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2004: Downpour floods Manteca intersections
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100 years ago

October 9, 1914

The Manteca Board of Trade had a very lively session Wednesday at which they elected officers for the coming year as follows: President: E. Powers; vice-president: L. J. Delmege; secretary: R. D. Bessac; treasurer: Fred Norcross. The matter of the exhibit at the State Fair was brought up showing that chiefly by the work of Mr. Powers in collecting exhibits, the Manteca Board of Trade has something like $77 in the treasury as its share of the prize money won.


90 years ago

October 10, 1924

The name “Manteca” is now prominently displayed on many of the road maps and tourist guides of this state. The change is a recent one and is largely the result of the efforts of W. A. Greer, owner of Greer’s Auto Park on North Main Street. After noticing that the city was not mentioned on many of the road maps when he opened the local camp a few months ago, he took the matter up with the firms printing those maps.


80 years ago

October 11, 1934

Final plans for the benefit whist, pedro party and dance to be held in the new Calla schoolhouse next Saturday night were made at a meeting of the committee Tuesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Goodwin. The affair is being given to raise money to help pay for equipment in the kitchen of the new schoolhouse, which was completed last month to replace the structure destroyed by fire on January 19.


70 years ago

October 12, 1944

National Future Farmer Day was observed here October 10 by members of the Manteca Union High School Future Farmers of American chapter by a special meeting at which officers for the coming year were elected. Officers elected were: Richard Richina, president; Herbert Fisher, vice-president; Arthur Garcia, secretary; John Silveira, treasurer; Angelo Spandrio, reporter; Bob Madoski, historian; and Felice Rodoni, sergeant-at-arms. Plans were made for concession sales at the football games and for initiation of new members. 


60 years ago

October 7, 1954

Dave Vest was elected president of the Manteca District Volunteer Ambulance Service at the annual election meeting Monday night. Other officers selected were: E. E. Douglass, vice-president and Merrit Lowry, secretary-treasurer. Dale Johnson is the outgoing president, a position he has held since the ambulance was first proposed about five years ago.


50 years ago

October 7, 1964

A second attempt will be made to unify the Manteca Union High School District and April 20 has been set as the election date. This action was taken Wednesday night by the Committee on School District Organization at a public hearing held at New Haven School. The first election for unification was held in 1962 and it lost by the slim margin of 73 votes.


40 years ago

October 9, 1974

City Councilmen Monday night purchased a second option on 45 acres of land adjacent to the existing Manteca Municipal Golf Course for a token $1 fee. The city currently holds a five-year option on the land, but the owners, Melvin and Marjorie Crom, are offering the city a reduced purchase price of $2,500 an acre through the remaining calendar year.


30 years ago

October 9, 1984

Confirming school officials’ beliefs, asbestos found at three Manteca elementary schools has been determined to be safe. “I was very pleased,” said Harold Hughes, Manteca Unified School District deputy superintendent Monday. “All three schools were essentially negative for asbestos fibers,” he said. Air samples at Shasta, Yosemite and Nile Garden schools all showed the lowest possible readings.


20 years ago

October 7, 1994

Nearly 500 teachers marched through Manteca Monday to fight for a salary increase from the Manteca Unified School District. Members of the Manteca Educators Association, dressed in black, handed out buttons with pictures of frowning faces to express disappointment with the district’s offer of a one-time 2 percent bonus. The MEA originally requested a 3.5 percent salary increase for the district’s 650 teachers but was turned down by the school board. 


10 years ago

October 20, 2004

Heavy rain collapsed the roof of B. F. Funsten’s Tuesday as nearly two inches of rain fell as of 8 p.m. The city’s official rain gauge at the Civic Center recorded 1.49 inches by 3 p.m., with most of that falling between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Intersections were flooded, threatening homes and snarling traffic. Winds peaked at 32 mph in the early afternoon.