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1935: Large levee break on San Joaquin River
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100 years ago

June 11, 1915

H. C. Brown, traveling freight agent of the Western Pacific and its affiliated branches, was in Manteca yesterday and was taken over the Nile Garden and West Colony country by W. J. Woodward. Mr. Brown is looking for a large share of the freight business in the Nile Garden section.


90 years ago

June 12, 1925

Following a week during which the local police department was exceptionally bus y, the city of Manteca was several dollars to the good in fines. Young Henry Loumena is a sad, but wiser, lad these days because he just couldn’t keep his foot off the accelerator while driving a car through the city. Officer Lebowsky gave chase to him the other day and, as a result, the lad was released to the local Boy Scout Master for disciplining.


80 years ago

June 13, 1935

With both the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers receding from their peak of the first of the week, the water in the flooded area in the River Junction Farms is also slowly disappearing, but it may be several weeks before it is completely gone. Several families moved back to their homes, but were again forced to evacuate e. The break in the levee of the San Joaquin River is between 400 and 500 feet long.


70 years ago

June 14, 1945

A telegram from the War Department last Thursday informed Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Harding of rural Manteca that their son, T/4 Leslie Harding, had died in the Philippine Islands, July 14, 1942. Stationed at Clark Field with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron when it was attacked, it is presumed he was taken prisoner and died in one of the prison camps.


60 years ago

June 9, 1955

Ed Dumoulin, city councilman for the past five years, has submitted his resignation effective June 6. Dumoulin said he was resigning because of “business pressure which takes more of my time every day.” Dumoulin is co-proprietor of the Manteca Plumbing Co. Mayor Carl Hansen paid tribute to Dumoulin, stating he was “one of the best councilmen ever to serve on this board.”


50 years ago

June 9, 1965

Manteca Mayor Henry Loumena received a check for $4,000 from Dr. Robert Winter, president of the Manteca Lions Club, and Bill Klippel, club treasurer, that will pay for the building of the new wading pool now being completed in Lincoln Park. The presentation fulfilled a promise made to the City Council by the Lions Club more than a year ago.


40 years ago

June 13, 1975

More than 1,500 school youngsters and 60-some teachers will be back in the classrooms on July at Golden West and Lathrop Elementary Schools. They will be part of the first application in the Central Valley of a system of continuous scheduling which is called Year Round Schools (YRS). Primary objective is to make better use of school plants as costs zoom and funds become less available.


30 years ago

June 12, 1985

Six months and $10,000 later, city officials think they may have found a suitable new well site even though lab samples show the water contains excessive levels of iron. Public Works Director Michael Brinton said the test well drilled at Greystone Park showed high iron content, but “everything else is fine.”


20 years ago

June 12, 1995

Manteca’s efforts to build a bikeway on the abandoned Tideway railroad property have taken the city down a long and winding road of federal red tape. City officials say inexplicable delays have jeopardized the entire project, and they had appealed to State Sen. Pat Johnston for help. “Quite frankly, we are very concerned,” said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Houx. “We’re losing our patience with the red tape and the hoops.”


10 years ago

June 11, 2005

May marked the slowest month for new single family housing permits in Manteca since at least 1988. The city issued just 10 permits for new homes. The slowdown reflects a wastewater treatment plant capacity that won’t be resolved until early 2006 when the municipal expansion project is completed. Demand, meanwhile, for new housing is strong.