Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Great article on the origin of Manteca (“1918: The birth of a city” in Tuesday’s Bulletin).
I just wanted to share that my Mom’s parents had a dairy in the Bay Area in the early 1900s and took milk by horse and buggy after 1906 earthquake to San Francisco.
They moved to Manteca in the 1920s. There were quite a few Portuguese in the area. As you wrote Cowell started a creamery and that was because of the available milk. The naming of the town as told by my Mom was that “MANTEIGA” is the Portuguese word for butter. The pronunciation of the “g” sounds more like a “c” in Portuguese. Somehow it was written in Ken Hafer’s version that it was Spanish or Mexican for lard?? Hardly makes sense.
The Manteca-Ripon Pentecost Association was organized and celebrated its first festa in 1919 at the same location it is today however it was just Manteca. The original community center in Ripon was sold to the City of Ripon in the late 1950s when Ripon Festa joined Manteca. Today the organization has nearly 400 dues paying members.
There is a Portuguese library and museum in San Leandro that chronicles the Portuguese in California- Portuguese Fraternal Society of America.
I look forward to the next article in the series.
A M Luis