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Museum on Main honors worthy recipients

Uploaded: Feb 16, 2023
Great selections by the Museum on Main for its History Makers as part of its annual fundraising event that took place last week.
They honored the Takens family, owners of Meadowlark Dairy since the 1950s. We’ve known the family almost that long, having moved into a home on Foothill Road south of the dairy in 1958. My mother routinely purchased milk from the drive-in on the original dairy site on Foothill Road when we were kids. That was before Jannes Takens relocated the cows to Tracy from the expansive field at Bernal Avenue and Foothill Road where the Laguna Oaks subdivision is today.
The Alviso Adobe city park housed part of the original dairy. The retail operation moved to its familiar location downtown on Neal Street and has flourished. They eventually got completely out of the dairy business so they buy product from others and sell it at the drive-through location.
It’s amazing how many soft-serve ice cream cones are served now that the third generation has taken over from Bruce and Patti. It’s also notable how many Pleasanton teenagers, perhaps numbering in the thousands, had their first paying job at the dairy.
The other honoree, Judy Rathbone Burt, is a native of Pleasanton whose family settled here in 1881. She worked for the school district in the Amador Valley library for much of her career and is known for volunteering with the museum and other organizations in town.

I ran into a first-in-my-lifetime experience Saturday when I stopped by the ATM machine at the Wells Fargo branch on 2nd Street in Livermore. I knew I needed some cash for the upcoming week so I inserted my card, punched in my code, and touched the screen for $40 in cash. It was taking a while and I got an odd question that asked me whether I wanted it in 20s or 50s. I said 20s, it spit out my card and started churning cash.
When the door opened, there stood a huge pile of cash--$3,000 in 20s I came to find out when I checked the mobile app and had the money counted and redeposited in my account inside the branch. Just how an ATM managed to dispense $3,000 when the normal one-day limit is $200-$300 remains a mystery to me. Just happy it happened during banking hours so I could easily rectify the error and redeposit it in my account—also helped that I happened to have that high a balance on that day.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Feb 16, 2023 at 11:55 am

Jennifer is a registered user.

If you're withdrawing $40 cash at the ATM, and they ask if you want it in 20s or 50s, that's a red flag. You can't get 50 dollar bills on a $40 dollar withdrawal. I would've cancelled the transaction and started over. Or go inside the branch. $3,000 is scary if the wrong person is behind you. Maybe you hit $4,000, not $40.

Posted by Vijay Gupta, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 21, 2023 at 8:35 am

Vijay Gupta is a registered user.

At least you received the money and was able to redeposit the amount.

On two separate occasions, a Wells Fargo ATM debited my account for cash not received and I had to request an internal investigation into the matter(s).

After 7-10 days, the money was credited back to my account.

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