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1929: City celebrates new street light system
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90 years ago
June 20, 1919
Lucky McFall and his committee, who are working to make a big success of the rodeo on July 4, 5 and 6, reported everything coming along all right at the regular meeting of the Firemen Tuesday evening. So far as known, everything will be ready at sun-up Friday morning. Chas. Berry, one of the best-known horsemen in the state, has arrived with 15 wild and wooly horses for the races.

80 years ago
June 20, 1929
Manteca celebrated last evening the turning on of the lights of the new street lighting system recently completed and installed in this city--celebrated with a parade having in line the City Councilmen, the Manteca Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, members of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce and a large number of automobiles, and headed by the South San Joaquin Band, which furnished tuneful music during the parade and later in the evening. The new system comprises 18 lights of 600 candlepower each and are of the bracket electrolier type.

70 years ago
June 15, 1939
The seventeenth annual commencement of the local high school was held at Pennebaker Field last Friday night. The diplomas were presented to the 90 graduates by Guss Schmiedt, president of the board of trustees of the high school and whose son, Lester, was a member of the class. Valedictorians were Miss Annie Da Milano and Jay Percival.

60 years ago
June 17, 1949
Dates for the annual FDESM Holy Ghost celebration have been set for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. Selected for the honor of serving as queen for this year’s fiesta is Miss Mary Camara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Camara. Her maids of honor will be Misses Lorraine Moniz and Marjorie Silva. Manuel Teicheira is president of the society.

50 years ago
June 18, 1959
Confirming rumors running rampant since last year, Libbey-Owens-Ford, big glass firm with headquarters at Toledo, Ohio, formally announced the purchase of 874 acres of land south of Lathrop. Just what is in store for the huge site is still somewhat up in the air. The official company statement merely said the land had been purchased.

40 years ago
June 18, 1969
Charges of coercion, harassment and intimidation of employees and denials of such actions were tossed back and forth during Monday night’s city council meeting as representatives of a union sought recognition. Councilmen, following the advice of City Attorney Duane Martin, did not officially recognize the union representatives and such action will probably be pending until  the council adopts guidelines on recognizing employee organizations.

30 years ago
June 15, 1979
Pacific Gas and Electric has called for a stage one power cutback by all residential, commercial and industrial customers in Manteca, John Iribarren, manager of the local PG&E office, said Wednesday. Consumers of gas and electricity re being asked to voluntarily raise their thermostats to 85 degrees and defer use of non-critical appliances. Reason for the PG&E alert came Wednesday when the power demand was within four percent of generating capabilities.

20 years ago
June 21, 1989
The Manteca Unified School District will spend $43,864 to remove hazardous asbestos materials from five elementary and two high schools this summer, Board of Education members decided Tuesday night. The asbestos, which can cause cancer, is mostly found in insulating wraps around pipes and tanks that are in hard-to-reach places, Business Services Director Jerry Ogden said.

10 years ago
June 18, 1999
An avid outdoorsman. A faithful husband devoted to his wife. A very caring father. An active church leader whose work with people and especially with the youth was wholly “motivated by his love for God.” That’s how family and friends remembered Manteca Fire Captain Tom Moore, who died Wednesday when he fell 18 feet to the ground during training exercises at the Regional Fire Training Center in Modesto. He was the city’s first fire fighter to die in the line of duty. He had celebrated his 38th birthday last week.