50 Years Ago 

From the Archives of The West Side Index, July 24, 1969

Stuhr Road Work Progresses 

Six three-ton belly dumping trucks are moving at a heated pace to speed the rebuilding of Stuhr Road, Stanislaus County’s largest single road project of the summer. The trucks, are moving five thousand tons of gravel from Frank B. Marks and Sons Inc. pit every eight hours. Stuhr Road, which is the Newman access to the West Side Freeway, has been a source of the inconvenience to our a residents for the past four weeks. According to Frank B. Marks Jr., a company official said the project should be completed by this weekend when workers will begin the task of repaving the road. 

The rock being carried by the trucks will be used as base material for the new road. The $225,998 contract will correct the long stretch of road that was badly damaged by heavy equipment during the building of the freeway and the California Aqueduct. Stuhr Road had deteriorated considerably since the completion of the two state projects. 

Industry Focuses on Newman Plant 

Community leaders are expressing enthusiastic optimism on the establishment of a new industry broadening the economic base of the community which appears likely for the immediate future. 

A request for zoning change has been presented to the Newman Planning Commission, who after meeting in formal session on Monday night have called for a public hearing for Monday evening, August 4, on the matter of rezoning the former grocery store property in the north city to manufacturing from its present commercial category. 

The industrial firm from its general offices in Texas submitted the request to local planners giving firmly stated assurances on items related to the manufacturing processes of the proposed plant. 

Essentially the firm involves an extrusion operation in conjunctinon with blending and warehousing departments, and would create no smoke, noise or water pollution.

Receding water aids mosquito control

Draining of the flooded lowlands as river flows diminished and an increase in the application of insecticides from the air have provided the means for adequate control of both the pasture and encephalitis mosquitoes in the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, of which the west side of the county is a part. Steve Silveira, manager of the district, states that heavily vegetated areas, resulting mainly from the widespread flooding and heavy rainfall, were particularly troublesome.


50 Years Ago 

From the Archives of  The Gustine Standard July 24, 1969

About The Moon We’re at Loss for words

Man’s first steps on the moon, hailed around the world as one of his greatest accomplishments, if not his very finest hour, drew thoughtful reactions in Gustine.  Local residents are impressed with the magnitude of the performance, and they are pleased with the fact that Americans have made it to the lunar surface and off again but, like the rest of America, Mr. Gustine is not quite sure just what it means to him personally. 

Walter Jurasek, mechanical engineer at the Avoset plant, appreciated better than most what actually happened because he understands better than most some of the tremendous problems that had to be solved to make the trip possible. Jurasek came about as near as possible, perhaps, to expressing most people’s thoughts when he said, “What impact will it have on me personally? Very little, if any, probably. But for science and mankind, the possibilities it opens up are infinite.”

City to eye impact group 

At Mayor Dan Galatro’s suggestion, Gustine will take another look at the Westside Association of Governments before committing itself to that body. The organization was formed last week when representatives of West Side cities and the counties involved in development of the area met at the Los Banos May Day Fair Grounds. 

City Attorney George Murry also counseled caution, approving Galatro’s suggestion that city representatives see what happens at the next meeting before taking official action to become a part of a “regional government,” as Stanislaus County Supervisor James Franzen called it. 

Swim Lessons, water safety schedule 

Swimming lessons conducted under the Gustine Summer Recreation Program will get under way next week, according to Recreation Director Chuck Hoag.

These lessons will constitute the second instruction of the summer, the first groups having completed their lessons recently under instructions Theresa Maffei, Lynn Valerio, Sandy Hudson and Macy Willoughby. 

Signups for the new session will be handled at the pool today through Monday at a cost of $3 per youngster. Children receiving instruction will be divided into three groups: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced swimmers.