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1970: Manteca police chief fired, given one hour to leave
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90 years ago
June 4, 1920
The Holy Ghost celebration held by the Portuguese societies in Manteca last Saturday and Sunday was the first one of its kind ever given here. But it was under the charge of tried veterans who made an unusual success. Fully 2,500 people marched in the big parade Sunday forenoon.

80 years ago
June 5, 1930
A petition signed by 111 local residents, some of them large property owners, was presented to the city council Monday night asking the reappointment of E. M. Levinton as water superintendent. Following the reading of the petition, there was a lengthy discussion resulting in a motion being made by Councilman B. F. Whittam and seconded by Councilman A. J. Whitaker that Levinton be appointed to fill the position. When put to a vote, Councilmen Williams, Palm and Overshiner voted against it.

70 years ago
May 30, 1940
Eighty graduates of the high school will receive diplomas from the hands of their principal, J. F. Bisig, at annual commencement exercises to be held tomorrow night at Pennebaker Field. Miss Marion Neal will be the valedictorian and Miss Ilah-Bell Hall will be the salutatorian.

60 years ago
June 1, 1950
At 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, while the members of the Manteca Rural Fire Department were home enjoying the Memorial Day holiday and about the time they were topping off their noonday meal with dessert, their serenity was disturbed by the sound of the fire alarm. Assistant Chief Gordon Young understood that the fire was on Freeway Avenue, a road leading off Highway 50 somewhere between Lathrop and French Camp. After much running around they learned that the blaze was on Frewert Avenue. When the members of the Manteca department arrived, they found that the Lathrop truck had already put out the blaze--a grass fire.

50 years ago
June 2, 1960
The thirty-eighth annual commencement exercise of Manteca Union High School will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Guss Schmiedt Field. As the high school band starts the procession, 214 graduates will take their seats in the field. Karen Skibinski is the valedictorian and Lenore Aden is the salutatorian.

40 years ago
June 3, 1970
Manteca Police Chief David Walsh was fired Wednesday afternoon. Walsh, chief of the local department for four years, was relieved of his duties at 3 p.m. by City Manager Donald Weidner, who reportedly told the chief he was to be out of his office within an hour.

30 years ago
May 30, 1980
John Brinton will act as interim city attorney. City Attorney Don Asher selected Brinton to represent the city during the search for an attorney to replace Asher. Asher turned in his city title for a Municipal Court gavel.

20 years ago
June 1, 1990
Members of the Shasta School Safety Patrol will be recognized by the Manteca City Council tonight for their service to the school and community. The 15 sixth-grade students comprise the only student safety patrol conducting crossing guard duties for their peers in the Manteca Unified School District. “It’s a very challenging job,” said patrol supervisor Sharon Cunial.

10 years ago
June 8, 2000
Parents claiming the school board is “out of control” are launching a recall drive against Manteca Unified trustees Paul Gutierrez, Nellie Zavala and Nancy Teicheira. The move on the eve of the school board’s decision to select a new district superintendent came against a backdrop of rumors flying through faculty lounges throughout Manteca Unified. Among items the staff believes: the school board is against promoting from within, discourages teachers from entering the administrative ranks and has no faith in the district office staff; Kathleen Boomer, the current assistant superintendent for personnel, was never treated as a serious candidate for superintendent by the board because she is part of the existing district team.