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1949: Local speaker says Chinese communism only temporary
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90 years ago
February 21, 1919

P. Montague was awarded the contract for the main sewer and though he furnished the bond and seemed to be anxious to get his contract completed, little has been done. At a meeting of the city trustees Monday night, a letter from him was read notifying them that he would not complete the contract. The trustees are not to be fooled and City Attorney J. R. Scott advised them to notify him to go ahead.

80 years ago
February 21, 1929

One of the worst cases of vandalism that has ever come to the attention of local officers was committed in Yosemite Grammar School last Thursday night. The panels of five doors to classrooms, one to the stockroom and one to the library, were smashed by someone who entered the building, apparently looking for money. Entrance was gained by cutting the screen and opening a window.

70 years ago
February 16, 1939
Rabbits, one of the most destructive pests with which farmers have to contend, will be exterminated by the hundreds on Washington’s Birthday next Wednesday. The drive will be conducted under the sponsorship of the Calla and Nile Garden Farm Bureau centers, with Robert Goodwin and Lyle Smith as co-chairmen. Hunters are to assemble at the Calla schoolhouse at 8:30 o’clock where they are to leave their cars and be transported in trucks to the starting line at Jack Tone Road and the hunters will travel west to the Durham Ferry Road.

60 years ago
February 18, 1949

The annual membership dinner meeting of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce in the new banquet hall of the Federated Church Wednesday night was one of the largest ever held. About 225 persons attended. Guest speaker was Dr. Edwin Ding of the College of the Pacific, who spoke on “China—the Enigma Among Nations.” Even though China has succumbed to communism, it will only be temporary, Dr. Ding believes.

50 years ago
February 19, 1959

Elimination of all burning in the downtown area, and greater control over burning in the residential area will be the result of a fire ordinance passed Monday night by the City Council. The fire prevention law will go into effect in 30 days. The new ordinance will affect burning within the city limits and Fire Chief Victor Killian gave a brief resume of the burning regulations.

40 years ago
February 19, 1969

The names of Douglas Lapins, 30, and Betty Jean Ruble, 43, bring to five the number of those persons who have lined up for the trustee seats of the Manteca Unified School District’s fifth district, the former Manteca Elementary District. Two seats will be open in that area, due to the expiration of the terms of Dr. Russell Carter and Ted Poulos. They declined to run again. In area 2 (Lathrop), farmer Joseph Widmer and plumbing contractor Lawrence Plummer have announced their candidacy.

30 years ago
February 16, 1979

The city’s last mayor to be chosen by the City Council from among its own members—unless voters someday reverse themselves—will be elected Tuesday night. Mantecans, in the last Municipal General Election, last March 7, voted 950 to 559 to put the mayoralty seat on the ballot in March 1980 at the same time fixing the term of office at two years (rather than four years).

20 years ago
February 16, 1989

A freight train carrying military ammunition and other hazardous materials derailed in Manteca early Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 residents in a nine-square-block area around the accident site. The 82-car train came from Houston and was headed for Oakland when 48 of its cars derailed in a two-block area along Moffat Boulevard near South Main Street at 5:55 a.m. No injuries were reported in the incident.

10 years ago
February 24, 1999

Wayne Flores Tuesday became the sixth candidate to pick up nomination papers for the special June 8 City Council election. Larry Lenschmidt has already returned his papers for the election designed to fill the vacancy created on the council with Carlon Perry’s winning the mayor’s seat in the November balloting. Four others have also taken out their papers. They are Sid Reams, Dave Macedo, Cecilia Drake and John Crothers. Flores had placed fourth in the November election for two council seats.