Henry C. Long — a farmer with roots dating back to 1901 in French Camp — is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremonies are taking place Saturday, May 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $60 apiece and are available through the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St., or by calling 239.5437.
Other inductees Phil Waterford, Special Recognition; Richard Moon Yee, Health Care; Randall K. Yee, Health Care; Michael Bruce Mallory, Business; Peter P. Dalben, Government; Arnita Marie Yepez, Community Service; George (Joe) Handy, Education; and Walker Vick, Athletics.
Long is being inducted in the field of agriculture.
Long farmed for 45 years in the French Camp area where his family has resided since 1901.
Growing up, Long worked on the family’s 300-acre farm that consisted of dry crops.
He enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served two years,
Long took over the family farm in 1954. He switched from dry crops to alfalfa, asparagus, tomatoes, sugar beets and wheat. He joined his brother William and farmed under the partnership of Long Brothers before retiring in 1995. At the height of the farming operation they raised crops on more than 550 acres.
Long’s community involvement includes:
u48 years with the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau including stints on the board as well as the Bureau’s land and water committees.
userving on the Ag Advisory Board.
uNisei Farmers League Board of Directors.
uDelta Water Users Association.
uSan Joaquin County Economic Development Association.
udirector of the French Camp-McKinley Fire District for 40 years from 1969 to 2010.
unamed French Camp Man of the Year in 1988.
umember of the Dante Club for 63 years.
uchairman of Reclamation District 17 covering 17 miles along the San Joaquin River.
upast president of the French Camp Chamber of Commerce.
He also is a member of the Liguri Mondo Club, Swiss-Italian Club, Italian Catholic Federation 390 in Tracy, the Bersagiloeri Men’s Club, and the Native Sons’ Club in Stockton, San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club in Ripon, and the Stanislaus Swiss Association.
Long was inducted into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of fame in 2012.