Agnes Elliott

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Agnes Elliott was born in Alturas, California, on Friday, Oct. 13,1899.

Her entrance into the world turned into a stroke of luck for Lathrop when her family moved to the South County community to farm.

She worked for the Manteca Cannery for many years before being hired as head clerk and postmistress. She was forced to retire from her postal job in 1970 after 29 years of service due to the mandatory federal retirement age of 70.

In 1929, she became president of the Manteca-Lathrop Women's Christian Temperance Union, a position she held for 60 years. When she retired from the Post Office, she served for 17 years as president of the San Joaquin WCTU.

During World War II, she donated blood every six weeks and volunteered as an enemy plane spotter for San Joaquin County. She served as a Lathrop School District board member for 30 years and was instrumental in getting the first street light in Lathrop.