Folsom A to Z: Manuel George Trejo

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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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.