20 years ago
June 23, 1991

An idea for the city to sponsor a permanent sign honoring Manteca military personnel who served in Desert Storm was dropped when the proposal failed to gain support at the City Council level. City Councilman Wayne Flores said he was impressed with such a sign erected along a freeway in Tracy and wanted to do the same here. But Flores said he had no idea city staff would recommend spending up to $1,500 on such a sign and his fellow council members frowned on that expense.

10 years ago
June 27, 2001

Buyers of new homes will bear the burden of taxes designated for new schools in Weston Ranch and South Manteca. Manteca Unified School trustees voted Tuesday to issue bonds paid for by areas of the district where new homes are being built the fastest. The bonds will be floated in areas called “community facilities districts”. One of the districts is the Weston Ranch area while the other is more broad, taking in projects throughout Manteca.