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1997: Spreckels silos implode
POST OFFICE2 12-27-08
The post office on Maple Avenue in downtown Manteca was built in 1939 after Manteca launched a lobbying effort in 1937. - photo by Bulletin file photo

90 years ago

March 10, 1927

The City of Manteca has been served with a summons issued by the district attorney on behalf of the county in which a suit is to be brought against the city for $195, money alleged to be held illegally in the city treasury. The money is the accumulation of fines for violations of the Wright Act and the Motor Vehicle laws within the incorporate limits of the city. On the advice of City Attorney J. R. Scott, the board took no action on the matter at a meeting Monday night when the attention of the board was called to the proposed suit.


80 years ago

March 11, 1937

A committee to investigate the possibilities of getting a new federal post office building for this city was appointed at a meeting of the directors of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce at Ray’s Quick Lunch Thursday night. The committee comprises A. G. Pennebaker, Jos. A. Wilson and Howard Bartlett and the action of the local chamber was the result of a dispatch from Washington, D. C. the previous day announcing that increased receipts at the local post office had placed this city in the eligibility class for a new structure.


70 years ago

March 6, 1947

The first general community meeting to discuss a proposed community hospital since the movement was initiate d by the Young Women’s Service Club  was held last night in the Chamber of Commerce office. Representatives of several service organizations were present as preliminary work such as probable cost of a small, but adequate, hospital and possible sites were discussed.


60 years ago

March 7, 1957

A good crowd of merchants and other interested parties turned out last Thursday night to hear Douglas J. Carmody, traffic engineer of the City of Modesto, explain some of the facts needed to solve parking problems. The meeting climaxed several weeks of discussion around Manteca about the need for off-street parking.


50 years ago

March 8, 1967

Complications that have come up in installing cable television in Manteca have put back the first reception of piped-in programs here indefinitely, a General Electric representative said this week. Apparent reasons for holdup of the installation are two television stations’ objections to bringing in rival stations’ programs from the San Francisco Bay Area.


40 years ago

March 9, 1977

A packed Council chamber offered a lively round of applause to Buck Buchanan Monday night as he yielded the mayor’s chair to incoming Mayor Rick Wentworth, who called for the expression of appreciation for the retiring mayor. The occasion marked the end of Buchanan’s second term. The first, 1973-74, was marked by the establishment of the Industrial Park and by strong efforts on behalf of the State Route 120 Bypass.


30 years ago

March 6, 1987

The Manteca Unified School District chose two new principals to fill vacancies at elementary schools Tuesday. Delmer Derrick, currently a vice-principal at Neil Hafley School, was selected as principal of the new George McParland School, which will open next fall, and Rick Mello, currently a vice-principal at Lincoln School, will take over as principal at Shasta School next fall. Mello was chosen to replace Bill Pinto, who will retire as Shasta’s principal at the end of the school year.


20 years ago

March 18, 1997

It took 400 pounds of dynamite less than 10 seconds to blast Spreckels Sugar into history Monday before more than 10,000 onlookers. The awaited implosion toppled the four 15-story concrete silos onto concrete pads to the east that once served as the floor for two landmark warehouses. The California Highway Patrol temporarily closed traffic on the busy north-south 99 freeway as a dust cloud drifted in that direction.


10 years ago

February 15, 2007

Fifty-eight people on a daily average rode the new Manteca Transit buses in January. Ridership numbers show the basic fixed route Monday through Friday service that employs two buses at any given time had 828 riders in December, up from 341 riders in the inaugural month of November. The Dial-a-Ride service that picks up handicapped riders at their door saw numbers almost triple from November to December, going from 138 to 498 riders.