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1999: Manteca Police beef up staff for new years eve parties
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90 years ago
December 26, 1919
The proposed bond issue of $15,000 to take up some needed improvements in town as outlined by the city trustees was thrown into the discard at the meeting of the trustees last Monday night. After meeting with attorneys in San Francisco, City Attorney J. R. Scott advised that the plan as outlined at that time was impracticable.

80 years ago
December 26, 1929
One of the most pleasing and inspiring programs ever to be given at the Manteca Union High School was presented to the community as a Christmas gift by the Music Department and the Dramatics Club of the high school last Friday evening. The program opened with a Christmas processional in which the choral group, under the direction of W. L. Harmon, sang a number of Christmas songs and carols.

70 years ago
December 21, 1939
The big Community Christmas party for the children begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Manteca Ballroom on Grant Street. All the children of grammar school age and under in the city of Manteca and in the Manteca High School District have been invited. The hall is loaned through the courtesy of the F.D.E.S.M. and the party is sponsored by the Young Women’s Service Club.

60 years ago
December 22, 1949
New directors of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce to serve for two years are: Charles Bergthold, mortician; Robert Goodwin, farmer; Dr. Lloyd Henry, dentist; George Lucken, insurance agent; George Murphy Jr., newspaper publisher and Shirley D. Hopper, farmer. The six directors whose terms run for another year are: Oscar Breitenbucher, Paul H. Fry, Carl Hansen, John McFall, Kent Miller and C. L. Romero.

50 years ago
December 24, 1959
Trustees of Manteca Union High School will soon have to choose whether to enlarge their present plant or whether to purchase a new site. It has always been their basic thinking that a high school of 1,500 students was large enough. With an enrollment of 1,262 this year and an expected enrollment of 1,418 next year, enlargement must be ready by 1962.

40 years ago
December 26, 1969
City councilmen finally approved their $2,049,506 budget this week in the shortest budget session of the year. Department heads have been working on a day-to-day expenditure program with major item expenditures having to go before the council for approval since July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year.

30 years ago
December 26, 1979
Flickering lights in one section of town and an electrical failure in rural Manteca were the only problems in the wake of the area’s first major storm of the winter over the weekend. Despite an increase in wind velocity, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Continental Telephone experienced “no major difficulties” in the Manteca area.

20 years ago
December 21, 1989
This past Thanksgiving, Manteca’s Love Thy Neighbor gave away food baskets to 2,500 people. This Christmas, the philanthropic organization expects to serve the same number of people. Love Thy Neighbor started its annual Christmas food giveaway last Tuesday. “We hope to finish distributing by Saturday,” said Frances Bynum, founder and president of the organization.

10 years ago
December 27, 1999
Manteca police are busy preparing for one of the busiest party days of the year. Contrary to popular belief, New Year’s Eve is not the biggest party in town. This title is held by Super Bowl Sunday. The only thing unusual on tap for Friday are four New Year’s Eve bashes in the downtown district, with the largest being 800 people expected for the Party of the Century sponsored by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce at the Brickyard Oven restaurant. The police department is increasing the number of regular duty staff and adding reserves to the schedule.