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Lathrop loses two historic houses at Louise/McKinley
Going, going, gone. A heavy equipment takes a big metal bite at the two-story house on the northeast corner of McKinley and Louise Avenue in Lathrop. It’s one of two houses that were razed so the intersection can be widened. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO/ The Bulletin
LATHROP – Another building of note in Lathrop bites the dust.
Actually, there were two of them that were literally pulverized by heavy equipment in the last few days.

One was the home of Pricilla H. Haynes, the first woman appointed to serve as Judge of the Manteca-Ripon-Escalon District Court who presided at the now-Manteca Superior Court Branch on Center Street. The house with the large floor-to-ceiling picture window and an in-ground pool in the back was located at the northeast corner of Louise and McKinley Avenue.

Just to the east of the judge’s former house was a two-story yellow house built on higher ground than the rest of its surrounding. With its elevation, the home had a commanding view of the largely vacant areas around it.

Mantecans Mel Kauffman and wife Joan, who own the long-running Delta A/C Supply in Lathrop, are the owners of the acreage on the northeast corner of the intersection as well as the two houses that were just razed to make way for the widening and improvement of Louise and McKinley.  This $2 million project is finally on its last stage after being held up for a number of reasons in the last two years, the last of which was the removal of the old power poles on both sides of the road by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Another delay was the relocation of the couple who lived in the judge’s former house and was renting the property from the Kauffmans.

The renters who lived in the two-story house were not part of the city-financed relocation program connected with the infrastructure project.