Folsom A to Z: Manuel George TrejoBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “T.”
- Manuel George Trejo was born Nov. 3, 1908.
- His mother was Dr. L. Etta Farmer, who lived on Figueroa Street.
- In 1926, Trejo had a son with Ramona (Ybarra) Trejo.
- Their son’s name was George M. Trejo, who passed in 2004.
- Trejo later married Gladys Trejo, who passed in 2014.
- In 1940, Trejo started his own garbage collection route in Folsom, before it was an incorporated city.
- He drove an old beat up truck to collect the garbage.
- Trejo charged his customers 50 cents each month to haul their garbage to the town dump, which was located over the bank on River Way.
- Most people didn’t even pay Trejo, but he did it anyway.
- After two years of only getting by, Trejo sold the company to Frank Buck for only a few hundred dollars.
- Trejo passed on May 30, 1997 in Folsom.
- Trejo Way, located in between Riley Street and Bidwell Street, is named in his honor.