60 years ago
Liberty Future Farmers win state fair awards: Liberty Future Farmers were well-represented in the awards in the FFA farm mechanics division at the state fair. Jack Lass received a first for his horse trailer, Don Tillotson a second for his garden tractor, and Jim Bartels a third for his fertilizer spreader. In the open division, another Liberty chapter member, James Fasono got a fourth and fifth for his rabbits.
The garden tractor entered by Don Tillotson was a demonstration of ingenuity. Taking an old one-horse gasoline motor, a washing machine gear box, and odds and ends, he constructed the tractor in the agriculture shop at the high school, even building the tracks. The Escalon FFA chapter won the sweepstakes in horticultural judging with Rio Vista, Tracy and Manteca chapters among the top winners.
25 years ago
East County Dodge is an all new place: If you think you've seen Antioch Dodge coming back to life, you are wrong.
The new business now opening at the former Antioch Dodge site at 85 E. 18th St. in Antioch is East County Dodge, a totally new business with an all new staff and featuring a tip-to-toe remodeling job.
"We'll be in full operations by Oct. 1," said Vice President and General Manager Don Stewart. "We'll start getting cars in here on Monday or Tuesday."
The business will offer only Dodge cars and trucks.
Not only are the showroom and business offices remodeled, the service bay is completely modernized, Stewart said.
"It is very expensive," he said of outfitting the shop. "We've got a state-of-the-art engine analyzer and diagnostic machine and computerized front-end alignment. This will probably be one of the most modern shops in the East County."
And the staff, although new to the site, is not new to the business of selling a servicing cars. Stewart has 18 years in the business. Andy Rodrigues, the sales manager, is a 20-year man. Valerie Moriss, the business and finance manager, has 13 years of experience, and Kaen Line, the office manager, has been doing similar work for 15 years.
"Also, a state-of-the-art computer runs the whole store," Stewart said, and handles accounting, parts and inventory, among other things.
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