50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index January 1, 1972

Newman sales rise in third quarter 

Taxable sales in California mounted to an all-time quarterly peak at $11.8 billion during the third quarter of 1972, yielding sales use taxes, according to the state board of Equalization.

This statistical picture of California’s economy is painted in the report, “Trade Outlets and Taxable Retail Sales on California” for the Third quarter of 1971, released the second equalization District by Board of Equalization Member John W. Lynch. The report was prepared by the Board’s Statistical Research and Consulting Division.

Sales in Newsman were up slightly from the second quarter. Sales for the third quarter of the year reached $1,398,000, up from $1,356,000 for the second quarter.

Council accepts farm museum offer

The City of Newman has added to its collection of local historical objects by accepting prices of old farm machinery from the Simon Newman Company.

At the City Council meeting December 28, Mayor Hurd Barrington, Jr. said that the company had offered the machinery to the city for an outdoor museum. The equipment includes harvesters, a mowing machine, diesel pump engines, harness making tools, and other machinery. 

Barrington told the Council that the company had had offers to buy the equipment for other museums, but wanted to keep it in Newman if possible.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard January 1, 1972

Temporary use permit granted to savings firm 

At their meeting Monday night, Gustine City Councilmen unanimously approved a temporary use permit for the Citizens Federal Savings and Loan Association, providing supporting legal opinion on the matter.

Due to weather, the financial institution had asked the city for permission to do business before their building is completed. The building , which will house the mobile unit that will travel between the cities of Gustine, Newman and Patterson is expected to take some 60 days to construct.