100 years ago
January 14, 1916
A commencement was made this week on preparatory work of the new St. Anthony Church. E. H. Jeffries has the location and level stakes all placed and work on the foundation will be begun right away.
80 years ago
January 9, 1936
If the committee is successful in raising sufficient money to pay the cost of giving the hunters a hot luncheon at noon, the Nile Garden Farm Bureau center will sponsor a rabbit drive on Saturday, February 22. The question of conducting the drive this year was brought up at the meeting of the center held in the Veritas schoolhouse Thursday night and B. A. Whitman appointed the committee. It was thought that at least $25 should be raised to pay the expenses.
70 years ago
January 10, 1946
Reluctantly acceding to the wishes of the directors, Wallace Rolen was re-elected president of the Chamber of Commerce for another term at a meeting Friday night. Ralph Breitenbucher, president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation, was elected first vice-president; C. N. Hansen, local manager for the Shell Oil Company, was elected second vice-president. George Lucken and Leon C. Schwartz, were re-elected secretary and treasurer, respectively. It was vote to have the annual membership dinner January 30 at Marvin’s Café. Members are to bring their wives as guests.
60 years ago
January 5, 1956
James McMahon, district manager of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, was elected president of the Manteca District Chamber of Commerce at Wednesday morning’s breakfast meeting. Harold Beebe and Monte Honey were elected vice-presidents and John Gatto, treasurer. Assemblyman John J. McFall will be master of ceremonies at the installation set for January 21 in the FESM dining hall on North Main Street. McMahon will succeed Ed Pitts in that office.
50 years ago
January 5, 1966
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the city will purchase slightly more than seven acres for a neighborhood park adjoining the Shasta School site on the east. The acreage would be combined and developed with the Shasta School site and used by the school and public. The property is owned by John Gemalis and if a price can be agreed upon, the city will apply for federal funds for half the cost.
40 years ago
January 7, 1976
The City Council Monday night voted to place the Joseph Road and West Edison-Acacia inhabited annexation proposals on the ballot for the March 2 Municipal election. Decision to put the proposals, designed to bring two of the three largest parcels of unincorporated land within the Manteca perimeter into the city, was made in spite of evidence some property owners and residents of the area would rather remain in the county.
30 years ago
January 8, 1986
Manteca’s builders say all they want is a trade-off for reducing flows into the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Mike Dadasovich, vice-president of the Manteca Builders Association, said he and other association members support a proposal submitted to the City Council Monday. The proposal asks for an allotment of sewer allocations for projects that had been started before the moratorium was initiated last year.
20 years ago
January 10, 1995
Manteca’s Spreckels Sugar Company plant is closing and 220 jobs will be lost as the 78-year old plant becomes the victim of a corporate buyout when its parent company decided to sell the sugar division to a competitor. The deal is pending regulatory approval. The sugar refinery is Manteca’s fifth largest employer. Corporate officials broke the news to employees late Monday afternoon about the $24 million sugar division sale.
10 years ago
January 6, 2006
There were only 17 more previously-owned homes sold in the city of Manteca in 2005 compared to 2004. But the 963 homes that closed escrow represented a stunning 30 percent increase in sales volume —$416 million — compared to the 916 homes sold in 2004 for $330 million. The median price of single-family detached homes sold through Central Valley Association of Realtors using Metro List hit $415,000.