100 years ago
January 19, 1912
Ed Powers is a busy man. He is selling life insurance as an agent of the Western States Life Insurance Company. He has sold $80,000 of life insurance policies in about one month.
90 years ago
January 20, 1922
There was very little business before the city trustees Monday night and they adjourned early. Chairman Carl Palm was absent and trustee Bomberger acted in his place. Trustees Levenson, Koster and Ghent were also present. A communication was read from the telephone company stating that the request for moving of poles will be completed soon. Robert Hayner of the Pleezall barber shop was granted permission to erect a shoe shine chair for a young ex-service man in front of his shop.
80 years ago
January 21, 1932
Snow covering the ground to a depth of two inches fell here last Thursday night between 9 o’clock and midnight. The snowfall was followed by a heavy downpour of rain, causing the snow to melt before morning, except for a few traces here and there. This was the first time Manteca has been visited by a snow since January 12, 1930.
70 years ago
January 22, 1942
The Observation Post which has been located at the Dr. H. C. Lee home on East Yosemite Avenue since it was opened the early part of last month has been moved to the Calla School grounds. A small building for the purpose has been erected at the southeast corner of the school property and it has been properly equipped for the convenience and comfort of the observers.
60 years ago
January 17, 1952
Members of the high school and all the elementary schools within the high school district were called to meet last night for the purpose of discussing problems of mutual interest. Among the subjects on the agenda for discussion were Scripture reading in the classrooms and 30-minute duty-free lunch periods. Those scheduled to take part in the discussions were Neil Hafley, district superintendent of the local grammar schools; Julius Lehfeldt, principal of the Lathrop School; Mrs. Ettie King of Calla School; William Pinto of the Manteca Grammar Schools; and Rudolph Weyland of the Manteca High School.
50 years ago
January 18, 1962
Ken Hafer, proprietor of the Manteca Furniture Store, was named as Manteca’s “Young Man of the Year” last night at the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. The annual event drew a large crowd at the FESM Hall. Hafer, who has been active in civic affairs for several years, was presented the award by Judge Pricilla Haynes, chairman of the selection committee.
40 years ago
January 21, 1972
City Hall will revert to a five-step salary plan for department heads similar to that of other city employees, rather than the merit system that is currently being used. City Manager Richard Jones said Monday night that he preferred the old system last used in 1968 to merit increases.
30 years ago
January 18, 1982
The official word is yet to come, but the message is all too clear for Libbey-Owens-Ford plant officials expected to issue layoff notices to at least half of the Lathrop operation’s employees. Plant Manager Joseph Koscho has predicted “more than 50 percent, but less than 75 percent” of the glass factory’s 550 hourly workers and 115 other workers will be laid off within the following two weeks. Industrial Relations Manager Jack Snyder confirmed those figures from Monday’s Stockton Record.
20 years ago
January 18, 1992
Although the Manteca City Council voted to keep a proposed homeless shelter from settling in one of Manteca’s oldest and most “picturesque” neighborhoods, the city leaders vowed to form an ad-hoc committee to keep the project from dying. In a 2-1 vote, the council overturned the Planning Commission’s November 26 approval of a use permit for the shelter at 125 N. Lincoln Avenue. Councilman Wayne Flores was the only council member to vote against the appeal brought by William Noyes, a resident of Lincoln Avenue.
10 years ago
January 18, 2002
After months of bickering over salaries and benefits, the school district has reached agreements with unions representing teachers and school support staff for this year’s contracts. The district agreed to give both unions a 4.7 percent total raise. The California School Employees Association, however, applied some of the money toward a benefits cap and raising employees’ life insurance by $30,000. The Manteca Educators Association, which represents about 1,000 teachers and other employees, approved its contract by about 91 percent.