Twice-Told Tales: Hawkins school opens 10 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

Classes have begun at the new Tom Hawkins School in the Jefferson School District. The school in southern Tracy has 510 students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, was the principal speaker for the annual luncheon welcoming new educators to Tracy area schools.

Local activist Bob Sarvey has filed a lawsuit to stop the development of GWF Energy’s peaker power plant west of town near the Owens-Illinois glass-container factory.

Jimmy Maxwell, 85, who learned to play the trumpet while a student at West Park School, has died in Great Neck. N.Y. As a professional musician, he played first trumpet with the Benny Goodman Band and the television studio band for “The Tonight Show” in New York City.

Former Tracy Press reporter Jonathan Partridge is leaving for Israel, where he will work for the Episcopal Church.

Banta Carbona Irrigation District has dedicated its $9.9 million fish screen on the BCID intake of the San Joaquin River.



25 years ago — 1987

The first California Bean Festival has gone off in good fashion in downtown Tracy. Some 18,000 people attended the two-day event.

A 3.5-mile fun run that opened the bean festival Saturday morning attracted 27 runners. Tim Gruber of Sunnyvale came in first in a time of 16 minutes, 2.2 seconds.

Barbara Matthews has been selected from among 10 candidates to be a new member of the Tracy Planning Commission. She has been a Tracy resident since 1980.

Tracy High School trustees approved spending $50,000 to convert the school’s typing room into a computer keyboarding facility.

Delays in completing final work will mean that Tracy’s newest school, Villalovoz Elementary, won’t open until Sept. 1.



50 years ago — 1962

Tracy acrobatic dancer Rene Fagundes is performing during Tracy Day at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton

Services have been held for Mrs. Anna Linne, 92, a pioneer resident of the Tracy area.

James R. French, superintendent of Tracy Public Schools (Tracy High and Tracy Elementary school districts) is beginning his first school year as joint superintendent of both districts.

New Jerusalem 4-H Club members won top honors for their electrical projects at the San Joaquin County Fair. Awards went to Danny Peterman, David Castro, Alvin Pots and George Teranishi. Al Ekenberg is the 4-H adviser.

Marie Klugow of Tracy has been elected junior vice president of the National VFW Auxiliary.



75 years ago — 1937

The Shell Oil Co. has recently secured leases on more than 6,000 acres of land in the hills south of Tracy as a prelude to oil exploration in that area.

The Tracy exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fair has won the Teefy Cup, the highest award given to a community display.

Acme Beer, a popular brand, is being advertised as “dietetically non-fattening.”



100 years ago — 1912

Classes of the new West Side Union High School District will open Sept. 11 on the second floor of the new Tracy Grammar School building on Central Avenue.

A.D. Tenney of Berkeley has been named high school principal and teacher, and Mary Acheson will be his assistant.

— Tracy Press archives
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