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1997: New state law makes it illegal to smoke inside bars
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100 years ago

December 21, 1917

The report of the incorporation committee was read at the meeting of the Manteca Board of Trade on Wednesday evening. It laid out a proposed district one and one-quarter miles east and west and a mile north and south. After a discussion, a vote was taken, 19 being in favor and nine voting no. E. Powers said he was against incorporation at this time. F. M. Cowell said a sewer system is the principal object of incorporating and that, while it will cost money, the town has a great need of it. It was voted to hold a mass meeting at the Palace of Amusement in January, at which time the matter would be put up to all the people of the town.

P. J. Peltier, fire chief of the Manteca fire company, now has two fire companies with 41 members. Every Monday evening, a fire drill is held. Next Monday, a race will be held between the two companies. The prize is a supper to the two companies, to be paid for by the losing team.


80 years ago

December 18, 1937

Headed by George Johnson, president, a new set of officers was seated at Monday night’s meeting of the Manteca 20-30 Club, held at Frank’s Lunch. With Deputy District Governor Jack Wherry officiating, others installed included: Lee Fowler, vice-president; Jack Hays, secretary; Ed Prahser, treasurer; Marvin Miller, sergeant-at-arms;  Harry Bruten, Benjamin Goodwin, William Johnson and Larry Siemering, directors. Ray Stephens, as the outgoing president, was presented a past-president’s ring.


60 years ago

January 2, 1958

Building construction in Manteca during 1957 again passed the million-dollar mark, but was slightly less than the previous year. Last year, permits for all types of construction totaled $1,229,499, as against $1,252,661 for 1956. Also, permits for new homes taken out in 1957 dropped from 131 in 1956 to 86 in 1957. Some of the larger permits issued last year included the following: St. Anthony’s Church School, $70,000; St. Paul’s Federated Church classrooms, $66,000; and Masonic Temple, $40,000.


40 years ago

December 30, 1977

Thirty-two year-old Carlon Perry yesterday became the fourth contender for two City Council vacancies to be filled in the municipal elections on March 7. The open seats will occur as the terms of Councilmen H. C. Buchanan and Chuck Shaefer expire. Declared candidates as of Bulletin press time Thursday, in addition to Perry, are: Shaefer, Joseph Fichera and William Phillips. Perry is a native of Lathrop.


20 years ago

December 30, 1997

Watering holes are going smokeless starting January 1. That’s when California’s smoke-free workplace law, which will make it illegal to light up inside a bar, takes effect. The ordinance is drawing heated reactions from supporters and opponents alike.

Legal muscle is being added to Manteca’s curfew that controls the public movements of non-adults between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Police Chief Charles Halford, in conjunction with City Attorney John Brinton, has proposed changes to the city’s curfew ordinance to allow it to pass constitutional muster.


10 years ago

December 27, 2007

Six Manteca high school students are performing in the All-State Honor Choir concert in March. The Sacramento event features the 200 best high school choir singers in California. The local students are Trisha Fells and Marjorie Pio, from Manteca High; Samuel Beckwith, Haley Hoffdahl and Amanda Flieg from East Union High and Raymond Yoshida from Sierra High.