50 Years Ago

From the Archives of The West Side Index, April 10, 1969

Beautification of Entrance Signs And Shrub Planting To Start — Newman Garden Club asked for and received financial support for beautification of the entrances to the city when representatives of the club outlined plans before the City Council on Tuesday night. The club’s project was presented by Mrs. F.A. Patchett and Mrs. Howard More. As announced previously a rustic roof is to be constructed on top of the north and south entrance signs by the Orestimba High School shop classes after removal of the service club signs that are now located there. Councilmen agreed to finance the purchase of material at a cost of $107.10

Warriors And Ponderosa Clash In Prep Tourney Finals On Saturday — A hopeful sign for fair skies come Saturday has prompted the Orestimba Boosters Club to reset the day for the championship and consolation finals of the first annual prep baseball tournament at Warrior Park. The Orestimba Warriors in the thick of the tourney battle from the start earned a deserving spot on the championship game with Ponderosa High School of Shingle Springs, who likewise did yeoman work in waylaying their opponents as they climbed the ladder to the championship playoff. The championship feature game will start at 3 p.m.

Proclamation: Orestimba Band Day is April 12th

WHEREAS, the Orestimba High School Band is an integral part of our community life, and 

WHEREAS, it is a vital part of High School life and serves in great measure to lift school spirit, and

WHEREAS, it represents the community as well as the High School when performing elsewhere,

WHEREAS, the band members are engaged in a project to purchase equipment which will further the educational facilities of the High School Band,

NOW, THEREFORE, I Howard B. Hill, Jr., Mayor of the City of Newman, do hereby proclaim Saturday, April 12th as ORESTIMBA BAND DAY in the City of Newman, and further do I urge that all citizens participate in their project by purchasing from the band members candy being sold beginning the week of April 12th.

Howard B. Hill, Jr.

Mayor, City of Newman

On Sale at Lloyd’s Super Market:

Rupert’s 8oz Pkg. Breaded Shrimp...$0.69

Skippy Dog Food.....10 cans for $0.99

Pork Chops....$0.89/1lb.

50 Years Ago

From the archives of The Gustine Standard, April 10, 1969

Dads Name John McKim to Council — John W. McKim, 52-year old retired USAF Lt. Col., was named Monday night in a unanimous vote by the Gustine City Council to replace Lowell N. Peters as a councilman. KcKim will fill out the unexpired term of about 12 months. Peters resigned from Council on March 3 without citing a reason. McKim is the owner and operator of McKims Laundry and Car Wash on South Ave.

25th Anniversary Marked By McCarthy Insurance — Yesterday, April 9, marked the 25th anniversary of the McCarthy Insurance firm. Officials of the Hartford Insurance Co., were here to honor the firm’s founder John D. McCarthy Sr., and his son, John Jr. who is a partner. The senior McCarthy founded the firm in 1944. Previously he was the West Side representative for California State Automobile Association. His son joined him as a full partner in 1960. One of the West Sides most prominent civic leaders, the senior McCarthy served as registrar for the Merced County Draft Board for more than 20 years. He headed many Red Cross campaign drives here, and has been very active in various projects of local nature.

Showing at the West Side Theatre:

“Bandolero!” starring James Dean and Stewart Martin

“Nombre,” staring Paul Newman