50 Years Ago: From the Archives of The West Side Index, July 10, 1969

New California Aqueduct Maintenance Station is Built

New and expanded facilities have been constructed recently by the California Water Resource Department for maintenance of the huge California Aqueduct near here. The new maintenance station is on a two-acre parcel of ground off Orestimba Creek Road five miles west of Newman. 

The new station which employs approximately ten men is now on state land. Previously all maintenance work was done from a leased yard at the corner of Bell Avenue and Orestimba Creek Road. The water of the California Aqueduct originates in Oroville Dam north of Sacramento and is pumped through the Delta pumping station south into the San Luis Project. From there some of the waters are pumped as far south as San Diego. 

New Mayor Elected, Councilman is Seated

Newman elected a new mayor and seated a new city councilman Tuesday night when the City Council acted to fill the vacancies left by the sudden death of mayor Howard Hill. The new mayor is Hurd Barrington, a longtime councilman. To fill the late mayor’s seat on the council they approved the appointment of Al Husman. 

Mayor-pro-tem Edward Hansen, who has been functioning as mayor since the death of Mayor Hill, opened the Tuesday meeting with silent prayer to honor the late mayor. The Council also passed a resolution honoring his years of dedication service to the city. 

$91,000 Study Center Being Constructed

Work is underway on the Catechtical Center being built by the St. Joachim’s Catholic Parish on O street adjoining the present church buildings.  C.S. Plumbing Co. of Stockton is the contractor on the $91,215.00 project. Father Manuel P. Costa, pastor, states that the new building will include six classrooms and office facilities for parish religious instruction. 

The building will be air-conditioned and will have a tile roof matching the present church structure. 

50 Years Ago: From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, July 10, 1969

Good Turnout Here for 4th of July Celebration 

An estimated 10 to 12,000 people lined the streets and crowed the high school athletic field to watch the big parade and the fireworks show last week at the close of this city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration. The traditional features of the celebration-- the bathing beauty contest, Frank Borrelli’s frog jump, the chicken barbecue – along with newer attractions like the water Festival were well attended in a charged lineup that saw all the events scheduled  for the fourth of  July itself. 

Private Building Valuation Up 

Private building construction continued to climb during June with a monthly permit valuation of $7,430. This brought the total valuation for the first six months of this year to $171,855.

Drain District to Replace old Well 

A new well to replace number 20 near the end of Pfitzer Road will be drilled near the old one, directors of the Gustine Drainage District decided last week. 

Fulton Bambauer, Chairman of the board, explained that because of poor gravel strata, the old well wasn’t producing enough water. He said the strata in the new location looks good, and that a relatively shallow well will be sunk at a cost of about $1,800.  Directors expect to adopt a new budget soon for fiscal year 1969-70. Secretary (Mrs.) Carol Woodruff is doing preliminary work on it now, Bambauer said.