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1912: People decide town of Manteca needs a school
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100 years ago

March 29, 1912

A school meeting was held at the East Union school house last Saturday to decide the important school question which had been before the people of that district for a year or so, as to the problem of a school in Manteca. The town of Manteca has enough children to maintain a school and the people demand it. Consequently, a vote was taken and it was carried by a large majority that a second school be established.

90 years ago

March 31, 1922

A determined effort will be made by the people of the Calla and Summer Home districts to get the Austin Road, or at least part of it from Calla corners to the French Camp Road, improved this summer. This strip of road, about three and a half miles long, carries a greater traffic than any other unimproved road in the county. It  is thickly settled its entire length and is certainly badly in need of improvement.

80 years ago

March 31, 1932

With the exception of contests which developed in two grammar school districts, the annual school election Friday passed off very quietly. In all other districts, the vote was extremely light. T. E. Reynolds and Geo. D. Murphy were re-elected without opposition as members of the Manteca Union High School board. Ernest Thran also had no opposition for re-elecction to the Manteca Grammar School board. Only 36 votes were cast in the Manteca district.

70 years ago

April 2, 1942

Scheduled to leave within the next few days is a group of young men comprising the quota of Local Draft Board 36 in the latest draft call. Included from this city are Robert Theiler, Frank Lombardo and Washington A. P. Jorgensen. Order numbers drawn in the most recent draft signup are being assigned to registrants, according to Mrs. Phyllis Youngblood, board clerk, and will probably be ready for posting on the downstairs bulletin board early next week.

60 years ago

March 27, 1952

Alfred D. Goodwin, prominent Manteca farmer and implement manufacturer, was appointed a member of the board of directors of the San Joaquin County Fair Association at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors a week ago yesterday afternoon. He was named to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of John I. Heffernan, first president of the board.

50 years ago

March 29, 1962

The Manteca Union High School Board of Trustees Monday night agreed to proceed with the purchase of a 64-acre site northwest of Manteca for a second high school site. The site is located approximately one-quarter mile south of Lathrop Road, on the east side of North Union Road. The site is very close to the recommendation made in the sketch plan of the city’s General Plan.

40 years ago

March 29, 1972

School trustees directed Superintendent Richard Cherry to develop a committee to look into the matter of a uniform dress code for all students and teachers of the Manteca Unified School District. The issue of a new dress code policy was placed on the agenda of Monday night’s regular board meeting by request of Trustee John Peters.

There’s a new number at the Manteca Police Department that anyone can call with information about crimes and not become involved. Detective Sergeant Larry Cook explained that the calls coming into the new line will be answered by an “electronic secretary”. The messages will be recorded and reviewed daily by the detective staff. The number is 239-CLUE.

30 years ago

March 31, 1982

A high unemployment rate with very little to offer in available employment. That is the situation facing San Joaquin County and particularly the Manteca area, reports Linda Monroe, manager of the Tracy and Manteca offices of the state Employment Development Department. Although Manteca’s unemployment rate is not as high as the 18.6 percent reported for the county as of February, opportunity for employment is extremely low, Monroe said.

10 years ago

April 9, 2002

A record 42,000 people made the sixth annual Crossroads Street Fair the most successful two-day event ever in Manteca. “We are extremely pleased, most of the vendors we surveyed were extremely happy, it was great,” said Convention & Visitors Bureau events director Linda Abeldt of this past weekend’s turnout. Abeldt said a few of the 350 vendors weren’t happy, but they had merchandise or crafts that didn’t appeal to the crowd.