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1936: Civil War veteran that guarded Lincolns bier dies
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10 years ago

October 31, 2006

The two new City of Manteca buses will pull away from the future site of the Manteca Transit Center Wednesday to begin routes to get Mantecans around town. “We’ve been running routes for some time and we’ve got it down pretty well,” said Sam Molina who is serving as general manager for Manteca with the MV Transportation firm that was awarded a 20-month contract to run the Manteca Transit system.  


20 years ago

October 29, 1996

Some 130 Lathrop residents attended Califia Development Group’s “town meeting” in the Lathrop Community Center Monday night to hear Norman Jarrett, managing partner and developer of Gold Rush City, along with Project Manager Darryl Foreman’s spin on the issue of Measure S, a growth control initiative on next Tuesday’s ballot. They said Measure S is bad for Lathrop and bad for Gold Rush City.


30 years ago

October 29, 1986

Mayor Jack Snyder and City Councilman Dave Balsinger have joined forces in hopes of guaranteeing no candidates get elected to office that support a controversial 50-table card room. The two announced their endorsements for John Haskins and incumbents Dick Cross and Bill Perry during a press conference Tuesday at City Hall.


40 years ago

October 27, 1976

A tentative pay package for Manteca Unified School District teachers may receive final ratification today at a special meeting of district teachers. The two-year contract calls for an across-the-board 5.5 percent salary increase in fiscal year 1976-77 and a six percent raise the next year. The tentative settlement was announced at a Tuesday afternoon press conference by Superintendent Richard Cherry and Manteca Educators Association President Earl Pimentel. The teachers were negotiating for the first time under a new state law which provides for collective bargaining for teachers.


50 years ago

October 26, 1966

Three street crossings on Southern Pacific Railroad tracks in Manteca have been given an immediate priority for automatic gate arms. The California Public Utilities Commission has recommended that City and SP officials meet as soon as possible to set up negotiations for the gate arms and to widen one of the streets. The City Council agreed Monday night to give City Manager Angelo Bressani the green light. The streets the PUC is recommending are South Main Street, Center Street and Walnut Avenue.


60 years ago

October 25, 1956

The Manteca Junior Chamber of Commerce is going to stage its annual Halloween party. The entire event will take place at the high school auditorium on October 31, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Featuring the program will be “Clarabelle” the clown and “Mr. Peanut” himself, both on stage and in person. Two drawings will take place, for a bicycle and for an automatic electric popcorn popper with 10 pounds of popcorn, courtesy of Mike’s Manteca Motors and Bi & Bi Market.


70 years ago

October 24, 1946

Holding an adjourned meeting Monday night for the purpose of examining bids for a new fire truck, the Manteca City Council reports that no one came forth with a bid. Little other business was transacted. Judge E. E. Douglass will move his quarters into the city hall as soon as convenient.


80 years ago

October 29, 1936

Death sounded taps yesterday afternoon at 2:15 o’clock for John L. Weaver, 90, last of Manteca’s Civil War veterans and guard at the bier of martyred President Abraham Lincoln. Death came to the aged veteran at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Sutliff on West Yosemite Avenue, following a one-day illness. Mr. Weaver was born in Pennsylvania in 1845 and came to Manteca in 1917 to reside with his daughter where he stayed until the time of his death.


90 years ago

October 28, 1926

An experimental test to determine the effectiveness of a ditch lining material that is claimed to be waterproof is being conducted by the South San Joaquin Irrigation District under the direct supervision of the engineering department. A stretch of ditch 100 feet in length has been dammed off at each end and filled with water in order to carry on the test. About a dozen Calla farmers and property owners asked that the “T” line ditch be lined to a point from Calla Corner to the W. H. Pennebaker place.


100 years ago

October 27, 1916

Manteca has yet several more surprises to offer the agricultural world. Since Ed Powers discovered that this is the home of the watermelon several years ago, many crops have been tried and none have yet failed. Sunflowers, sugar beets, beans, tomatoes, etc., have each one proven big money makers here. A few days ago, Andrew Veach, irrigation director and alfalfa raiser, will have 15 acres of cabbage planted.