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1939: Hearse suggested for ambulance service

100 years ago

January 24, 1919

D. O. Castle, one of the successful farmers of this vicinity, has at last acceded to the request of many property owners to become a candidate for director of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District for Division No. 5. The district is now represented by Mr. Lambert who does not again desire the position.


90 years ago

January 24, 1929

Friday, while Albert Brocchini, aged 11, was returning from school to his home south of this city, his bicycle skidded on the wet pavement and as the result of a fall, the youth sustained concussion of the brain. He was brought to the Manteca Hospital where he is under the care of Dr. L. E. Tretheway.


80 years ago

January 19, 1939

Members of the Manteca Businessmen’s Association at their monthly meeting at Ray’s Quick Lunch Tuesday night, heard John T. Smith report that it might be possible to get Fry & Smith, local funeral directors, to place their large car in service as an ambulance as a means of filling a need felt here for a long time. President Joshua Mewborn appointed a committee comprising Smith, F. Y. Kraft and Dr. A. J. Whitaker to confer with P. L. Fry of the undertaking firm.


70 years ago

January 21, 1949

The problem of providing protection at the Main and North Street crossing for children attending the Lindbergh School was again given considerable discussion at a luncheon meeting of the Manteca Safety Council at Ray’s Quick Lunch Tuesday. Mrs. Wayne Johnson presented a letter to the Council, signed by 15 mothers of children attending the school, urging the Council to take action looking toward protection at that point.


60 years ago

January 22, 1959

Several years of civic activity brought 30 year-old Donald Jessee the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” award. Jessee received the honor at the Jaycees’ annual awards dinner held last night at the FESM Hall. Jessee, Manteca manager for Turner Hardware, has been active in chamber of commerce work, both senior and junior.


50 years ago

January 22, 1969

Manteca apparently has a serious and growing problem with drugs and narcotics, enough of a problem to warrant the assigning of a sergeant to focus all of his attention to drug education and enforcement of narcotics laws. The City Council has approved assigning Sergeant Larry Cook to be a one-man local narcotics squad.


40 years ago

January 21, 1979

Principal Robert Parker of Lincoln Elementary School, his effectiveness as an administrator dominated by problems stemming from his arrest for shoplifting January 6, and a flurry of parental complains which followed, resigned his post Monday. Manteca High School vice-principal Marion Elliott was named temporary acting principal of Lincoln for the remainder of the school year.


30 years ago

January 25, 1989

It’s official. Manteca Unified School District has its first Mello-Roos Community Facilities District, paving the way for new elementary and high school facilities. The Mello-Roos CFD was formed within the proposed Weston Ranch residential development following a vote by the four landowners’ legal representatives taken during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.


20 years ago

January 28, 1999

Growth cap rules and not sewer allocations may put a crimp in 1999 construction plans for 10 Manteca developers seeking city permission to build 1,748 homes. Community Development Director Irwin Kaplan cautioned the development community that the 3.9 percent growth cap adopted in 1986 would have greater impact on building plans for 1999 than available sewer allocations.


10 years ago

January 26, 2009

There were 399 homes lost to foreclosure within Manteca’s city limits in 2007. That jumped to 1,153 — or up 189 percent — in 2008. A little less than one in 11 Manteca single family homes were lost to foreclosure between 2007 and 2008. Over one thousand existing homes were sold in 2008 at a median price of $225,000, or $188,000 off the market’s peak in 2006. Experts say the majority of the 2008 homes that avoided foreclosure either had deals worked out with new loans or were short sales.