50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • FEBRUARY 18, 1971

Football lights report presented to trustees 

The long-awaited report on football lights for Orestimba and Gustine High Schools was presented at the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District board of trustees meeting February 10 and brought about quite a discussion. 

It was finally decided by the board to hire an electrical engineer as consultant on an hourly basis to inspect both fields and see exactly what work has to be done.

After his report is finished, the board will decide if action is to be taken. If they decide to repair the lighting, the job will be put out for bids.

Superintendent John Duncan said that he would estimate the work cost about $600 at Orestimba and about $6,000 at Gustine. However, he emphasized that these figures were only guesses on his part. 

Feb. 20-27: Future Farmers Week

In November, 1928 the Future Farmers of America was founded to help young men prepare for careers in agriculture. Less than three years later the FFA chapter was founded at Orestimba High School. This year, as the members prepare to celebrate National FFA Week, the chapter and program are still going strong.

This year’s president is Gary Caseri. His officers are Mike Robinson, vice president; Norman Teixeira, secretary; and Sam England, treasurer. The club’s adviser is William Walker.

The FFA was founded on principles of service to members and to the community through personal involvement. This year the FFA members in Newman and throughout the nation are rededicating themselves to being “Involved in America’s Future.”

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The GUSTINE STANDARD • FEBRUARY 18, 1971

Everything all set for annual chamber event 

The top social event of the winter season - the Gustine Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Dance - will get under way at 6:30 Saturday night in the Memorial Hall. A social hour from 6:30 to 7:30 will precede the dinner, which will be prepared by Ki and Elsie Borrelli, caterers par excellence. 

Ken Alemeida, principal of the Gustine Elementary School and gifted off-the-cuff speaker, will serve as master of ceremonies and introduce honored guests at the dinner.

Merced firm wins South Ave. job 

Work is expected to begin soon on the Southern Pacific Railroad crossing at South Ave.

At the Tuesday night’s city Council meeting, City Manager Edwin Petersen read the bids he was authorized to obtain by previous council action, and the work of reconstructing the crossing was awarded to Merced Excavation & Grading Contractors. Their bid was the lowest of three obtained, and it was for $4,195.00. Petersen told council that the bids were from $500 to $1,000 higher than was anticipated, but if re-bid they would only get repeats of what they had.