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Monthly museum gathering recalls days gone by
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Ron Howe displays a 1983 photo of himself standing in front of the J.J. Overshiner bungalow on Tuesday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Ron Howe found two 1913 newspaper articles on the J.J. Overshiner bungalow.

Rocky Wilson came upon a framed charter of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles along with some of photographs from yesteryear discovered recently at the American Legion building.

Victor Gully took notice of the featured exhibit in the Manteca Historical Museum, pointing out at the various local schools that he once attended.

They were part of the Reminisce Group that meets every third Tuesday at the museum.

“We get together and share old memories,” said Howe, who is the director of the Manteca Historical Society.

Take Wilson’s American Legion findings, for example. He was hoping to get identifications on a series of old photos that were quickly placed in a frame for preservation.

“It looked like something for the museum,” he said.

Sitting directly across from Wilson on this day was Wesley Middleton of the Reminisce Group. He was quick to spot his childhood photo among the series of old snap shots taken presumably of American Legion youngsters.

“This photo looks like it was taken back in the late 1920s,” Wilson said.

Howe is familiar with the Overshiner home. This Manteca pioneer was his great-great grandfather.

He was working for J.R. Simplot when he came across a 1983 photo that appeared in the Manteca Bulletin of him standing in front of the six-room bungalow.

Howe also discovered that, on Oct. 31, 1913, the town had two newspapers, The Irrigation Bulletin and The Manteca Enterprise.

Both publications included the completion of the Overshiner home as front page news.

“The building itself, the work of contractor Dan Baysinger, cannot be surpassed for the neat compactness and fitting beauty,” said the Irrigation Bulletin.

Gully, meanwhile, was thrilled to see the old school house exhibit at the museum.

He first attended the old Veritas School, moving from Lindbergh, Yosemite, Summer Home, and back to Yosemite. In eighth grade, Gully recalled attending school at Manteca High while awaiting the completion of Lincoln School.

“We moved around a lot when I was young,” he said.

Gully added: “I was part of that first class at Lincoln.”