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1920: Mantecas first Portuguese celebration
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90 years ago
May 27, 1920
The first annual Holy Ghost celebration ever held in Manteca will begin tomorrow evening and last through until Sunday night. This is the most important religious day among the Portuguese people and is made a great deal owing to its historical significance. The local committee - made up of the most important citizens of the Portuguese people - has arranged a big time and are assured that hundreds of people will attend from outside of San Joaquin County. The president of the group is Manuel Alves.

80 years ago
May 29, 1930
June 6 is the date of the eighth annual Commencement in the Manteca Union High School. The largest senior class in the history of the school is to be graduated that Friday evening. The class is composed of 26 girls and 24 boys for a total of 50. William Gubbins, student body president, is to be Valedictorian and Lena Noceti, secretary of the senior class, salutatorian. G. I. Linn is the principal.

70 years ago
May 23, 1940
The City Council at an adjourned meeting Monday night, officially accepted as completed the new sewer system, which has been under construction for the last several months. In a resolution submitted by John S. Bates, employed by the city to design and supervise the building of the system, it was stated that the job is now completed and in operation.

60 years ago
May 25, 1950
Shiro Hotta and Agatha Ott have received the honor of representing the 1950 graduating class as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Manteca Union High School. Vice-principal B. E. Claypool made the announcement during an assembly Monday morning. He also offered his congratulations to the winners of this high honor.

50 years ago
May 26, 1960
Brenda Darling, senior at Manteca Union High School, and head majorette, was named Miss Stockton at last Friday night’s annual pageant contest. Brenda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Darling, brings to Manteca, for the first time, the honor of representing Stockton and San Joaquin County in the Miss California contest, held next month at Santa Cruz.

40 years ago
May 27, 1970
Seven Manteca police officers, along with two men who recently resigned from the force, will graduate from Delta College June 6 with honors. Heading up the graduates in police science is Captain Leonard Taylor, followed by Sgt. Roger Sorrick, Sgt. Larry Cook, Daniel Beal, Ron Hedberg, Harold Thomas and Willie Weatherford.

30 years ago
May 29, 1980
Work on the Manteca bypass is accelerating to a projected completion date in late fall, according to Bob Mangum, CalTrans resident engineer. The project is 70 percent complete, with the eastern four miles of the six-mile bypass already paved.

20 years ago
May 25, 1990
Several longtime Mantecans have decided that the city can’t afford to lose any more of its history. To help preserve buildings, artifacts and photos that are a testament to the town’s past, these concerned citizens have started organizing the Manteca Historical Society. Ken Hafer, chairman pro-tem for the society, is very positive about the future.

10 years ago
May 25, 2000
The school district won’t be the same in June. Three of Manteca’s top four administrators are retiring when the school year ends. Superintendent Marvin Tatum and assistant superintendents Frank Purdy and Jerry Ogden announced their retirements earlier this year. Wednesday afternoon, they were honored at a “retirement open house” in the recently-christened Manteca Community Gym on the Golden West School property. Friends, relatives and a number of teachers and school-site administrators showed up to visit with the retirees.