50 Years Ago

From the Archives of The West Side Index, March 27, 1969

Council proceeds with annexation plan to extend city limit line — A map and description of five parcels of land the city proposes to annex that would extend the northern city limits north  along the east side of Highway 33 to match the present line on the west has been ordered by the City Council. The north boundary of the city is presently at the edge of the Mary Paul property on the east side of the highway but runs to the north of the San Luis Convalescent Hospital on the west side. If the annexation move is approved by the property owners involved the new city limits will extend 86-feet. 

Cool, cool, pure water! — Lake Michigan water may taste like turpentine, as the radio says, but this is not the case in Newman. The Newman Water Department has drawn the plaudits of the U.S. Department of Health who wrote the City Council the following: “Congratulations. Your water system has met the U.S. Public Health Drinking Water Standards of 1962 for each month of 1968. You have met the provisions of your permit granted by the California State Board of Public Health. We commend you for providing your customers with domestic water that is pure, wholesome and potable.” Signed: Department of Public Health.

Columbia recording artist Wanda Faye performs — Wanda Faye, will highlight an evening of entertainment and dancing at the Loyal Order of Moose No. 2150 April Fool’s Dance to be held this Saturday night at the Moose Hall from 9.pm. to 2 a.m. The talented recording artist will entertain the Moose members and their guests. This will be a second performance for Wanda Faye for the Moose group in the past two months.

On the menu at Virginia’s A&W Drive-In:

Barbecue Super Burger - 60 cents

Milk Shakes - 35 cents

Large Basket of French Fries - 25 cents

50 Years Ago

From the archives of The Gustine Standard, March 27, 1969

Cottonwood fishing site to be considered today — A new concept in sports fishing was introduced today in plans for the State Water Project. Special platforms for fishermen will be built across the California Aqueduct at two sites in Merced County where striped bass, catfish and other species have established populations in the big canal of the State Water Project. Locations of the proposed fishing sites are: Canyon Road, Mervel Road, and Cottonwood Road. The platforms will be cantilevered out from county road bridges across the California Aqueduct and parking areas will be built alongside the county roads. 

State allocates $2,500 for city airport — An allocation of $2,500 has been made to the City of Gustine by the California Aeronautics Board. This is money that to be used must be matched by a like sum from the city for specific improvements at the Municipal Airport. The money has been made available from the Airport Assistance Revolving Funds which were generated from the underfunded motor vehicle tax attributed to aviation, plus 2 cents withholding tax on the aviation gas tax. 

Red Cindermen win tri-meet — Gustine High School’s track team won a tri-meet with Orestimba and Patterson in Patterson Tuesday, by scoring 63 points. Newman was second with 44 points while Patterson gained 42. Earning firsts for the Redskins were Steve Freitas with a long jump of 18 feet, nine inches, Tom Scesa in low hurdles with a 21.6 time and the 220 in 24.9, Rick Rubiolo in the 440 with a time of 55.7, and Ron Sequeira with an 11-second 100-yard dash.

Easter Sale at Cornet Stores on 5th Street in Gustine:

Boys Jeans - $2.97

Ladies Loungers - $1.88

Transistor Radio - $2.67