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1966: Kraft Cheese closing Manteca plant
This photo of the Kraft Cheese plant on Oak Street in Manteca was taken in 1942. - photo by Photo Contributed

100 years ago

December 1, 1916

The Manteca Board of Trade will meet in their rooms next Wednesday night. The report of the right-of-way committee for procuring the ingress of the Tidewater road will be heard. The committee consists of E. Powers, Joshua Cowell and W. J. Woodward. The plans for the Manteca jail will be gone over. The jail will be built as soon as possible by the Board of Supervisors.


90 years ago

December 2, 1926

A special committee has been appointed by the chamber of commerce to meet next Tuesday evening to canvass the ballots cast by the members for the election of seven directors. The committee selected to count the vote is as follows: B. T. Bringier, Stanley Dye, H. R. Fewell, Mild red A. Forbes, Mayme Powers, Frank Williams, Jack Vandervoort and Joseph A. Wilson.


80 years ago

December 3, 1936

Dr. Edward Wilson has become associated with Dr. L. E. Tretheway in the practice of medicine and surgery and arrived here Tuesday. Dr. Wilson is already well-known here, having resided in this city for several years with his parents, the late E. W. Wilson and Mrs. Wilson. Dr. Wilson graduated from the local high school in 1927. He graduated from the Stanford University Medical School in 1934 and did pre-medical work at the same institution.

70 years ago

November 28, 1946

An invitation has been received by Robert R. Smith, musical director for Manteca Union High School, to enter the school band in the pageant at the East-West football game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on New Year’s Day. The annual classic is for the benefit of the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital in that city. Mr. Smith has accepted the invitation, considered among high schools as a very high honor, and will take the band, comprising 60 students in uniform, together with three majorettes and a color guard.


60 years ago

November 29, 1956

Richard Shideler, 16 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shideler of Lathrop, has been named the top boy in the nation in the National Turkey Federation Youth Achievement Award Contest. His award will be an all-expense paid trip to the National Turkey Federation convention in Cincinnati, Ohio in January. In addition, he will receive a $500 scholarship to the school of his choice and a national award plaque.


50 years ago

November 30, 1966

Manufacturing of cheese and cream cheese at the Manteca Kraft Foods plant will, under present plans, be discontinued by March 31 because of the consistently declining supply of manufacturing milk in California, according to an announcement by H. F. Marston, Vice-president and General Manager. “Kraft will make every effort,” he said, “to make this transition with the least possible inconvenience to the people that will be affected by this decision.”


40 years ago

December 3, 1976

A total of 103 entries, including everything from the Manteca Jaycees jumping car to Mr. Thompson’s jackass, will be featured tomorrow morning as the Manteca Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Christmas Parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Leading the parade will be a police escort, followed by the VFW color guard. Channel 10 newsman Dick Cable will be featured as the Grand Marshal and will be joined by Miss Manteca Renee Johnson.


30 years ago

November 29, 1986

Better organization and a working phone system Friday enabled health officials to inoculate more than 500 Manteca High School students from Hepatitis A, a disease some may have been exposed to by a student food worker earlier this month.  “We’re better organized,” said Betty Walraven Ingell, coordinator of health services for the Manteca Unified School District. “We weren’t as well organized at the beginning (Wednesday).”An unidentified youth had worked at the school cafeteria’s snack bar.


20 years ago

November 30, 1996

It hasn’t been a smooth transition out of public office for lame-duck Councilman Wayne Flores. Critics chided him as a “sore loser” for missing both a regular council meeting and a special meeting on libraries in November, even though he’s still drawing a $400 a month stipend. There’s also the matter of how he’ll repay the city the $1,700 balance on his personal computer loan. Flores placed fifth in a six-man race for re-election to a council seat earlier this month.


10 years ago

December 2, 2006

Manteca won’t be a “dry” town by the time 2008 rolls around.  There are no less than seven decorative and interactive water features either approved or on the drawing boards for Manteca projects. That doesn’t include the city’s first water feature that is already in place at the entrance to Atherton Homes’ Avalon Estates off South Main Street, south of Woodward Avenue.