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Former Manteca resident returns for visit; impressed with helpful residents
Edwin Conner stands next to his Suburban. - photo by Photo Contributed

Edwin Conner, a resident from 1918-1939, returned to Manteca for his 97th birthday this past weekend. 

While touring the town with his family to show them where he grew up, the family’s car broke down on Cottage Avenue at Louise Avenue.  The friendly people of Manteca stopped and offered to help. Edwin’s son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and even his 2-year-old great-grandchild, who were along for the tour, were stuck on the side of the road with their Suburban.

On his tour of Manteca, Edwin enjoyed reminiscing over the town he grew up in more than 75 years ago, including working for Spreckels Sugar, attending Calla Grammar School and Manteca Union High School (Class of 1934) and having ice cream at the local creamery.

Thanks to the help of a local Manteca resident, they were able to finish their tour by visiting the Manteca Historical Society and Museum, where Edwin was baptized over 90 years ago.  During the visit, he delighted in showing his grandchildren school pictures of his sister and himself located in the museum.